The growth stage of a crop is a critical piece of information for growers and agronomists. For small grain crops like wheat and triticale, many field management decisions are sensitive to the stage of crop development. These include irrigation, fertilizer additions, herbicide and pesticide applications, and harvest timing. In addition, the planting date, the amount and timing of rainfall and/or irrigation, and cumulative seasonal temperatures all impact how rapidly a crop emerges, develops and matures. Because of the extreme variability in winter weather in the state, rates of development for small grain crops in California are not always consistent from year-to-year and farm-to-farm. This can make precision management and planning more difficult.
As a result, we have created a new interactive website, The Crop Growth Stage and Forecasting Web-Tool, to improve the understanding of crop growth stages for fall-planted small grain crops in California. Users of this tool can input site- and time-specific information (e.g. location, planting date, crop type, irrigation) and receive a growth stage estimate for their wheat and triticale crops.
The growth stage estimate is based on a model developed from multi-season observations of wheat and triticale development in University of California field trials. The web-tool utilizes site- and time-specific weather to produce a predicted growth stage, alongside interactive graphs related to seasonal water and nitrogen (N) uptake patterns. The graphs include historical data (10-yr average), making it easy to compare the current season to average conditions. Forecasts are also available for the main crop-growing regions of California enabling users to anticipate changes in crop growth and development in the near-term. Users can also download their location-specific data for further exploration.
The Crop Growth Stage and Forecasting Web-Tool is one of a growing number of interactive, decision support web-tools available on the UC Small Grains Research and Information Center Website. These tools feature interactive user experience and communicate spatiotemporally specific information on a growing number of topics related to the management of small grains in California. Check them out at https://smallgrains.ucanr.edu/Decision_Support_Tools/. Also, sign up for updates related to UC small grain crop research and extension at the UC Small Grains Blog./span>
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
All early-career academics are invited to register for the upcoming UC ANR Programmatic Orientations.
Early career UC Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and AES faculty who have been hired within last three years or who have not attended in the past are strongly encouraged to register for both Zoom sessions.
ANR Leadership will discuss the mission of UC ANR and our varied roles in California and the University, as well as show examples of successful research and outreach programs.
You can engage in discussions with colleagues about the resources and opportunities available through UC ANR. The two sessions are not the same so participants are highly encouraged to attend both orientations.
Virtual meeting via Zoom
Part 1: Feb. 21, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
Part 2: March 2, 8:30-11:30 a.m.
To see the agenda and to register, visit https://ucanr.edu/sites/orientations/Programmatic_Orientation_819.
If you have questions about the orientations, contact UC ANR Program Support at ANRProgramSupport@ucanr.edu or (530) 750-1361.
- Author: Pamela Kan-Rice
Registration is now open for the UC ANR Statewide Conference 2023 being held April 24-27 at the Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center. The conference theme is “Growing Our Future Together, Aligning Strengths for California's Success.”
Vice President Glenda Humiston invites all UC ANR employees and affiliates to join her in Fresno as we begin to map the road to 2040 – envisioning UC ANR's role in advancing the health, success and sustainability of this unique and bountiful state we all call home.
Register at https://ucanr.edu/sites/statewideconference2023
All UC ANR personnel are invited and encouraged to participate:
Programmatic and administrative staff: Everyone in ANR, including community educators, assistants, superintendents, directors – all roles and positions
County-funded staff: Everyone employed through county governments in Cooperative Extension offices or other ANR locations
Academics: UC Cooperative Extension advisors, specialists, academic coordinators and administrators, and Agricultural Experiment Station (AES) faculty
Staff members, please discuss your participation with your supervisor, county director or program director/manager and obtain their approval.
Before registering, please visit the website to review the program. You will be required to select the events and conference sessions in which you will participate. Also, check the travel tips on estimating travel funds and the travel approval process. Note: If you take too long, the registration system will kick you out and make you start over from the beginning.
Commonly asked questions are posted at https://ucanr.edu/sites/statewideconference2023/FAQs.
Make your lodging reservations now at DoubleTree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center or nearby hotels.