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December 10-12, 2014 | Long Beach, CA
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Sponsors

The organizers of the 2014 California Alfalfa & Grains Conference wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the many sponsors of this year's conference.

GOLD LEVEL
America's Alfalfa
Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
Bowles Farming Company
Netafim USA
S & W Seed Company
• San Joaquin Valley
Hay Growers Association
SILVER LEVEL
Alforex Seeds
NEXGROW
GREEN LEVEL
American Ag Credit
Eureka Seeds
Great Plains Manufacturing
Kemin Industries
Landmark Irrigation, Inc.
Monsanto BioAg
New Holland Agriculture
Sage Hill Northwest, Inc.
Sierra Testing Service

 

The 2014 California Alfalfa and Grains Symposium, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Services of AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY, was held in Long Beach, California.

Now in its 44th year, the symposium is planned each year by the California Alfalfa & Forage Systems Workgroup, made up of University of California Farm Advisors and Scientists in UC Cooperative Extension, along with grower and industry liaison members. The comprehensive conference covered many aspects of alfalfa, forage & grains management from economics to pest management, irrigation and utilization. Videos, papers, and slidesets related to the presentations have been posted below.

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Wednesday, December 10

9-5 Exhibitor Setup
11-5:30 Long Beach Export Tour
3-7 Registration
5:30-6:45 Symposium Welcome Reception: Meet and greet with speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees.

Thursday, December 11

Main Sessions

Economics and Industry Trends

Moderator: Shannon Mueller, UCCE Fresno County, CA
8:10 Hay Market Situation in Western States Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report, Ione, CA
[Sponsored by CA Alfalfa & Forage Association]
Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
8:35 Dairy Trends, Issues and Impacts of Feed Prices Michael Marsh, Western United Dairymen, Modesto, CA Video Slides (PDF)
9:00 World Supply and Demand for Forages Daniel Sumner, UC Agricultural Issues Center, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
9:25 Forage Export Dynamics 2014 John Szczepanski, U.S. Forage Export Council, Portland, OR Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
9:50 Discussion Seth Hoyt, Michael Marsh, Daniel Sumner, John Szczepanski Video

Genetic Innovations in Grains and Forages

Moderator: Steve Orloff, UCCE, Siskiyou County, Yreka, CA
10:30 Improving California Wheat for Grain and Forage Jorge Dubcovsky, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
10:55 Genetic Advances in Alfalfa and Grasses – Are We Making Progress? Charlie Brummer, Plant Breeding Center, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
11:20 New Genetic Possibilities with Alfalfa Mark McCaslin, Forage Genetics International, Minneapolis, MN Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
11:45 GMOs and the Importance of Coexistence in Alfalfa for the Future Dan Putnam, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
12:10 Discussion Jorge Dubcovsky, Charlie Brummer, Mark McCaslin, Dan Putnam Video

Breakout Session I Alfalfa Pest Management and Production

Moderator: Vonny Barlow, UCCE Riverside County, Blythe, CA; Rachel Long, UCCE Yolo County, Woodland, CA
1:30 Weed Management in Alfalfa: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going Barry Tickes, University of Arizona, Mesa, AZ; Steve Orloff, UCCE Siskiyou County, Yreka, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
1:50 New Weed Control Tools for Established and Seedling Alfalfa Mick Canevari, UCCE Emeritus, Stockton, CA Video Slides (PDF)
2:10 Blue Alfalfa Aphid Management Strategies Vonny Barlow, UCCE Riverside County & UC Integrated Pest Management, Blythe, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF) Eric Natwick, UCCE Imperial County, Holtville, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
(Natwick talk starts at approx. 10:00 minutes into video presentation)
2:30 How We’ve Handled the Blue Alfalfa Aphid Issue – Discussion Panel with PCAs Video
3:30 Alfalfa-Small Grain Rotational Benefits: It’s Worth More Than You Think Eric Lin, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
3:50 Testing Alfalfa for Nutrient Management Aron Quist, Stanworth Crop Consultants, Blythe, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
4:10 Alfalfa Diseases and Management Options Don Miller, Alforex Seeds, Nampa, ID; Rachael Long, UCCE Yolo County, Woodland, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
4:30 Nematode Management in Alfalfa Becky Westerdahl, Department of Entomology, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)

Breakout Session II Pest and Crop Management in Small Grains, Silage and Sorghum Moderators: Oli Bachie, UCCE Imperial County, Holtville, CA and Mark Lundy, UCCE Colusa-Sutter-Yolo Counties, Colusa, CA

