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Improving Crude Protein in Alfalfa

A question came to me from a crop consultant. His alfalfa grower asked him how he could increase crude protein (CP) in his alfalfa. The buyer of the alfalfa, for the most part, is happy with the hay....

Posted on Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 1:57 PM
Tags: crude protein (1), nitrogen (3)

Alfalfa, Forage and Grains Field Day to Feature New Varieties, Pest Management, Irrigation, Alternative Crops

Alfalfa Field Day

Come and join farmers, industry reps, PCAs and researchers at the annual Grains/Alfalfa Field Day at UC Davis The annual UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa Field Day will take place on Wednesday, May...

Posted on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 1:36 PM

Painted lady butterflies on the move!

Painted lady butterfly eggs are laid singly on plants, including sunflower, a host of painted ladies.

Painted lady butterflies (Vanessa cardui) are dazzling us with color, but surprising us with sporadic finds of caterpillars on crops this year, including alfalfa, pistachio, walnuts, artichokes, and...

Posted on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 3:11 PM
Tags: #UCIPM (3), alfalfa (35)

Managing Diseases in Alfalfa after a Wet Year

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It is both a blessing and a curse that alfalfa in California's Central Valley essentially grows all winter long.  Although we can get very high early yields, if conditions are too wet, the...

Posted on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 9:09 AM
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture

Producing Alfalfa in a Wet Year

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There is little doubt that the heavy late rains we've seen in spring, 2019 in the northern part of California will reduce yields and quality for many alfalfa growers. How much depends upon soil type...

Posted on Friday, April 5, 2019 at 8:41 AM

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