University of California Small Grains
University of California Small Grains
University of California Small Grains
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Implementing N-Rich Reference Zones to Inform In-Season N Fertilization Practices

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This is our second in a series of blog posts on improving nitrogen (N) use efficiency in California small grains. This post focuses on the use of N-rich reference zones to assess in-season N status and make management decisions based on crop need. Our...

Posted on Wednesday, May 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM
  • Author: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles
  • Author: Nick Clark
  • Author: Sarah Light
  • Author: Konrad Mathesius
  • Author: Tom Getts
  • Author: Guilliano Galdi
  • Author: Taylor Nelsen
  • Author: Mark Lundy

2020 Virtual Small Grains Field Day

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Due to the health concerns surrounding COVID-19, we had to cancel our annual field day that typically occurs in May at UC Davis. While there is no full replacement for seeing field trials in person, the UC small grains research and extension team has...

Posted on Monday, May 18, 2020 at 8:30 AM
Tags: AgRIC (20), barley (20), common wheat (24), durum wheat (18), field day (6), nitrogen management (11), triticale (21), variety testing (17)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Food

New resources available for conducting and interpreting soil nitrate quick tests

Measuring soil nitrate in the field.

Measuring soil nitrogen (N) prior to fertilizing can improve N fertilizer management. The soil nitrate quick test is a simple and low-cost test. It provides a ballpark estimate of the soil nitrate-N concentration in the rootzone. Nitrate is a highly...

Posted on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 8:00 AM

Delayed Harvest Incentive Program for Wheat and Triticale

A wheat farmer searches for a duck nest in a wheat field after seeing a hen flush ahead of his advancing harvester.

Winter grains like wheat and triticale are incredibly attractive to nesting ducks. Winter grains are seeded in the fall and grow throughout the winter; by nesting season, a dense stand of winter grains near a planted rice field looks like a great nesting...

Posted on Monday, March 9, 2020 at 11:42 AM
  • Author: Caroline Brady, Waterfowl Programs Supervisor, California Waterfowl
  • Contributor: Mark Lundy
Tags: agric (20), common wheat (24), CWA (1), ecosystem services (1), small grains (2), triticale (21)
Focus Area Tags: Agriculture Natural Resources

Research Update: Efficacy of mechanical and chemical preseason control of herbicide-resistant Italian ryegrass

Summary Note Mechanical cultivation is a useful tool in controlling herbicide-resistant Italian ryegrass individuals in a rainfed wheat system but is only about half as effective as Axial in reducing overall pressure from...

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 4:39 PM
Tags: AgRIC (20), cultivation (1), herbicide (1), IPM (1), Italian ryegrass (2), weeds (2), wheat (6)

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