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December 3-4, 2020

PCA and CCA Credits Offered

Please Join us for a UC-sponsored pest management workshop in early December. This will cover many aspects of pest management of importance including weeds, insects, and diseases. Come to learn and with your questions!

Organized by: University of California Cooperative Extension, UC Davis, UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources

Program Summary

Day 1. December 3 (9 am - Noon PST) Weed and Pest Management Strategies

  • Price & Acreage Trends — Josh Callan, The Hoyt Report, Twin Falls, ID
  • California Regulatory Update — Dennis Albiani, Ag. Management, Sacramento, CA
  • Key Agronomic Strategies for Pest Management — Dan Putnam, UC Davis
  • Poisonous Weeds of Concern in Alfalfa — Larry Forero, UCCE, Redding, CA
  • Weed Control Strategies for Establishment and Production — Earl Creech, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • Recent Weed Control Trials in Alfalfa — Tom Getts & Giuliano Galdi, UCCE, Susanville and Yreka, CA
  • Weed Mangement Strategies for Pastures — Josh Davy, UCCE, Redding, CA

Day 2. December 4 (9 am - Noon PST) Insect, Disease Management Strategies

  • Process of Pesticide Regulation in California — Aron Lindgren, DPR, Sacramento, CA
  • On-Line Tools for Pest Management Information — Jose Luiz Carvalho de Souza Dias, UCCE, Merced, CA
  • Management of Insecticide Resistance in Alfalfa — Kevin Wanner, Montana State Univ.
  • Biological Insect Control in Alfalfa: A Case Study — Ian Grettenberger, UC Davis
  • Update on Low Desert Forage Insects — Michael Rethwisch, UCCE, Blythe, CA
  • Summer Worm Management — Rachael Long, UCCE, Woodland, CA
  • Potential Use of Drones for Insect Management — Ken Giles, UC Davis
  • Key Diseases and Management in Alfalfa — Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS, St. Paul, MN

Program Details

Alfalfa/Forage Virtual Field Day

View Videos and Powerpoints from the virtual field day held in September, 2020

This 'virtual field day' was held September 22, 2020. Many subjects were covered including alfalfa varieties, irrigation, sorghum production and feeding, use of sugar beets and safflower for forage, and research update on hemp. If you missed it, take a look at the videos and PowerPoints below.


  • Alfalfa Yield/Quality with Reduced Lignin Lines – Dan Putnam, UCD (video)
  • Forage Sorghum Types and Uses – Jeff Dahlberg, UC Kearney (video)
  • Alfalfa Insect Pest IPM Update: Aphids, Weevils, Worms – Ian Grettenberger, UCD (video)
  • Field Research on Industrial Hemp – Bob Hutmacher, Dan Putnam, UCD (video)
  • PE Selection in the Time of Covid- Lisa Blecker, UC ANR (pdf)
  • Crop Manage Irrigation Scheduling for Alfalfa – Michael Cahn, UC ANR (pdf)
  • Sorghum as a Forage for Dairies—Jennifer Heguy, UC ANR (pdf)
  • Sugar beets and Safflower as Alternative Forages—Steve Kaffka, UC Davis (ppt coming soon)
  • Sorghum Deficit Irrigation Response—Bob Hutmacher, UCD (pdf)
  • Choosing Alfalfa Varieties for High Yields and Pest Resistance—Dan Putnam, UCD (pdf)
  • Surface Irrigation Strategies for Groundwater Recharge—Khaled Bali, UC Kearney (pdf)

2019 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium

November 19-21, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, Nevada

Including Irrigation Workshop, Economics, Pest Management, Forage Quality, Genetics

Small Grains - Alfalfa/Forages Symposium

Click Here for the Program Symposium

Was held in Cordoba, Argentina, November 11-14, 2018.

Small Grains - Alfalfa/Forages Symposium

Colleagues from around the world gathered together to learn about alfalfa from a world perspective – economics, genetics, production, and science. Features 45+ speakers and a field day. Argentina is the world’s second largest producer of alfalfa (Lucerne).

See Proceedings Papers from the 2018 World Alfalfa Congress

Check out the Oral and Poster presentations here

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Field Day

Long Beach, CA

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A comprehensive 24-chapter publication designed to provide detailed, scientifically-based information about the growth, production, management, and utilization of alfalfa grown under irrigation. Lots of pest management information, forage quality, and variety information. Chapters can be downloaded, but it’s better to buy the whole publication.

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