Alfalfa en California weed science gathering continues to grow <div class="node-body gallery-body">California Weed Science Society talks challenges at annual meeting</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Grapes Management Orchard Crops Rice Tree Nuts Vegetables Groups & Organizations Mon, 25 Jan 2016 20:12:00 +0000 164421 at <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? <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> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Government Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Insecticides Wed, 20 Jan 2016 12:15:00 +0000 164361 at <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> Pocket gophers – No. 1 enemy in subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa <div class="field-deck"> No ‘silver bullet’ to stop rodent damage </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The war underway in agriculture continues and its strategic battlefield is located underground.</p> <p>The continued farming skirmish pits western alfalfa growers &ndash; who want to upgrade from traditional surface irrigation systems to more water efficient subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) systems - against vertebrate pests, mainly pocket gophers, which chew up underground SDI drip tape.</p> <p>While the stakes are high and producers have an upper hand, gophers remain the No. 1 enemy. &nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Thu, 31 Dec 2015 12:09:00 +0000 163881 at <p><strong>Pocket gopher. Photo: Jack Kelly Clark, UC IPM Program.</strong></p> Snapshots - Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>&lt;ore than 700 devout alfalfa and forage enthusiasts&nbsp;gathered for the 2015 Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium in December in Reno, Nev. to hear the latest news and forecasts for their industry.</p> <p>Western hay market specialist Seth Hoyt, editor of The Hoyt Report newsletter, predicted that western alfalfa growers in the current downturn market will have better opportunities to make higher income in higher quality hays, rather than dry cow hay due to higher inventories.</p> <p>Enjoy these photos from the event, courtesy of Western Farm Press.&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Corn Grasses Other Forages Mon, 21 Dec 2015 15:00:00 +0000 163741 at Best 2016 alfalfa grower prices in higher-quality hay <div class="field-deck"> Market analyst Seth Hoyt predicts </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Respected California market specialist Seth Hoyt doesn&rsquo;t scratch his head much. Yet with the many complicated issues facing the western alfalfa industry, he and others are uncertain over where hay prices will head in 2016.</p> <p>&ldquo;The outlook for (2016) alfalfa hay prices is the hardest to predict in the 45 years I&rsquo;ve been associated with the (western) alfalfa industry,&rdquo; says Hoyt, editor of <a href="">The Hoyt Report</a> newsletter.</p> <p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Mon, 21 Dec 2015 12:20:00 +0000 163721 at <p><strong>The 2015 Western Alfalfa &amp; Forage Symposium held in Reno, Nev. in December included Californian attendees&nbsp;(from left ) Howard Kaplan, Farmvest Inc., Clayton; alfalfa grower Alan Boyce, Materra Farming Company, Rancho Santa Fe; and Rick Peeren, Irritech, Fresno - pictured during a reception.&nbsp;</strong></p> UC ANR YouTube alfalfa video an ESA finalist <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A University of California, Davis-produced YouTube video on alfalfa integrated pest management was judged a finalist in competition at the 2015 national Entomological Society of America annual meeting held in Minneapolis, Minn. in November.</p> <p>The alfalfa IPM <a href="">YouTube video</a> is titled the &ldquo;Identification of parasitized alfalfa caterpillars and armyworms,&rdquo; which shows how to monitor alfalfa insect pests and natural enemies to help make informed management decisions on pest control in alfalfa production.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Sun, 22 Nov 2015 16:42:00 +0000 163211 at Trimble enhances Irrigate-IQ optimal flow solution <div class="node-body article-body">Trimble introduces its Irrigate-IQ optimal flow solution for pivot irrigation systems. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Equipment Irrigation Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:09:00 +0000 163171 at 2016 NAFA alfalfa variety ratings guide now available <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The National Alfalfa &amp; Forage Alliance (NAFA) has released its 2016 edition of the popular <em>&ldquo;Alfalfa Variety Ratings - Winter Survival, Fall Dormancy &amp; Pest Resistant Ratings for Alfalfa Varieties&rdquo;</em> publication.</p> <p>It features 178 alfalfa varieties from 22 marketers, verified with the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies and the National Alfalfa Variety Review Board.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Mon, 16 Nov 2015 23:56:00 +0000 163021 at ‘Sheeping off’ drought-stressed alfalfa fields may reduce stand counts <div class="field-byline"> Rachel Freeman Long, Field Crop Farm Advisor, UCCE Yolo County </div> <div class="field-deck"> Let crop recover from drought stress first </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Tempted to &lsquo;sheep off&#39; or graze your fall alfalfa growth after a drought year?&nbsp; You&rsquo;d better be careful!</p> <p>Many fields of alfalfa have &lsquo;dried down&rsquo; this year, but most will start growing this fall when the rains return.&nbsp;</p> <p>Farmers and grazers are often tempted to graze those fields in the fall-winter period when green growth reappears from October through February.</p> <p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Fri, 16 Oct 2015 21:00:00 +0000 162461 at <p><strong>&#39;Sheeping off&rsquo; alfalfa fields in the fall just when fields are recovering from drought and deficit irrigation stress may lead to stand loss. Photo: Rachel Freeman Long.</strong></p> Variable rate fertilization can maximize alfalfa efficiency, profitability <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Rayner family farms year round near Phoenix in the Arizona desert, double cropping 4,500 acres of alfalfa, cotton, wheat, and forage sorghum.</p> <p>The family&nbsp;embraces new technology across the farm to maximize the farm&rsquo;s productivity and efficiency. Yet there&rsquo;s always room for improvement.</p> <p>&ldquo;With all of our yield gains in our crops, alfalfa is the one that has been lagging yield wise,&rdquo; said Ron Rayner, who along with his brothers Robert and Earl are partners in &lsquo;A-Tumbling-T-Ranches&rsquo; based in Goodyear.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Tue, 13 Oct 2015 17:59:00 +0000 162361 at <p><strong>Farmer Ron Rayner, left, A-Tumbling-T Ranches, Goodyear, Ariz. and Cash Veo, Wilbur-Ellis, Buckeye, Ariz., have worked together to improve farm productivity for four years.</strong></p>