Alfalfa http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6071/more en UC releases cost-return studies on alfalfa, wine grapes, corn http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-cost-return-studies-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-cost-return-studies-alfalfa-wine-grapes-corn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-cost-return-studies-alfalfa-wine-grapes-corn#comments Alfalfa Corn Grapes Hay Fri, 22 May 2015 21:19:00 +0000 158821 at http://westernfarmpress.com Why alfalfa is the best crop during a drought http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/why-alfalfa-best-crop-during-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="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/why-alfalfa-best-crop-during-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/why-alfalfa-best-crop-during-drought#comments Alfalfa Almonds Sat, 16 May 2015 00:27:00 +0000 158591 at http://westernfarmpress.com Alfalfa hay humidity alarm a tool in desert production http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-hay-humidity-alarm-tool-desert-production <div class="field-byline"> By Mike Ottman and Paul Brown, University of Arizona </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Alfalfa hay grown in the desert is &ldquo;over-dried&rdquo; in the windrow and then baled when there is sufficient humidity to prevent leaf loss.</p> <p>Humidity is typically too low during the day to bale, but increases through the night to a point where the leaves become hydrated and soft, and baling can occur without excessive leaf loss.</p> <p>The hay should be checked constantly during the night before baling begins to eliminate wasted manpower and worker sleep deprivation.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-hay-humidity-alarm-tool-desert-production" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-hay-humidity-alarm-tool-desert-production#comments Alfalfa Tue, 05 May 2015 23:06:00 +0000 158301 at http://westernfarmpress.com SDI systems have bright future in helping feed growing world population http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/sdi-systems-have-bright-future-helping-feed-growing-world-population <div class="node-body video-body">Netafim celebrates 50th anniversary with press conference, new product introduction at World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/sdi-systems-have-bright-future-helping-feed-growing-world-population" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/sdi-systems-have-bright-future-helping-feed-growing-world-population#comments Alfalfa Irrigation Management Orchard Crops Tue, 14 Apr 2015 21:25:00 +0000 157741 at http://westernfarmpress.com UC studies outline alfalfa hay, apple production costs http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-studies-outline-alfalfa-hay-apple-production-costs <div class="node-body article-body">New cost and return studies for growing alfalfa hay under subsurface drip irrigation in the Sacramento Valley and Delta, plus apples along the Central Coast and Santa Cruz County are available from the University of California Cooperative Extension.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-studies-outline-alfalfa-hay-apple-production-costs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-studies-outline-alfalfa-hay-apple-production-costs#comments Alfalfa Apples Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:30:00 +0000 156551 at http://westernfarmpress.com Technology targets alfalfa efficiency, fuel theft, do-it-yourself drip irrigation http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/technology-targets-alfalfa-efficiency-fuel-theft-do-it-yourself-drip-irrigation <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="field-deck"> Instant fuel tampering alert by text, e-mail </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Do it yourself drip tape, fuel pump security, and technologies that measure the nutritional value in alfalfa were hot topics for hay and forage growers attending a 2015 World Ag Expo seminar in Tulare, Calif. in February.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/technology-targets-alfalfa-efficiency-fuel-theft-do-it-yourself-drip-irrigation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/technology-targets-alfalfa-efficiency-fuel-theft-do-it-yourself-drip-irrigation#comments Alfalfa Irrigation Equipment Mon, 02 Mar 2015 16:24:00 +0000 156451 at http://westernfarmpress.com Greg Stewart of Stewart Tech uses a keypad to program a fuel security program. More drip irrigation in alfalfa’s future? http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/more-drip-irrigation-alfalfa-s-future <div class="node-body video-body">Should alfalfa producers consider putting in my drip irrigation systems. That question was asked several times during the Forage Seminar at World Ag Expo.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/more-drip-irrigation-alfalfa-s-future" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/more-drip-irrigation-alfalfa-s-future#comments Alfalfa Irrigation Management Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:37:00 +0000 156261 at http://westernfarmpress.com Drought changes hay production practices in California http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/drought-changes-hay-production-practices-california <div class="node-body video-body">California's long-running drought is causing alfalfa producers to change their production practices and pump more groundwater, a situation that may not be sustainable for producers.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/drought-changes-hay-production-practices-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/drought-changes-hay-production-practices-california#comments Alfalfa Irrigation Management Tue, 17 Feb 2015 16:32:00 +0000 156151 at http://westernfarmpress.com Pros-cons of subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/pros-cons-subsurface-drip-irrigation-western-alfalfa <div class="node-body article-body">Some alfalfa growers using subsurface drip irrigation report a 2.5-ton- per-acre increase over flood irrigation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/pros-cons-subsurface-drip-irrigation-western-alfalfa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/pros-cons-subsurface-drip-irrigation-western-alfalfa#comments Alfalfa Drip Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:54:00 +0000 155591 at http://westernfarmpress.com A shift to subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa production saves water but must produce higher yields to offset SDI costs. Long Beach export tour kicks off 2014 California Alfalfa and Grains Symposium http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/long-beach-export-tour-kicks-2014-california-alfalfa-and-grains-symposium <div class="node-body gallery-body">See the people and facilities which ready western-grown hay and grains for overseas shipments.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/long-beach-export-tour-kicks-2014-california-alfalfa-and-grains-symposium" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/long-beach-export-tour-kicks-2014-california-alfalfa-and-grains-symposium#comments Alfalfa Cereal Grains Thu, 11 Dec 2014 04:57:00 +0000 154651 at http://westernfarmpress.com