Alfalfa en Palm hay: Coachella farmer turns fronds into economical livestock feed <div class="field-byline"> Lee Allen, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="field-deck"> Taste like "cotton candy" </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Talk about a win-win-win situation. Dead fronds from palm trees are problem materials when it comes to disposal. Although organic in nature, they are hard to grind up and can take 50 years to biodegrade in a landfill.</p> <p>Jim Parks, chief executive officer of Palm Silage Inc. at Thermal, Calif., decided that if lemonade can be made from lemons then making food from palm fronds also makes sense.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Wed, 31 Aug 2016 16:35:00 +0000 169541 at <p><strong>Dairy chop from palm fronds and dates.</strong></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> Alfalfa: High cutworm damage, gains made in TRR control in Arizona <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There&rsquo;s a thief hiding out in some central Arizona alfalfa fields killing healthy plants and leaving frustrated growers with slimmer wallets. In some cases, an entire crop cutting is stolen.</p> <p>The unexpected thief is two types of cutworm: granulate cutworm (<em>Feltia subterranean)</em>, formerly known as <em>Agrotis subterranean</em>;&nbsp;and variegated cutworm (<em>Peridroma saucia</em>). &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:56:00 +0000 169271 at <p><strong>Working at the Texas root rot-fungicide trial near Arlington, Ariz. include from left &ndash; Ayman Mostafa, Worku Burayu, and Kyle Harrington of the University&nbsp;of Arizona&nbsp;Cooperative Extension. Notice the brown dead spots caused by TTR.</strong></p> 2016 California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium offers something for everyone <div class="field-byline"> Jane Townsend, Executive Director, California Alfalfa and Forage Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The 2016 California Alfalfa and Forage Symposium will be held in Reno, Nev. from Nov. 29 &ndash; Dec. 1 at the Peppermill Resort. The theme of this year&rsquo;s event is &ldquo;<em>Aiming Towards Profitability.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>With much of the agricultural industry today reeling from lower commodity prices, the symposium aims to offer pathways to profitability in alfalfa and forage crops for those who attend.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:53:00 +0000 169061 at UC releases orchardgrass hay cost study for Intermountain region <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The University of California (UC) Agricultural Issues Center (AIC) has compiled the costs and returns of establishing an orchardgrass stand and producing the hay crop in the Intermountain Region of the Golden State, including Shasta, Lassen, and Siskiyou counties.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Grasses Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:11:00 +0000 168541 at Proper summer soil moisture levels critical to improved yield with drip <div class="field-byline"> Todd Rinkenberger, Netafim USA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>To guarantee that an alfalfa crop has adequate soil moisture during the hot season growers should start monitoring soil moisture well before summer begins.</p> <p>A challenge with using drip irrigation in alfalfa fields is to keep soil moisture levels stable during the typically hot and dry months. Planning and keeping track of deep moisture requirements during the summer can help growers reap profits from yield increases.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Alfalfa Other Piped Water Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:35:00 +0000 167981 at 4 crops to 'watch' in La Paz County, Ariz. <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>La Paz&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Cotton Vegetables Wheat Thu, 26 May 2016 15:58:00 +0000 167561 at ‘Business as usual’ on Saudi purchased Arizona-California farms <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Over the last several months, some people inside and outside of agriculture have been concerned over the sale of alfalfa farms in Vicksburg, Ariz. and near Blythe, Calif. to the dairy company Almarai of Saudi Arabia.</p> <p>The issue was fueled in part by general media reports which played up the point that some Arizona and California alfalfa, grown with local and regional water supplies in generally dry, arid conditions over time, is exported to other countries.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Farm Press Blog Mon, 09 May 2016 14:38:00 +0000 167001 at Arizona alfalfa industry gains acreage, tonnage, respect <div class="node-body article-body"><p>While California alfalfa acreage has declined in recent years largely tied to drought, the forage crop in Arizona is gaining in acreage, yield, and respect.</p> <p>Barry Tickes pegs Arizona alfalfa acreage at 300,000 acres. Add another 35,000 acres in other hays to bring the state&rsquo;s total forage production acreage to about 335,000 acres.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Wed, 04 May 2016 23:23:00 +0000 166951 at <p><strong>Arizonans at the La Paz County, Ariz. alfalfa meeting include growers (son and father) Rick and Rudy Buckelew, Buckelew Farms, Parker; Thomas Prata, Condor Seed Production, Yuma; and Brad Griffin, Wilbur-Ellis Company, Ehrenberg.</strong></p> And the Arizona alfalfa pest survey says... <div class="field-byline"> Lee Allen, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The alfalfa crowd gathered at the Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Workshop held in March was quizzed by University of Arizona staff about their chemical use to control pests in alfalfa fields. Participants included growers, pest control advisors, members of the agricultural industry, and others.</p> <p>When asked about how they decide when to use an insecticide to control the Egyptian alfalfa weevil (EAW), 37 percent said their decision was based on the threshold level, 29 percent did not treat with an insecticide, and 14 percent sprayed for the weevil when spraying for aphids.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Insecticides Tue, 05 Apr 2016 19:38:00 +0000 166171 at Western alfalfa industry evolving as agriculture changes <div class="field-byline"> Lee Allen, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than 40 percent of the alfalfa hay in the U.S. is produced in less than a dozen western states, with Arizona and California playing a prominent role in cultivating the important cash and rotation crop.</p> <p>Improved alfalfa production and ways to reduce production costs were discussed at the Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Crops Workshop at the University of Arizona (UA) Maricopa Agricultural Center.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Almonds Grapes Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:13:00 +0000 166161 at <p><strong>Attending the Arizona Alfalfa and Forage Crops Workshop were Gary Thompson, left, and David Hutchison of&nbsp;Stotz Dairy Farm at Buckeye.&nbsp;</strong></p>