The 2022-23 cropping season got off to a wet start throughout most of California. Across the main small grain growing regions of the state, rainfall is 158% of average to date (Figure 1), with 164% and 197% of average in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys, respectively.
Much of this rain came in high volumes over short periods. See for example the seasonal rainfall accumulation for a field in the Yolo County area compared to the historical (Figure 2).
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...
- Author: Konrad Mathesius
This year, nitrogen is expensive and wheat is worth a lot of money. Now is a good time to optimize your N fertilizer management strategies.
Join us for any one of a series of workshops focusing on the use and application of the UC Small Grains Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Webtool in tandem with a N-rich reference zone and soil nitrate quick test information. The seminars are geared toward CCAs, soil labs, and other industry crop...
The first event is next Wednesday, 4/20/22 from 9:30am – 12:00pm in Kings County at Hansen Ranches (35.999608, -119.621063; 1.25 mi E. of 10th Ave. and 1.5 mi S. of Redding Ave). Full...
We are excited to announce upcoming field events hosted by University of California Cooperative Extension:
Demonstrating Efficient N Fertilizer Management in Practices in California Wheat
On-farm field day in Kings County: Wednesday April 20th 2022, 9:30AM – 12PM.
On-farm field day in Yolo County: Thursday April 28th 2022, 8:45 – 10:45.
UC Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forages Field Day
UC Davis Plant Sciences Field Facilities: Tuesday May 17th 2022