Alfalfa hay grown in the desert is “over-dried” in the windrow and then baled when there is sufficient humidity to prevent leaf loss.
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.
The hay should be checked constantly during the night before baling begins to eliminate wasted manpower and worker sleep deprivation....More
Agriculture will be the “big winner” in the commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (drone) industry, says UAV specialist and farmer Chad Colby.
“Agriculture could capture about 60-65 percent of the U.S. UAV market,” predicts Colby who has 2,000 hours of UAV flight time at his fingertips. That’s about two-thirds of total market share.
He says, “We can improve yields with this technology.”...More
The California almond industry continues to be challenged by mainstream media and others for its water use in a state trying to keep its – uh – head above water during the fourth consecutive year of drought.
It’s not just almonds under public scrutiny but California agriculture as a whole.
Those wearing the ‘almond hat’ can certainly share ‘lids’ with the western alfalfa industry which gets regular jabs for water used to grow feed for dairy cows to produce milk, ice cream, and other dairy products....More
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....More
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....More
Syngenta received the safety certificate for its Agrisure Viptera trait from China’s regulatory authorities, formally granting import approval. The approval covers corn grain and processing byproducts, such as dried distillers grains (DDGs), for food and feed use.
The Agrisure Viptera trait is a key component of Syngenta’s insect control solutions, offering growers protection against a broad spectrum of above-ground corn pests and enabling significant crop yield gains....More