The 2014 California Alfalfa, Forage, and Grain Symposium
was held December 10–12, 2014, Long Beach, CA. — Forages and grains cover greater than 2 million acres in California.
Many vital issues pertaining to water, pest management, and economics of alfalfa, forages, and grain crops were covered. Visit the 2014 California Alfalfa and Grains Symposium web page
for a complete review of the program with proceedings papers, videos from the conference, and powerpoints. Videos are available for all of the talks with the exception of Breakout Session II on December 11, 2014 (due to limited videographer resources).
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:
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.
If you missed the 2013 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium this year, you can see the papers and videos from the conference in the leisure of your home! The conference was held in Reno, NV from December 11–13, 2013, sponsored by the Cooperative Extension Services of AZ, CA, CO, ID, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, and WY. There were nearly 600 attendees, >70 exhibitors and 35 speakers. It was a comprehensive conference covering all aspects of forage production including alfalfa and different hay crops, silages, economics, irrigation, and pest management. Click the link below to see videos, papers and powerpoints from this conference.
A visit to an Alfalfa Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) installation at Hanford will be held September 12, just after the Kearney Alfalfa Field Day. Speakers at the site will discuss the installation, costs, management, irrigation scheduling, and the management and maintenance of the lines at the field site in Hanford. Pick up your lunch (at Kearney Ag. Center) after the field day before driving to the Hanford site.
See schedule here
The 2012 California Forage & Grains Symposium was held Dec. 11-12 in Sacramento, with 550 registrants, 45 exhibitors, and 31 speakers. In-depth discussion of world-wide trends in alfalfa and small grain economics, fertilizer, pest management and water use issues, as well as 'how to' talks about alfalfa and wheat production were provided. Videos, Powerpoints, and proceedings papers of most of the presentations are provided below. A Western Alfalfa &Forage Symposium is planned for December 2013 in Reno Nevada—Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the videos of presentations below, and the proceedings from the 2012 conference.
An alfalfa and grains field day was held on the UC Davis Campus on May 7th, 2014. It featured new research on measuring water use in alfalfa, drought response, weeds, aphids, pest management, low lignin trait in alfalfa. See schedule here
An alfalfa and field crops field day was held in El Centro, Imperial County on 17th
April. Alfalfa drip irrigation, varieties, wheat, oilseed crops, and sorghum was featured. See PDF of the handouts here.
A new 24-chapter publication designed to provide detailed, scientifically-based comprehensive information about the growth, production, management, and utilization of alfalfa grown under irrigation.
A recent analysis examines whether growing forages under controlled conditions with sprouted grains makes sense as a water-efficient forage production system. Click HERE
to see our Hydroponic Production Blog.
A special panel of growers, seed companies, export growers and organic activists was held December 13, 2011 at the Western Alfalfa & Forage Conference. Read the prepared papers below.
What are the Key Methods to Implement Coexistence between GE and non-GE alfalfa? (A Panel Discussion: Each panelist responds to a series of questions about GE alfalfa and coexistence with GE-Sensitive alfalfa hay or seed production.
Bill Simon, Simon Farms, Inc., Fairfield, ID (organic hay grower)
Phil Bowles, Bowles Farming, Inc., Los Banos, CA (Roundup-Ready and conventional hay grower, Chair, California Alfalfa & Forage Assoc.)
Chep Gauntt, Pasco, WA (Hay grower and Exporter, former Chair, Washington State Haygrowers Association)
Scott Emanuelli, Seed and Hay Grower, El Centro, CA (organic and conventional seed producer, and hay and seed exporter)
Mark McCaslin, CEO, Forage Genetics Int'l, Minneapolis, MN (developer of RR alfalfa, participant in USDA Coexistence talks)
Paul Frey, CEO, Cal West Seeds, Woodland, CA (Grower-owned Seed Production Cooperative, participant in USDA Coexistence talks)
Chuck Benbrook, The Organic Center, Boulder CO (organic advocate, participant in USDA Coexistence talks)
UC has a range of publications on Roundup-Ready Alfalfa. Please click here
for a full listing of those.