The annual Alfalfa and Forage Field Day at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier, CA 93648) will take place on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. Registration begins at 7:30am, and lunch is offered at the end of event. The event is free, and no registration is required.
7:30 AM Registration
8:00 Tram leaves for field tour
- Alfalfa Varieties for Pest and Disease Management – Shannon Mueller, Agronomy Advisor and County Director, UCCE Fresno
- Remote Sensing in Sorghum to Phenotype Drought Stress – Jeffery Dahlberg, Director, Kearney Agriculture Research & Extension Center
- Sub-Surface Drip Irrigation Alfalfa Management – Daniel Putnam, CE Agronomy & Forage Specialist, UC Davis
9:15 Tram Returns
9:20 Managing Weeds in Agronomic Crop Rotations – Kurt Hembree, Weed Management Advisor, UCCE Fresno
9:40 Alfalfa Weevil Management – Rachael Long, Agronomy & Pest Management Advisor, UCCE Sacramento, Solano, & Yolo Counties
10:00 Managing Sugarcane Aphid in Forage Sorghum – Nicholas Clark, Agronomic Cropping Systems & Nutrient Management Advisor, UCCE Kings, Tulare, & Fresno Counties
10:20 Irrigation & Nitrogen Fertility Management in Forage Sorghum & Corn – Robert Hutmacher,CE Specialist, UC Davis, & Director of West Side Research & ExtensionCenter
11:00 Irrigation Systems and Salinity Management in Forage Production– Daniel Munk, Agronomy & Irrigation Advisor, UCCE Fresno
11:20 Low Lignin Alfalfa & GMO vs. Conventional Varieties for Export – Dan Putnam, UC Davis
11:40 Optimizing Surface Irrigation in High Flow Systems – Marsha Campbell-Matthews, Agronomy Advisor Emeritus, UCCE Stanislaus
12:00 PM Lunch
Continuing Education Requested: DPR 1.5 hours of Other
For more information, contact Nicholas Clark at (559) 852-2788 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Register for the Weedy Rice Workshop
UC Cooperative Extension and the California Rice Commission are sponsoring this workshop to update growers and consultants on the current weedy rice situation in California and on research that is being conducted by the University of California. Additionally, guest speaker, Dr. Nilda Burgos from the University of Arkansas, will be presenting on weedy rice management, lessons from the southeastern U.S. Two workshops will be held:
- August 9th, 9:00am – 12:00pm, New Earth Market Harvest Room, 1475 Tharp Road, Yuba City
- August 10th, 9:00am – 12:00pm, Colusa Casino, 3770 Hwy. 45, Colusa
There is no cost to attend, but on-line registration is required. Enrollment per workshop is limited to 50 people, so please enroll early. Lunch is included. Applications for DPR and CCA CE hours have been submitted.
Information on weedy rice in California is also available from this website, which was developed by UC Cooperative Extension and the California Rice Commission.
2. Armyworm Update
We continue to monitor armyworms in Delta rice fields. Moth trap counts were high at the end of June, but the count did drop during the first week of July. We encourage growers and consultants to continuing monitoring this pest, particularly in late-planted rice. Keep an eye out for a another generation of worms that may become evident when panicles have emerged. UC IPM has the following guidelines for monitoring and treatment. The E.P.A. has granted an emergency approval of Intrepid 2F (methoxyfenozide) in rice growing counties. Please contact the County Agricultural Commissioner's office for more information.
The annual UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day will take place on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at the Agronomy Field Headquarters (2400 Hutchison Drive, Davis, CA 95616). 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. Directions are as follows:
The field day is located on Hutchison Drive, just west of Davis. Take the Hwy. 113 exit north from I-80, or Hwy. 113 south from Woodland. Exit west on Hutchison Drive. Take a right at the first roundabout, a left at the second roundabout, and the Agronomy Headquarters is about ¼ mile down in a clump of trees and buildings on the left.
