We have received several recent inquiries following on our blog post from late January that discussed the potential value of a nitrogen (N) topdress at the tillering-to-jointing stages of wheat growth. This is particularly an issue with the higher than average precipitation we have experienced in California this year. The current question is whether a topdress of N might still be beneficial to wheat crops that are in the late-boot to early-heading stages of growth. Although fall-planted wheat...
- Author: Mark Lundy
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- Author: Konrad Mathesius
Rotational Crop Grower Meeting
Thursday, February 9, 2017, 8 a.m. - Noon
Norton Hall, 70 Cottonwood Street, Woodland
Over the past 4+ seasons, a UCCE team (Lundy, Orloff, Wright and Hutmacher) has revisited nitrogen (N) fertilization recommendations for hard spring wheat specific to California conditions. We have grown wheat under a wide range of conditions and soil types, while varying the timing and quantity of N fertilizer to create conditions of N deficiency and sufficiency at the various times in the season when a grower might consider a N topdress.
Image 1. Hard spring wheat (UC Patwin 515) grown in the 2014-15 season in Davis where N fertilizer (urea) was/was not broadcast-applied near the beginning of...
- Author: Mark Lundy
- Author: Nicholas Alexander George
This is the first post in our new blogging platform created as part of the ongoing improvements and developments from the UC Agronomy Research and Information Center (AgRIC). We envision this small grains blog to be a place for field notes, announcements, and discussions of interest to growers, consultants, agronomists and others involved in the California small grain industry.
For our first post we are happy to report on a successful Fall 2016 planting campaign for our regional small grain testing program. In all, we established variety tests at 11 fall-sown sites. Nine of these sites are located in the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Imperial Valleys: all 9 have common spring wheat varieties; 5...