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
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...
May 11th, 2017: Small Grains/Alfalfa-Forages Field Day
The 2017 Small Grains/Alfalfa-Forages Field Day will be held on May 11th at the UC Davis Agronomy Field Headquarters and is scheduled from 8AM - 4:30 PM (Agenda and details here). We hope to see you at the event!
California small grain disease notes from the field
With the wet weather that has already marked this growing season and more rain in the forecast for parts of California, we have been keeping a close eye on disease symptoms. While we do not yet have definite conclusions to all of the symptomology we've...
Is it too late to topdress fall-planted wheat with N fertilizer?
We have received several recent inquiries following on our blog post from late January that discussed the potential value of a nitrogen (N) topdress at the tillering-to-jointing stages of wheat growth. This is particularly an issue with the higher than...
California Small Grains Survey - Please Participate!
We need your help to better understand the current status of small grain production in California and how to focus our research and extension efforts moving forward. If you are involved in the California grain industry, we would appreciate your...