Alfalfa-Small Grains Field Day, May 7, Davis
Mark May 7 on the calendar for a field day to highlight research activities in small grains, alfalfa, and biofuels held at the University of California, Davis (UCD) campus.
The field day will include variety trials, pest and disease updates, weed control, and nutrient management with wheat, alfalfa, switchgrass and biofuels.
Innovations in new genetics, variety performance, pest management, and irrigation water management will be featured.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. The grain field day runs from 8:30 - noon, followed by a barbeque at noon. The alfalfa-biofuels field tour is from 1-4 p.m.
The morning grain field day will include discussions on: California Wheat Commission, promising UCD Lines for future wheat variety releases, new stripe rust resistance genes, barley resistance to stripe rust, discovering genes for drought tolerance, in-field diagnostic tools for improved nitrogen management in wheat, virus resistance in barley, wheat quality program, plus wheat, triticale, and barley variety tests.
During lunch, UCD College of Agriculture Dean Helene Dillard will discuss the new UC Davis Plant Breeding Center. There will also be a California Alfalfa & Forage Association pesticide update.
The afternoon tour on alfalfa, water, and biofuels will include these topics: canola, camelina, and castor yields and pest management; switchgrass as a potential forage crop; aphid outbreak in alfalfa and field trial results; field trials; diseases, stem nematode issues with alfalfa and chlorpyrifos use; new low lignin traits in alfalfa; new lysimeter-field-based water studies in alfalfa; deficit irrigation of alfalfa during drought; sensors for timing irrigations; subsurface drip irrigation work in alfalfa; understanding nitrogen credits with alfalfa-wheat rotations; the new herbicide Sharpen as an alternative weed management option; alfalfa variety results - yield and pest management implications; and a weed identification contest.
The free field day is sponsored by University of California Cooperative Extension and the California Crop Improvement Association.
Registration begins at 8:00 on Hutchinson Road. Preregistration is not required.
Credits - 3 PCA and 7 CCA credits provided.