1:30 Comparing Sorghum and Corn with Regards to Agronomic Practices, Pests and Quality Ricky Rice, Winfield Solutions, Lubbock, TX Slides (PDF)
1:50 Seed Treatments for Wireworm Control in Field Corn Michelle Leinfelder Miles, UCCE San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA Paper (PDF)Slides (PDF)
2:10 Water Use and Variety Selection in Sorghum Bob Hutmacher, UC ANR, West Side Research Extension Center, Five Points, CA; Jeff Dahlberg, UC ANR, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier, CA Paper (PDF)
2:30 Precision Irrigation & Conservation Tillage: A Plan for Improving Forage Production Systems Jeff Mitchell, UC ANR, Kearney Agricultural Center, Parlier, CA Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
3:30 Herbicide Options in Small Grains • Steve Wright, UCCE Tulare and Kings Counties, Tulare, CA
• Steve Orloff, UCCE Siskiyou County, Tulare, CA
• Mick Canevari, UCCE San Joaquin, CA
• Kassim Al-Khatib, UC Integrated Pest Management
Paper (PDF)
3:50 Requirements for Manure and Nutrient Management on Dairies Paul Sousa and Deanne Meyer, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
4:10 Management of Nitrogen and Manure in Corn and Small Grain Forages Marsha Campbell Mathews, UCCE Stanislaus County, Modesto, CA Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
4:30 In-Field Plant Monitoring as a Tool for Management in Small Grains Mark Lundy, UCCE Colusa-Sutter-Yuba Counties, Colusa CA Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)

Friday, December 12

Main Sessions

Water, Drought, Quality and Pesticides

Moderator: Spencer Halsey, California Alfalfa & Forage Association
8:00 Chlorpyrifos Use in Alfalfa – Defining and Refining Critical Uses Peter B. Goodell, UCCE Advisor, IPM, Kearney REC, Parlier, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
8:25 Coming Realities for Groundwater Management Thomas Harter, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF)
8:50 Deficit Irrigation of Alfalfa and Grasses-What are the Impacts/Options Steve Orloff, UCCE Siskiyou County, Yreka, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
9:15 What is the Ability of Alfalfa to Sustain Saline Sharon Benes, California State University, Fresno, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)

Water, Drought, Quality and Pesticides (continued)

Moderator: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA
10:20 Forage Quality – What are the Unique Features of Alfalfa in a Ration? Peter Robinson, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
10:45 Future Forage Quality Testing for Markets Dan Putnam, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
11:10 Technologies for Automation in Surface Irrigation Khaled Bali, UCCE Imperial County, Holtville, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
11:30 Detection Techniques for Timely Cutoff in Surface Irrigation Shrini Upadhyaya, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, University of California, Davis, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
11:50 Advantages and Constraints of Soil Moisture Monitoring for Resource-Efficient Irrigation Management of Alfalfa Daniele Zaccaria, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, Davis, CA; Steve Orloff, UCCE Siskiyou County, Yreka, CA Video Paper (PDF) Slides (PDF)
12:10 Discussion Peter Robinson, Dan Putnam, Khaled Bali, Shrini Upadhyaya, Daniele Zaccaria Video

Workshop

Subsurface Drip Irrigation in Alfalfa

Moderator: Dan Putnam, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California Davis
12:50 Research Results on SDI in Alfalfa in California Bob Hutmacher, UC ANR, West Side Research and Extension Center, Five Points, CA Video Slides (PDF)
1:10 What Works and What Doesn’t for Subsurface Drip in Alfalfa? — Climbing the Learning Curve Dan Putnam, Department of Plant Sciences, University of California, Davis, CA Video Slides (PDF)
1:30 An Integrated Approach to Managing Gophers in Alfalfa Eduardo Currea, Ag Water Chemicals, Fresno, CA Video Slides (PDF)
1:50 Design Principles and Economics Analysis of Drip Irrigation Systems Todd Rinkenberger and Pat Fernandes, Netafim USA Video Slides (PDF)
2:10 Accounting for Soil Properties in SDI System Design and Operation Daniele Zaccaria, Department of Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis Video Slides (PDF)
2:25 Understanding Alfalfa Crop Water Requirements Khaled Bali, UCCE Imperial County, Holtville, CA Video
2:40 Irrigation Scheduling and Troubleshooting SDI with Growers Dennis Hannaford, Netafim, USA, Fresno, CA Video Slides (PDF)
3:00 Grower Experiences with Drip Irrigation and Final Discussion • John Summers, Grower, Aldahra Farms, Calipatria, CA, and Wenden, AZ
• Russell Schafer, Wegis and Young Ranches, Buttonwillow, CA
• Nico Slabber, Lone Oak Dairy, Hanford, CA
• Richie Gunter, Alfalfa and Tomato Grower, Woodland, CA
Video



CONTINUING EDUCATION California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation
12/11: 2.5 Other – Code: 1294-14
12/12: .5 Other; .5 Laws and Regulations – Code: 1293-14

Certified Crop Advisor Approved CEUs:
Nutrient Management: 1 hour
Soil & Water Management: 6 hours
Integrated Pest Management: 4 hours
Crop Management: 2 hours
Professional Development: 6 hours
Manure Management: 0
Field Tour: 4 hours professional Development (Educational Tour)