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National Poison Prevention Week—March 19-25, 2017

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), poisoning is the number one cause of injury-related death in the United States, and 1073 people in California were poisoned by...

Posted on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:27 AM
  • Author: Stephanie Parreira

GROWTH IN SAUDI HAY DEMAND LIKELY TO HAVE WORLD-WIDE IMPACTS - and illustrates the global nature of water limitations.

Hay Stacked for Export - Long Beach, CA

As if one more example of our interconnected world was needed -  the depletion of an aquifer 8,000 miles away is likely to impact on alfalfa growers in Seeley, CA or Pasco,...

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10:44 AM

Watch out for fiddleneck and groundsel in livestock feed

Fiddleneck, Amsinckia spp., S. Orloff

Fiddleneck is everywhere this year, and common groundsel is common too! As winter annuals, these weeds are early-season plants.  They tend to be shallow rooted, and do best in wet...

Posted on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 9:49 AM

National Invasive Species Awareness Week: February 27 – March 3, 2017

Yellow Starthistle

Invasive species are plants, animals, fungi or microbes that are not native to an area, but can quickly establish, multiply, and become pests. These species can hurt the environment, agricultural...

Posted on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:57 AM
  • Author: Stephanie Parreira

From the field: Slow spring growth and what is (or is not) causing the problem

Figure 1. Earthworm cocoons under the dissecting microscope.

A consultant recently brought in some alfalfa plants to get another opinion on why growth was resuming slowly this spring. The field is located in Merced County and is a sandy loam soil....

Posted on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 2:03 PM
Tags: alfalfa (20), cocoons (1), earthworms (1), soil (1), soil health (1)

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