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Alfalfa and Forage Systems

Summary The California Alfalfa & Forage Systems Workgroup is the key UC contact point for alfalfa and forage crops. We address educational, research, and grower/public issues for the state's alfalfa and forage crops which occupy more than 2 million irrigated acres in CA. The Workgroup is the principal organizor and sponsor of the California Alfalfa Symposium, and has sponsored Western and National Forage Conferences. We provide an interdisciplinary approach to pest management, water resources, irrigation, forage quality, cropping systems, economics, alternative forages, seed genetics, biotechnology, and environmental issues as these relate to forage systems. We seek to envision more sustainable, lower impact forage systems for the future.
Workgroup Chair Information
Name Daniel Putnam (Chair)
Phone (530) 752-8982
Unit: Department of Plant Sciences
Location: Department of Plant Sciences
One Shields Avenue
1210 Plant and Environmental Sciences Bldg
Davis, 95616-8780
Membership List
AES Scientist
Dahlke, Helen Land, Air & Water Resources
  Associate Professor in Integrated Hydrologic Sciences physical hydrology, surface water - groundwater interactions, groundwater recharge, on-farm recharge, nutrient transport, stochastic hydrology, DNA tracer technology
DePeters, Edward Animal Science
  Distinguished Professor Ruminant nutrition of dairy cattle; mammary gland synthesis of milk protein and fat; nutrient digestion, absorption, and metabolism; evaluation of by-product feedstuffs and forage quality.
Van Deynze, Allen Department of Plant Sciences
CE Advisor
Biscaro, Andre Ventura County
  Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor Irrigation and nutrient management of berry and vegetable crops
Campbell, Marsha
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Field crops
Canevari, Mick San Joaquin County
  Farm Advisor, Emeritus Weed Control
Clark, Nicholas Kings County
  Agronomy Advisor Agronomic Cropping Systems and Nutrient Management
Forero, Larry Shasta County
  Emeritus: County Director Livestock and Natural resources
Getts, Thomas Lassen County
  Weed Ecology & Cropping Systems Advisor Weed control in wildlands, rangelands, and the forage-based cropping systems of the intermountain region.
Hembree, Kurt Fresno County
  Weed Management Farm Advisor Weed management strategies in crop and non-crop settings
Leinfelder-Miles, Michelle San Joaquin County
  Farm Advisor Crop Production, Soil and Water Resources, the Delta
Long, Rachael Capitol Corridor MCP Cooperative Extension
  Emeritus Farm Advisor for Field Crops, Pest Management Pest management, agronomy, dry beans, alfalfa, water quality, oil seed crops
Mueller, Shannon Madera County
  Emeritus Agronomy Farm Advisor Agronomy, alfalfa seed, hay production, seed certification, forage crops, pollination and honeybee management, oil seed crop production, and dry beans.
Natwick, Eric Imperial County
  Entomology Advisor, emeritus Entomology, Pest Management
Snell, Laura Modoc County
  County Director and Livestock & Natural Resources Advisor Livestock & Natural Resources
Wilson, Rob Intermountain Research & Extension Center
  Farm Advisor Pest managment in vegetable and field crops; Potato variety development; Production of potatoes, onions, peppermint, and small grains
CE Specialist
Bali, Khaled Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
  Irrigation Water Management Specialist Irrigation and water management, irrigation systems, soil salinity, drainage, infiltration, water quality, TMDL, biosolids
Geisseler, Daniel Land, Air & Water Resources
  Cooperative Extension Specialist in Nutrient Management Nutrient management in crop production
Grettenberger, Ian Entomology (UCD)
  Assistant Specialist in CE Field and vegetable crop IPM, insect ecology
Lemaux, Peggy Plant & Microbial Biology
  Professor of Cooperative Extension Research interests focus on using 'omic technologies to understand interactions between plants, microbes and the environment. Efforts specifically focus on understanding abiotic and biotic stresses and carbonsequestration to combate climate change. Outreach efforts focus on communicating about food, agriculture and modern genetic technologies.
Lundy, Mark Department of Plant Sciences
  Associate CE Specialist Grain Cropping Systems, resource use efficiency, integrating technology into production practices, nitrogen and carbon cycling in crop-soil systems, genotype x environment x management interactions, phenotyping, remote/proximal sensing technologies
Putnam, Daniel Department of Plant Sciences
  Cooperative Extension Specialist, Agronomist in the AES Alfalfa and forage crops systems, forage quality and utilization, alternative field crops, cellulosic energy crops (switchgrass, miscanthus) crop ecology.
Robinson, Peter Animal Science
  CE Specialist On-farm animal management systems; on-farm implementation of strategies to reduce the environmental impact of cows.
Westerdahl, Becky Nematology CAES
  CE Specialistáá Professor Applied nematology, integrated pest management
Zaccaria, Daniele Land, Air & Water Resources
  Associate Professor and Agricultural Water Management Specialist in Cooperative Extension Agricultural water management and irrigation
Bowles, Philip
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes
Malkin, Richard
  Professor Emeritus Photosynthesis: energy transduction in biological membranes, tntcube
Membership Totals
Number of Members29
ANR Members25
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