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  • Summary of early-season conditions for 2018-2019 fall-planted California small grain crops

    Added January 21, 2019
    Figure 1. Historical (10-year, left) and current (right) seasonal precipitation totals between 10/1/18 and 1/20/2019 in California small grain growing regions.

    After a relatively dry start to the rainfall season from October through early November, rainfall in California since November has been above average. About halfway through the rainy season, year-to-date precipitation totals are approximately 20-30%...

  • SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting

    Added December 10, 2018

    UC Cooperative Extension will host the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA...

  • 2018 Field Corn Variety Trial Results

    Added November 6, 2018
    UCCE Delta field corn variety trial.

    Table 1 shows the results of the 2018 UCCE Delta field corn variety trial, located on Tyler Island. Three replicate blocks of fourteen varieties were planted on May 9th by air planter. The fourteen varieties included 12 varieties submitted by seed...

  • 2018 Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day: Presentations now available

    Added October 25, 2018

    This year's Alfalfa and Forage Field Day held on September 19, 2018 at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, CA, was another success. The presentations and handouts from that day are now available on the University of...

  • 2017-2018 UC Statewide Small Grain Variety Testing Results Update

    Added October 18, 2018
    2018 fall sites

    Results from all fall-planted 2017-2018 UC Statewide Small Grain Variety Testing Program trials are now available on the UC Small Grains website: http://smallgrains.ucanr.edu/Variety/. These include fall-planted common wheat, durum wheat, triticale and...

  • 2017-18 UC Statewide Small Grain Variety Testing Results Update

    Added September 20, 2018
    2018 Common Wheat Yield Heat Map

    The most up-to-date results from the 2017-18 UC Small Grain Variety Testing Program trials as well as trials from previous seasons can be found at the UC Agronomy Research and Information Center Small Grains websites. There are two interactive sites...

  • 2018 Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day Agenda

    Added September 5, 2018
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    The agenda for the annual Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day is set. Where: Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center; 9240 S. Riverbend Ave.; Parlier, CA 93648 When: Wednesday, September 19, 2018 @ 7:30 AM - 12:15 PM What: A half day of...

  • What to do with those tough to control perennial weeds in established alfalfa?

    Added August 17, 2018
    AlfalfaWeeds

    The old saying, “Everything's fine until it's not,” comes to mind when dealing with some tough to control perennial weeds in alfalfa production during the summertime. Such was the case for an alfalfa field in the Sacramento Valley, where weed...

  • New UC IPM Guidelines for Dry Beans

    Added August 16, 2018
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    The Insect and Mite sections of the UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for Dry Beans have been recently revised and updated and are now available online at: UC IPM Dry Beans Pest Management Guidelines. Authors include UCCE...

  • Dry Bean Field Meeting, UC Davis, Thursday, August 23, 2018, 10 am- 12:30 pm

    Added August 15, 2018
    Dry Bean Field Day, UC Davis

    UC Davis Agronomy Farm  Directions: In the field across from the UC Davis Bee Biology Lab (same place as previous years). From Hwy 113 in Davis, exit on Hutchison Dr. Go west, turn north at the first roundabout, then west at the second...

  • Southern Blight in Lima Beans

    Added August 7, 2018
    Southern blight infected lima bean root (left); small tan sclerotia that are diagnostic of the southern blight fungal pathogen (yellow arrow).

    A baby lima bean field in the Sacramento Valley was recently found to be infected with southern blight (Sclerotium rolfsii), a fungal pathogen that's found in many crops. The field was double-cropped with barley and planted late June. Symptoms and...

  • Preliminary yield results from fall-planted 2017-18 variety trials

    Added August 7, 2018
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    Preliminary grain 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...

  • Lima Bean Root and Crown Rot

    Added July 11, 2018
    Figure 1. Lima bean root and crown rot.

    I visited a lima bean field in the Delta at the beginning of June. The beans were showing what appeared to be dampening off symptoms (Figure 1), and dying plants were leaving large gaps down the rows. The problem was pretty widespread...

  • Charcoal Rot on Garbanzos in the Sacramento Valley

    Added June 25, 2018
    Garbanzo field with charcoal rot

    A field in Sutter County was confirmed to have charcoal rot, also known as dry root rot or ashy stem blight, which is caused by the fungus Macrophomina phaseolina.  The disease generally occurs under dry soil conditions paired with high...

  • Strategies to Avoid and Manage Soil Compaction

    Added June 11, 2018
    Bean field with soil compaction

    Soil compaction is often a problem in field crop production and occurs when soil particles are pressed together, reducing available pore space for air and water. About half the soil volume is composed of particles, the other half is soil pores. At field...

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