With the majority of fall-planted California small grain crops reaching grain ripening stages and annual precipitation mostly finished, let's review 2017-18 seasonal weather patterns across the small grain regions of the state and at the UC small grain testing sites.
The season started out warmer and drier than usual, with infrequent rainfall events from November through February and precipitation totals that were roughly half of historical totals (Figure 1). This was accompanied by warmer than average temperatures over the same period, which resulted in more rapid development of small grain crops during the vegetative period of growth than would be the case in a normal year (Figure 2).
This is a reminder that the annual Small Grains/Alfalfa-Forages Field Day to be held at the University of California, Davis Agronomy Field Headquarters from 8AM – 4:30PM.
The event showcases UC efforts in breeding and agronomic research related to small grains, alfalfa and forage crops and is one of the longest running field days in the state. The schedule for the day is available here:
Please mark your calendars for the annual Small Grains/Alfalfa-Forages Field Day to be held at the University of California, Davis Agronomy Field Headquarters from 8AM – 4:30PM. We will send out an agenda closer to the date. We hope to see you there!
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- 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...