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Producing Quality Forages in the West

Small Grains - Alfalfa/Forages Symposium

The 2017 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium was held this year in Reno, Nevada on the 28th, 29th and 30th of November. The theme was “Producing Quality Forages in the West”. The program featured a full day ALFALFA HAY QUALITY WORKSHOP which addresses the many issues associated with quality (sampling, measurement, how to produce quality). The MAIN PROGRAM features many subjects including economics, markets, irrigation, pest management and new genetics.

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Alfalfa and Grass Hay Exports on Track for Another Dramatic Increase in 2017

Steve Orloff was a true agronomist with broad knowledge and in-depth expertise related to most fields of agriculture science. He published hundreds of articles reporting on his original research related to pest management, irrigation, harvest management fertilization and variety selection.

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Alfalfa and Grass Hay Exports on Track for Another Dramatic Increase in 2017

Exports have grown from a minor footnote in the hay market to a major chapter for the western US states that are the primary participants in that market. Exports totaled 4.8 million Metric tonnes (MT) from western ports in 2016 (Table 1), and if current trends hold, exports are likely to exceed 5 million MT in 2017. Hay exports were valued at $1.4 billion from the western US in 2016 and, although there has been a slowdown of exports in the late summer, are on track to exceed that value in 2017.

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Alfalfa/Forages Field Day

View presentations and handouts from our Alfalfa and Forage crop field day held in Kearney Ag. Center in Parlier, CA. Subjects covered: alfalfa varieties, drip irrigation in alfalfa, remote sensing, weed and weevil management, sorghum, irrigation, salinity, low lignin alfalfa.

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Long Beach, CA
This symposium has been sponsored by the University of California since 1971. We have all of the proceedings and many of the Powerpoints (and more recently, videos) of this conference on-line. Please click on the year of interest:

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All Symposia Proceedings (1971-2014) are archived with a search engine, which can be obtained on the Search Proceedings page. Put in any subject or author to obtain articles on many subjects. This is a great source of Western alfalfa information.

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A comprehensive 24-chapter publication designed to provide detailed, scientifically-based information about the growth, production, management, and utilization of alfalfa grown under irrigation. Lots of pest management information, forage quality, and variety information. Chapters can be downloaded, but it’s better to buy the whole publication.

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