Welcome to UC Small Grains Research & Information
We are an interdisciplinary team of University of California farm 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
Small Grains Blog
Start planning your nitrogen management strategy for fall-planted wheat now (and consider using a N-rich reference strip to manage your N more precisely)
Recent UCCE research has illustrated the value of in-season applications of nitrogen (N) fertilizer, particularly applications made at the early vegetative growth stages. This is typically the stage of growth when N demand from the crop is...
Preliminary yield results from fall-planted 2016-17 variety trials
Preliminary grain yield results for our fall-planted common wheat, triticale, durum wheat and barley trials are now available on the UC Small Grains Research and Information Center...
Glume darkening symptom observed in 2016-17 season has no apparent yield penalty in UC trial
As noted during our May 11th Field Day presentation in Davis, during the 2016-17 season darkening/purpling glumes (as depicted in Image 1) were widely observed in common spring wheat both within the UC Regional testing program and by growers and crop...
2017 University of California Small Grains Survey Results
A survey of California growers, certified crop advisors (CCA), pest control advisors (PCA), and input suppliers was conducted online between January and May of 2017 via a link sent out on the University of California Small Grains Blog...
Follow up: UC Small Grains Field Day
We were glad to see a great turnout for this year's Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forages field day in May. Handouts from the morning and afternoon programs are now available online. The morning agenda is here, with handouts and videos for a subset of the...