7:45 Registration (no charge)
Small Grains Program
8:15 Welcome and Introductions—Mark Lundy, CE Grain Cropping Systems Specialist
8:20 Overview of wheat breeding—Jorge Dubcovsky, UC Davis wheat breeder
8:25 California Wheat Commission remarks—Claudia Carter, Executive Director
8:30 California Crop Improvement Association remarks—John Palmer, Executive Director
8:35 Depart for field
9:00 – 11:30 Small grain variety evaluations, breeding, and management research
9:00 Common Wheat, Durum and Triticale variety evaluations: productivityanddiseaseresistance—Mark Lundy and Nicholas George, UCCE/UCDavis
9:30 Barley breeding update—Alicia del Blanco, UC Davis
9:45 Wheat breeding update—Oswaldo Chicaiza, UC Davis
10:00 Common wheat lines with increased resistant starch, positive and negative effects on agronomic traits— André Schönhofen, UC Davis
10:15 Triticale breeding for breadmaking quality—Josh Hegarty, UC Davis
10:30 Root differences favoring flooding and drought tolerance—Tyson Howell, UC Davis
10:45 Research progress in grain yield components—Alejandra Alvarez/Junli Zhang, UC Davis
11:00 Barley & Common Collaborative variety evaluations: productivity and disease resistance— Mark Lundy and Nicholas George, UCCE/UC Davis
11:10 Malting barley market prospects—Konrad Mathesius, UCCE Sacramento Valley Agronomy Advisor
11:15 Research update: Nitrogen management for productive & high quality malting barley—Taylor Nelsen, UC Davis
11:25 Seeding rates in grain sorghum—Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE Delta Farm Advisor
11:35 Return for lunch
12:00 Barbeque Lunch
Alfalfa and Forage Program
12:30 Welcome and Introductions—Dan Putnam, UCCE/UCD Alfalfa Specialist
12:35 Appreciation for the Field Station Staff—Brad Hanson & Ted Dejong, UCCE/UC Davis
12:45 Key Activities for California Alfalfa & Forage Association—Jane Townsend, CAFA, Sacramento, CA
1:05 Near-loss of Chlorpyrifos (Lorsban) – The story isn't over yet: pay attention to stewardship in alfalfa IPM! – Pete Goodell, UC IPM Program, Kearney Ag Center, Parlier, CA
1:20 Implementing IPM in Alfalfa Production for insects, weeds and diseases –Rachael Long & Larry Godfrey, UCCE Yolo-Solano-Sacramento Counties, Woodland, CA
1:35 Alfalfa Blogs- Electronic Communications on Pest Management of Interest to you!— Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, Delta Region, CA
1:40 Developing cropping systems to maximize protein from alfalfa for human consumption – Dan Putnam, UC Davis, Davis, CA
2:05 Identifying the Bad Guys—Identifying Weeds Common in Sacramento Valley&What strategies makes sense Q&A –Brad Hanson, Weed Specialist, UC Davis
2:20 Poisonous weeds in alfalfa – Nitrates, alkaloids and tannins: What are the keyones that affect animals?—Birgit Puschner, UC Veterinary College, UC Davis
2:35 Estimating the true water needs of alfalfa and using ET to schedule Irrigations–Daniele Zaccaria, Irrigation Specialist, UC Davis, CA
2:50 Kura Clover – Introduction of a new crop – the importance of being patient–Dan Putnam, UC Forage Specialist, UC Davis, CA
2:55 Switchgrass Plantings for Biofuels—Dan Putnam, UC Davis
3:00 Choosing Alfalfa Varieties for Maximizing Pest Resistance and Yield—Dan Putnam, UC Davis
3:15 Low Lignin Alfalfa – A New Technology coming along - Current and Future UC Experiments – Brenda Perez, UC Graduate Student, UC Davis
3:30 Drip Irrigation Studies in Alfalfa—Ali Montazar, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
3:45 Breeding and Evaluation of Fall Dormancy in Alfalfa – Charlie Brummer, UC Davis
4:00 Deficit Irrigation of Alfalfa and Interactions with varieties—James Radawich, Graduate Student, UC Davis
4:20 Return to Base/h2>
The California Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy will be holding its annual Plant and Soil Conference January 31 and February 1 in Fresno, California. Program information and agenda are available from calasa.ucdavis.edu.
Keynote presentation: "Agricultural Information Overload-Separating Fact from Fiction"
Dr. Ken Cassman: Emeritus Professor, UN of Nebraska, Lincoln. Former Head of the Agronomy, Plant Physiology and Agroecology Division of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) of the Philippines
Breakout Sessions include:
- Pest/Weed Management
- Nutrient Management: Responsibilities and Liability
- Nutrient Management
- Complex Issues in Agriculture
- Agricultural Water Management
- Soil Biology: Understanding Management Options and Potential Benefits
- Measuring and Managing Variability
- Water Sustainability
- New Ways of Looking at Old Problems: Innovations in Agronomic Analysis and Research
Credit Hours (CEU's): Applied for 16 CCA hours and 1.5 PCA hours.
Pre-registration fee: $105 for 1 day; $195 for 2 days. Walk-in registration: $115 for one day; $215 for two days.
Hotel Reservations: Call the Doubletree Hotel and Convention Center at (559) 268-1000 and mention “CA Plant & Soil Conference-ASA”. Conference rate = $119 + taxes, while blocked rooms last.
On Friday, January 6th, I hosted the annual SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting in Stockton, CA. The presentations from that meeting have now been posted to my website and are available here. Also available from my website are full reports of local research trials, including the Delta sorghum seeding rate trial and field corn variety trial.
UC statewide specialists make their research results available through the Agronomy Research and Information Center (RIC) website. At the meeting, we had presentations that referenced the sorghum website and the variety selection tool for small grains, which are products of UC statewide programs.
We hope you will find this information useful, and we hope you will share your feedback with us so that we may best serve your research and outreach interests.