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Please join us for alfalfa and field crops field day in El Centro, Imperial County on 17th April. Alfalfa Drip Irrigation, Varieties, wheat, oilseed crops, and sorghum will be featured. See schedule here. No registration necessary. All are welcome!
Field Day
Alfalfa field day will be held in the afternoon (1–4:15) and grains field day in the morning (8:30–Noon) on the UC Davis Campus (Hutchison Road off of 113). Features new research on measuring water use in alfalfa, drought response, weeds, aphids, pest management, low lignin trait in alfalf. Barbeque Lunch at Noon. No registration necessary. See schedule here. All are welcome!
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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.
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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.
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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.

Hydroponic Barley Sprouts
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.

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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. UC has a range of publications on Roundup-Ready Alfalfa. Please click here for a full listing of those.

Producing Alfalfa
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Learn to produce alfalfa from General Information to Seed Production.
Variety Selection
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Consult data tables from variety trials by location to help pick an alfalfa variety.
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Keep up on the latest symposium.
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Find and learn about people involved with the California Alfalfa Workgroup.