Welcome to UC Small Grains Research & Information
We are an interdisciplinary team of University of California advisors, specialists and faculty. Our purpose is to provide to growers, researchers and industry professionals agronomic guidelines and information related to the production of small grains in California.
Small Grains in California
Small grains include wheat, barley, oats and triticale. Wheat, oats and barley are grown for grain and forage while triticale is primarily grown as forage. Wheat is the predominant small grain crop in California, where it is grown on over 500,000 acres. Although relatively low in value compared to many California crops, small grains serve as important rotation crops. In most regions of the state, small grains are grown from fall through spring, thus making good use of winter rainfall and requiring relatively little irrigation.
UC-IPM Pest Management Guidelines
For Small Grains
- Pest Management Guidelines:How to manage pests in California Small Grains
- Integrated Weed Management:How to manage weeds in California Small Grains
- Special Weed Problems:Information about Special Weed Problems in Small Grains
- Small Grains: Nematodes:Management Guidelines for Nematodes on Small Grains
Seeding Rate Calculator Now Available
Seeding rate is an important consideration for small grain growers at planting. There are a number of agronomic factors that help to determine the ideal seeding rate such as whether a field will be irrigated, the potential for weed pressure or lodging,...
N management case studies: Utilizing N-rich reference zones in California small grain crops
As the fall planting season begins, we'd like to share recently developed case studies detailing N management actions and crop productivity outcomes in several small grain fields during the 2019-20 growing season. Growers from different parts of the...
Malting Barley: New Resources Available
California's craft brewing industry is continuing to expand its market presence in the state. However, only a small percentage of malting barley used in California is grown within its borders. The primary bottleneck in the supply is the lack of malting...