The 2016 CA Alfalfa Symposium this year goes to Reno, Nevada on November 29-December 1, 2016 at the beautiful Peppermill Resort. Given the tremendous economic challenges these days, the theme is ‘Aiming Towards Profitability’. This year, we will feature a special full day PEST MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP on for those interested in honing their skills in insect, weed, rodent, and disease management. The MAIN SESSION program features economic trends, analysis of world prices, irrigation management, subsurface drip, P&K fertility, Analysis and definition of forage quality, and the now low-lignin trait in alfalfa.
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The California Alfalfa Symposium is organized by UC Cooperative Extension and registrations are managed by the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.
The Alfalfa & Small Grains Field Day was held on Wednesday, 11 May, 2016 at the Plant Sciences Research Farm, Hutchison Road, UC Davis, California. Below is a link to learn about recent research, variety adaptation, water management, N management in these important crops.
It’s important for growers who are producing for sensitive markets (those that reject GMO alfalfa) such as export or organic to produce non-GE alfalfa Hay. See PAPER on production of non-GE alfalfa – soon to be published in Crop, Forage and Turfgrass Management. Also, see PAPER on Sampling methods for low level presence.Papers:
Netafim is hosting a field day on Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) concepts, components and management requirements. Get a review of agronomic and cultural management practices for SDI alfalfa, and learn about rodent management planning to protect your SDI investment. Meet a successful SDI alfalfa grower and learn first-hand how he's increased bottom-line profits.
River Garden Farms is located on the corner of Highway 45 and County Line Road in Knights Landing. RSVP is appreciated for the lunch count.
Call or email Vince Smith at Netafim USA (559) 240-0834 or firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Field Day
The 2016 Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Field Day will explore research, farmers' practices and commercial products that aim for resilience in the face of drought, uncertain water allocations, and weather extremes. The Field Day will go from 8:00am - 1:30pm at the Russell Ranch in Davis. General registration fees are $10, students are $5, and farmers are free.
A newly published article reviews the differences between species and varieties of cool-season grasses grown under deficit irrigation. Twenty-five perennial grass species/ cultivars were evaluated under three irrigation regimes (fullseason irrigation, early cutoff, and mid-season cutoff ) over 3 year period at the Intermountain Research and Extension Center in the Klamath Basin, Tulelake, CA.
Forage grasses included: 10 tall fescue cultivars, seven orchardgrass cultivars, four bromegrass species (Bromus spp), three wheatgrass species, and festulolium. These species differed in response to water deficits.
Which species appeared to be better under full and deficit irrigation regimes?
2015 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium was held in Reno, Nevada 2-3-4 December, 2015 at the Silver Legacy Hotel. WE had a terrific and enthusiastic crowd, with a total of 570 attendees, and 71 exhibits.
This year we had a special focus on water and irrigation issues, but also plenty on pest management, economics, alternative crops, forage quality, and equipment. To see a complete schedule with Proceedings Papers, and Powerpoints and Videos of presentations, see:
2015 Irrigation Program & Workshop Videos and PDFs of workshop talks available here.
For an Archive of 45 Years of Western and California Alfalfa Symposia, please see: Symposium Proceedings Archive
This symposium was organized by the Cooperative Extension Services of 11 Western States, and managed by The California Alfalfa & Forage Association this year – see the symposium registration website at: CalHay.org/symposium
Dan Putnam (UC Davis)
Search ProceedingsAll 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.
Field DaysThe Alfalfa & Forage Systems Workgroup periodically holds field days to discuss on-going research. We have archived some of the handouts from these field days. Please see below to view selected handouts, presentations, and information from our 2014-2015 Field Days:
Learn to produce alfalfa from General Information to Seed Production.
Consult data tables from variety trials by location to help pick an alfalfa variety.
Keep up on the latest symposium.
Find and learn about people involved with the California Alfalfa Workgroup.
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