2018 Alfalfa/Forages Field Day

Thurs, May 17, 2018 @ 7:30am - 4:40pm

  • When?
    May 17, 2018
  • Where?
    UC Davis Agronomy Field Headquarters 2400 Hutchison Dr., Davis, CA 95616


View the agenda below, or click here:

8:00am - 12:00pm: Small Grains Field Day

7:30 Registration (no charge)  
8:00am - 12pm Small Grains Program  
8:00 Welcome and Introductions Mark Lundy, CE Grain Cropping Systems Specialist
8:05 Plant Sciences Future Developments Gail Taylor, Chair, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences
8:10 California Wheat Commission remarks Claudia Carter, Executive Director
8:15 California Crop Improvement Association remarks John Palmer, Executive Director
8:20 Depart for field (travel to breeding trials)  
  Field Tour  
8:45 - 11:50 Small grain breeding, variety evaluation and agronomic research  
8:45 New wheat varieties with increased resistant starch Jorge Dubcovsky, UC Davis
8:55 New wheat releases “Central Red” and “Desert Gold” Jorge Dubcovsky, UC Davis
9:00 Improving barley malting varieties and oats Alicia del Blanco, UC Davis
9:10 Organic wheat breeding and naked barleys Allison Krill-Brown, UC Davis
9:20 Improving triticale for bread and forage Josh Hegarty, UC Davis
9:30 Genetic regulation of wheat grain number Sarah Kuzay, UC Davis
9:40 Genetic regulation of grain size and its effects on quality Alejandra Alvarez, UC Davis
9:50 Travel to agronomic and variety testing trials  
10:10 Nitrogen management in malting barley Taylor Nelsen, UC Davis
10:20 Herbicide management demonstration trial in wheat Mariano Galla, UCCE
10:30 Strategies for reducing mice damage in SDI systems during small grain crop rotations Konrad Mathesius, UCCE
10:40 Updates on statewide small grain research and extension efforts, with comments on variety performance, pests and diseases, nitrogen management, and extension tools Mark Lundy and Nicholas George, UCCE/UC Davis
11:05 New wheat entries in Regional trials Oswaldo Chicaiza, UC Davis
11:15 Comments from breeders with entries in UC Regional trials  
11:30 Trial observations  
11:50 Return for lunch  
12:00 Barbeque Lunch  

12:30pm - 4:30pm: Alfalfa/Forages Field Day

12:00 Barbeque Lunch  
12:30pm Welcome and Introductions Dan Putnam, UCCE/UCD Alfalfa Specialist
12:35 Statewide Nitrogen Management Survey Jessica Rudnick, UC Davis
  Field Tour:  
12:50 Irrigating to Control Salinity Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, Stockton, CA
1:05 Alternative Crops: Kura Clover and Switchgrass Studies Dan Putnam, UC Davis
1:20 Reduced Lignin Alfalfa Interactions with Harvest Scheduling Brenda Perez, Graduate Student, UC Davis
1:35 Seedling Weed Management in Alfalfa Mariano Galla, UCCE Advisor, Orland, CA
1:50 Alfalfa Weevil Studies and IPM Approaches to Weevil Control Rachael Long, UCCE
2:05 Estimating the P and K Requirements of Alfalfa Daniel Geisseler, Department of Land Air and Water Resources, UC Davis
2:20 Breeding Tall Fescue for Quality and Summer Dormancy and Objectives of the UC Davis Alfalfa Breeding Effort Charlie Brummer, Professor and Director, UC Davis Plant Breeding Center, UC Davis
2:35 Small Grain Forage Studies Cal Qualset, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis
2:50 Fun with Drones: Monitoring Alfalfa for Growth, Pests, and Water Use Umair Gull, Graduate Student, UC Davis
3:05 What is the Interaction between Irrigation Deficits and Varieties? James Radawich, Graduate Student, UC Davis
3:20 Weed Identification Contest – Test your Weed IQ! Lynn Sosnoskie, UCCE Advisor, Merced County, Merced, CA
3:40 Choosing Alfalfa Varieties for Maximizing Pest Resistance and Yield - Importance of Multiple Year Trials and Pest Ratings Dan Putnam, UC Davis
4:00 Importance of Owls and Birds for Alfalfa Pest Management Sara Kross, California State University, Sacramento, CA
4:15 An IPM Approach to gopher management in Alfalfa Roger Baldwin, UC Vertebrate Pest Specialist, UC Davis
4:40 Return to Base