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Alfalfa and Grass Hay Exports on Track for Another Dramatic Increase in 2017


The western hay industry is in the midst of another dramatic increase in hay exports in 2017, following similar increases in 2016 and 2015. Hay volumes have grown 56% and value increased 47% in the...

Posted on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Friends, Family, Industry Mourn Loss of Steve Orloff, UC Farm Advisor


Family and friends mourned the loss this week of Steve Orloff, University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor, who passed away October 3, 2017 from cancer. Steve Orloff advised many...

Posted on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10:39 AM

Alfalfa and Forage Field Day 2017

Mark your calendars and plan to attend the annual Alfalfa & Forage Field Day at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, CA on Wednesday September 20, 2017. DPR and CCA...

Alfalfa Meeting 2017 v8-31-17 (002)
Alfalfa Meeting 2017 v8-31-17 (002)

Posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 11:33 AM

Managing alfalfa hay during heat waves

Joey in an alfalfa field in Yolo County, 2017.

Dog gone it's hot! This is expected in our Central Valley at this time of year, but when heat waves hit, it's important to be prepared with good irrigation management practices in alfalfa hay...

Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 6:10 PM
Tags: alfalfa (28), heat waves (1), irrigation (4)

Common Purslane - Problems and Management in Alfalfa Fields

Figure 1. Common purslane. Photo courtesy UC IPM.

We have become aware that common purslane (Portulaca oleracea, Fig. 1) is an increasing problem in alfalfa fields, particularly during the months of July through September. A pest control advisor...

Posted on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 at 4:08 PM

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