The recent rain events in California have complicated crop production activities for many growers including delayed planting or harvesting and altered pest management activities (including weed control).
Below are my thoughts about the possible impacts wet weather could have on weeds and weed suppression:
- Rains can facilitate seed germination and seedling emergence although wet soils may delay post-emergence control activities (be they chemical or physical operations). Sarah Light, a UC advisor working in the Sacramento Valley, wrote this blog post last year about soil compaction and strategies to avoid it (
The South Sacramento Valley Wheat and Barley Field Demonstration Day will be held from 8:45 - 10:30AM on April 24th, 2019 in the Dunnigan Hills area. The program will feature UC small grain research on weed management, nitrogen management and variety testing. CUEs for Nutrient Management (0.5) and Integrated Pest Management (0.5) will be offered. Please see the following link for more information: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29668
There is still time to register for the April 11th SJV Weed Science Extension Day at the Westside Research and Extension Center in Five Points (17353 West Oakland Avenue, Five Points, CA 93624).
The meeting at the Westside Center will focus on agronomic crops, ROWs, and tree and vine systems. The session will also include hands-on weed ID and nozzle selection/drift management training.
The meeting has been approved for 3.5 CDPR continuing education credits (other).
These presentations are free to attend although we do request that you register by calling the UCCE Merced County office at 209-385-7403 to reserve your spot. The...
There will be TWO upcoming weed science extension days in the San Joaquin Valley this April.
The first will be held on the 2nd of April at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier (9240 South Riverbend Road, Parlier CA 93648) and the second will be held on April 11th at the Westside Research and Extension Center in Five Points (17353 West Oakland Avenue, Five Points, CA 93624).
The meeting at the Kearney Center will focus on rangeland, turf, and tree and vine systems while the meeting at the Westside Center will focus on agronomic crops, ROWs, and tree and vine systems. Both meetings will open with hands-on weed ID and nozzle selection/drift...
Italian ryegrass (Lolium multiflorum) is an annual grass that can sometimes behave as a biennial or short-lived perennial in California. The species is upright in habit (to about 3 feet in height); seeds germinate in the late fall and the plants grow vigorously through the winter and early spring. Ryegrass can be identified by its dark green, glossy and hairless leaves that are rolled in the bud. Auricles are well-developed and the ligules are long and membranous. Once flowering occurs, ryegrass is easily distinguishable by alternating spikelets that run along the length of the main flowering stem (April through September). Additional photos can be found at the end of this post; more details regarding Italian ryegrass...