- Author: Daniel H Putnam
Come and join farmers, industry reps, PCAs and researchers at the annual Grains/Alfalfa Field Day at UC Davis
The annual UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day will take place on Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at the Agronomy Field Headquarters (2400 Hutchison Drive, Davis, CA 95616). Program is below.
This event is organized by University of California Cooperative Extension, and sponsored by California Crop Improvement Association and UC Davis.
Registration opens at 7:45am, and lunch is provided between the small grains morning program and alfalfa afternoon program. The event is free and open to the public, and continuing education credits will be available. Check here for updates.
Participants learn about new varieties, pest management and production research at Alfalfa/Grains Field Day.
Grains/Alfalfa/Forages Field Day Program
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences Field Headquarters, 2400 Hutchison Dr., Davis, CA 95616
8:00-4:30 Includes FREE LUNCH
CEUs: PCA and CCA Credit Offered (TBD)
(watch here for updates)
7:30 Registration (no charge)
8:00am – Noon: Small Grains Program
8:00 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:20 Depart for field (travel to breeding trials)
8:35 – 11:50 Small grain breeding, variety evaluation and agronomic research
8:35 Malting Barley & Oat Breeding: Alicia del Blanco, UC Davis
8:45 Barley Breeding for Food, Feed and Forage: Allison Krill-Brown, UC Davis
9:00 New Wheat Varieties: Oswaldo Chicaiza, UC Davis
9:15 Breeding Triticales for Bread and Forage: Josh Hegarty, UC Davis
9:25 Increasing Grain Size and Number: Alejandra Alvarez, UC Davis
9:35 A New Gene Controlling Number of Grains Per Spike: Saarah Kuzay, UC Davis
9:40 Balancing Source and Sink to Increase Yield: Jorge Dubcovsky, UC Davis
10:00 Herbicide Programs for Barley and Wheat: small grain herbicides and maximizing efficacy for control: Lynn Sosnoski, UC Cooperative Extension
10:20 Italian Ryegrass: Updates on Cultivation vs Herbicide Trials: resistance and methods for control: Konrad Mathesius, UC Cooperative Extension
10:30 Warm-season legume cover crop between winter small grains: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UC Cooperative Extension (This project was supported by the California Climate Investments program.)
10:45 Using Nitrogen Rich Reference Zones to Guide Wheat Topdress Decisions in the Sacramento Valley: Sarah Light, UC Cooperative Extension
10:55 Yield and Protein Stability for Wheat and Triticale Varieties Grown under N and Terminal Drought Stress: Mark Lundy, UC Cooperative Extension
11:05 Updates on UC Statewide Small Grain Trials: Seasonal conditions, pests and diseases, nitrogen management, and extension efforts: Mark Lundy, UC Cooperative Extension
11:15 Comments from breeders with entries in UC Statewide Small Grain Trials
11:30 UC Statewide Small Grain Trial Observations
11:50 Return for lunch
12:00 Noon Barbeque Lunch
Many thanks to California Crop Improvement Association for the complementary lunch!
12:45-4:00 Alfalfa/Forages Program
Wednesday, May 15, 12:45-4:30
12:40 Welcome and Introductions—Dan Putnam, UCCE/UCD Alfalfa Specialist
12:45 Begin Field Tour:
12:50 Managing Alfalfa in a Wet Year- What are the Diseases?-How to Keep your Fields Healthy? Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor, Yolo County, Woodland, CA
1:05 IPM and Managing for Weevil Resistance in Alfalfa – Ian Grettenberger, Entomology Specialist, UC Davis, CA
1:20 Evaluation of N Stabilizers in Corn –Michelle Leinfelder Miles, UCCE Farm Advisor, Delta Region.
1:35 Forage Sorghum as a Summer Option: Controlling Sugarcane Aphid in Sorghum/ Sudangrass—Nick Clark, UCCE Farm Advisor, Kings/Fresno/Tulare Counties
1:50 Innovations in Overhead Irrigation – How that might improve Water Use Efficiency—Isaya Kisekka, UC Davis Professor, Irrigation Technology
2:10 Fun with Drones –Detecting Pest and Diagnosing Problems with Aerial Photography—Umair Gull, UC Davis Graduate Student, Plant Sciences.
2:25 Controlling Difficult Weeds in Alfalfa—Lynn Sosnoskie, UCCE Farm Advisor, Merced County.
2:50 Alternative Crops Research—Kura Clover, Switchgrass, Hemp—Dan Putnam, UC Davis
3:05 Reduced Lignin Alfalfa Varieties and Interactions with Harvest Scheduling—Brenda Perez, Graduate Student UC Davis
3:20 Analyzing Alfalfa Varieties for Pest Resistance (Nematodes, Insects, Diseases) and other characteristics—Dan Putnam, UC Davis
3:35 Alfalfa and Tall Fescue Breeding Programs at UC Davis –Charlie Brummer and students, UC Davis.
3:50 Test your Weed ID IQ: Weed Identification—Brad Hanson, UC Davis
4:15 Return to Headquarters
Directions:The Field Day is located on Hutchison Road, Davis, just west of town. Take 113 exit north from I80 or 113 south from Woodland. Turn west on Hutchison Road, take a right at the first roundabout, left at the second roundabout, the Agronomy Headquarters is about ¼ mile in a clump of trees and buildings on your left. Register on site. Parking and registration and barbequi lunch is free.