Alfalfa en 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> Lower prices, chlorpyrifos scrutiny dominate talks with alfalfa growers <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A leading authority on growing alfalfa in California sang much the same tune at this year&rsquo;s alfalfa and forage field day in Parlier, Calif., but he tweaked the lyrics this time since in his words, &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a down year for alfalfa.&rdquo;</p> <p>Acreage is down and so are prices for lower or medium quality hay, said Dan Putnam, alfalfa and forage specialist with the University of California, Davis (UC Davis).</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Thu, 24 Sep 2015 14:49:00 +0000 161901 at <p>Pictured at the 2015&nbsp;University of California Alfalfa and Forage Field Day in Parlier, Calif. are:&nbsp;Daniele Zaccaria, UC, Davis;&nbsp;Inge Bisconer, Toro Micro-Irrigation; and Blake Sanden, UC Kern County.</p> Skipping alfalfa ‘summer slump’ irrigation has pros, cons <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Usable water &ndash; there&rsquo;s seemingly not enough for life around the globe despite the many conservation efforts underway to save it.</p> <p>Four consecutive years of epic drought in California continues to take its toll on available water supplies for users including the food and fiber industries. A &lsquo;down under&rsquo; drought in Australia has stretched for nearly two consecutive decades with no immediate relief in sight.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Fri, 21 Aug 2015 21:04:00 +0000 161151 at Subsurface drip can significantly boost alfalfa yields <div class="field-deck"> Water distribution uniformity said to play role in improving stand life </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Benefits of subsurface drip irrigation in alfalfa extend beyond any potential water savings.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Alfalfa Fri, 14 Aug 2015 22:34:00 +0000 160921 at <p>San Joaquin Valley alfalfa grower Seth Rossow, left, and University of California alfalfa specialist Dan Putnam see the value in irrigating the forage crop with drip technology due to increase yield.</p> UC releases cost-return studies on alfalfa, wine grapes, corn <div class="node-body article-body">The alfalfa study outlines the costs and returns for producing alfalfa under flood irrigation in the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Corn Grapes Hay Fri, 22 May 2015 21:19:00 +0000 158821 at Why alfalfa is the best crop during a drought <div class="field-byline"> By Dan Putnam, University of California alfalfa-forage specialist, and California Alfalfa &amp; Forage Association board member </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California&rsquo;s drought has brought much public attention to the amount of water used in agriculture, and particularly which crops use the most water. Although almonds have taken the hit lately, alfalfa is often one of the favorite whipping boys of agricultural critics due to its high water use on a state-wide basis.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Alfalfa Almonds Sat, 16 May 2015 00:27:00 +0000 158591 at