The Alfalfa & Small Grains Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday, 11 May, 2016 at the Plant Sciences Research Farm, Hutchison Road, UC Davis, California. Come, learn about recent research, variety adaptation, water management, N management in these important crops. CEUs provided – no need to pre-register. All are welcome.
8:00-12:00 Small Grains Field Day
NOON – Barbeque Lunch (hosted by California Crop Improvement Association)
1:00-4:30 Alfalfa & Forages
Directions: Take 113 North of I80 in Davis, take the Hutchison exit, turn right at the first roundabout, left on the second roundabout, 1/3 mile down on the left, Agronomy Headquarters, Hutchison Road.
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?
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:
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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