Alfalfa http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6071/more en UC releases orchardgrass hay cost study for Intermountain region http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-orchardgrass-hay-cost-study-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-orchardgrass-hay-cost-study-intermountain-region" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-orchardgrass-hay-cost-study-intermountain-region#comments Alfalfa Grasses Thu, 14 Jul 2016 00:11:00 +0000 168541 at http://westernfarmpress.com Proper summer soil moisture levels critical to improved yield with drip http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/proper-summer-soil-moisture-levels-critical-improved-yield-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/proper-summer-soil-moisture-levels-critical-improved-yield-drip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/proper-summer-soil-moisture-levels-critical-improved-yield-drip#comments Alfalfa Alfalfa Other Piped Water Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:35:00 +0000 167981 at http://westernfarmpress.com 4 crops to 'watch' in La Paz County, Ariz. http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/4-crops-watch-la-paz-county-ariz <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>La Paz&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/4-crops-watch-la-paz-county-ariz" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/4-crops-watch-la-paz-county-ariz#comments Alfalfa Cotton Vegetables Wheat Thu, 26 May 2016 15:58:00 +0000 167561 at http://westernfarmpress.com ‘Business as usual’ on Saudi purchased Arizona-California farms http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/business-usual-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/business-usual-saudi-purchased-arizona-california-farms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/business-usual-saudi-purchased-arizona-california-farms#comments Alfalfa Farm Press Blog Mon, 09 May 2016 14:38:00 +0000 167001 at http://westernfarmpress.com Arizona alfalfa industry gains acreage, tonnage, respect http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/arizona-alfalfa-industry-gains-acreage-tonnage-respect" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/arizona-alfalfa-industry-gains-acreage-tonnage-respect#comments Alfalfa Wed, 04 May 2016 23:23:00 +0000 166951 at http://westernfarmpress.com <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... http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/and-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/and-arizona-alfalfa-pest-survey-says" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/and-arizona-alfalfa-pest-survey-says#comments Alfalfa Insecticides Tue, 05 Apr 2016 19:38:00 +0000 166171 at http://westernfarmpress.com Western alfalfa industry evolving as agriculture changes http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/western-alfalfa-industry-evolving-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/western-alfalfa-industry-evolving-agriculture-changes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/western-alfalfa-industry-evolving-agriculture-changes#comments Alfalfa Almonds Grapes Tue, 05 Apr 2016 11:13:00 +0000 166161 at http://westernfarmpress.com <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> California researchers study Roundup Ready alfalfa glyphosate non-tolerance in some cooler areas http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/california-researchers-study-roundup-ready-alfalfa-glyphosate-non-tolerance-some-cooler-area <div class="field-deck"> Injury linked to freezing temperatures shortly after application </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Roundup Ready alfalfa shows signs of intolerance to herbicide when applied right before cold weather</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/california-researchers-study-roundup-ready-alfalfa-glyphosate-non-tolerance-some-cooler-area" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/california-researchers-study-roundup-ready-alfalfa-glyphosate-non-tolerance-some-cooler-area#comments Alfalfa Herbicide-tolerant crops Mon, 07 Mar 2016 12:00:00 +0000 165231 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Necrotic symptoms in Roundup Ready alfalfa are being studied by the University of California. Cooperative Extension Research Assistant Nicole Stevens surveys the damage in a Scott Valley alfalfa stand.</p> Photo by Steve Orloff, University of California Cooperative Extension California weed science gathering continues to grow http://westernfarmpress.com/management/california-weed-science-gathering-continues-grow <div class="node-body gallery-body">California Weed Science Society talks challenges at annual meeting</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/management/california-weed-science-gathering-continues-grow" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/management/california-weed-science-gathering-continues-grow#comments Alfalfa Grapes Management Orchard Crops Rice Tree Nuts Vegetables Groups & Organizations Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:12:00 +0000 164421 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Past&nbsp;</span>CWSS<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;Board Chairman Rick Miller, left, presented&nbsp;</span>UCCE<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;Weed Specialist Steven&nbsp;</span>Fennimore<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;the 2016 Award of Excellence for his work with&nbsp;</span>CWSS<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;on a book to educate managers on principles of weed control.</span></p> Could farmers face a total loss of chlorpyrifos? http://westernfarmpress.com/government/could-farmers-face-total-loss-chlorpyrifos <div class="field-deck"> Insecticide protects numerous crops from bug damage </div> <div class="node-body article-body">EPA moves forward with proposed ban on chlorpyrifos </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/could-farmers-face-total-loss-chlorpyrifos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/could-farmers-face-total-loss-chlorpyrifos#comments Alfalfa Government Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Insecticides Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:15:00 +0000 164361 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almond growers rely on chlorpyrifos products to control crop damage done by insects feeding on the maturing crop. According to University of California experts, this sort of clear gumming of the nuts is indicative of feeding damage done by leaffooted bug and stink bugs.</p>