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  • Estimate Crop Growth Stages for Wheat and Triticale with New Interactive Web Tool

    Added February 1, 2023
    Growth Stage Estimate

    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,...

  • CA Dry Bean Advisory Board Request for Research Proposals 2023

    Added January 6, 2023
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    The California Dry Bean Advisory Board (CDBAB) is requesting applied research proposals for 2023. This commodity-based research request is sponsored by the California Dry Bean Marketing Order, under the guidance of CDFA (CA Dept Food & Ag)....

  • Two More Nitrogen Management Webtool Seminars for CCAs, Crop Consultants, and Growers

    Added December 8, 2022
    N-rich reference zones

    Although much of this year's wheat has been planted, the cost of fertilizer and an unpredictable rainy season mean it's never a bad time to learn more about how to improve nitrogen management in small grains. Join us for nitrogen management seminars...

  • The risk of seed set by cover crops

    Added November 2, 2022
    Figure 1. Feekes stages, description and photos of Merced rye.

    Cereal rye, triticale and oats are commonly used as cover crops in the Salinas Valley in fall grown (Aug/Sept to Oct/Nov) and overwintered (Oct/Nov to Feb/March) planting slots. A key issue for growers is when to terminate the cover crop. This boils down...

  • Nitrogen Management Webtool Seminars for CCAs and Crop Consultants

    Added October 17, 2022
    Nitrogen Reference Plots 2021 Yolo County. Extra nitrogen has been added to the rectangular areas as a reference. Notice the higher values within several of the rectangular boxes indicating that the field might benefit from additional N fertilizer.

    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...

  • 2021-22 UC Small Grain Variety Testing Results

    Added October 3, 2022
    2022 UC Variety Trial (Fresno Location)

    Results for the 2021-2022 fall-planted UC Small Grain Variety Trials are now available at: Due to changing trends in California small grain production, there is a growing need for information on...

  • UC Dry Bean Field Day Handouts

    Added September 7, 2022
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    Last week, the UC Dry Bean Field Day was held on the UC Davis campus. The field day included presentations on dry bean breeding efforts for yield, pest management, and nutritional properties. Other presentations showed how technologies, like drones, can...

  • 2022 Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day

    Added September 1, 2022
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    The UC Alfalfa and Forage Field Day will take place on Thursday, September 29, 2022. The field day will take place at the Kearney Research and Extension Center, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier, CA 93648. Sign-in and morning...

  • Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day - Save the Date!

    Added August 20, 2022
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    Please save the date for the annual UC Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day! UC Cooperative Extension will provide updates on applied research in alfalfa and forage varieties, irrigation, nutrient and soil management, and pest...

  • Meeting Announcement: UC Dry Bean Field Day

    Added August 15, 2022
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    UC Davis and UC Cooperative Extension will host the UC Dry Bean Field Day on Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 9:00am to 11:00am. The field day will begin at the Campbell Tract on the UC Davis campus, which is a different location from where it...

  • Herbicide Damage to Baby Lima Beans Planted Prior to a Cold Spell

    Added August 12, 2022
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    Unusual growth patterns were observed in a newly emerging baby lima field in Colusa County that were planted in late April, prior to a cold snap. The grower planted the field into baby limas at 70 lbs of seed per acre. The field was planted on April 28th...

  • Preliminary yield results from fall-planted 2021-22 small grain variety trials

    Added August 11, 2022
    field trial at sunset

    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...

  • Compost Field Meeting

    Added July 8, 2022
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    UC Cooperative Extension and UC Davis will host a Healthy Soils Program field meeting on compost. The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 28th from 10:00am to 11:30am. The meeting will take place off of S. Landi Road, on Roberts...

  • Clover Root Curculio in Alfalfa

    Added May 23, 2022
    Figure 2. Clover root curculio larvae are white and feed on the roots. The damage appears as root gouging or scars, which can serve as entry points for disease.

    I have received a couple calls this year from growers and a PCA about root scarring in alfalfa fields. These observations were a bit of a “head scratcher” for all of us. At one of the fields, I noticed what looked to be a wireworm on the...

  • May 17th: 2022 UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forages Field Day

    Added May 2, 2022
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    The 2022 UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forages Field Day will be held: May 17th, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. with tours of Small Grains Breeding plots to follow in the afternoon   LOCATION: Department of Plant Sciences Field Facility, UC...

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