- Author: Mark E Lundy
- Author: Micah Levinson
- Contributor: Karla Estrada
- Contributor: Joshua Hegarty
Preliminary grain and forage yield results for our fall-planted common wheat, triticale, durum wheat and barley trials are now available on the UC Small Grains Research and Information Center website:
The results are preliminary and may change as samples and data are analyzed further. Final/complete results will be available in 6 to 8 weeks.
We appreciate the contributions of collaborators who helped make this year's trial possible!
2023 UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forages Field Day
May 11th, 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Supported by the California Crop Improvement Association (CCIA)
Department of Plant Sciences Field Facility, UC Davis
(2400 Hutchison Dr, Davis CA 38.5390, -121.7800)
Please join us for upcoming field events hosted by University of California Cooperative Extension:
Nutrient Management Alternatives in Small Grains: Research Updates
4/18/2023 from 8:40 to 10:30
On-farm in Solano County
UC Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forages Field Day
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...