Water will be on the minds of crop and dairy producers attending the California Alfalfa and Grains Symposium, Dec. 10-12, at Long Beach, Calif. The event, sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is a comprehensive meeting to focus on critical issues related to alfalfa and forage crops, particularly global issues, economics, and practical ”how to” talks on crop production techniques.

A pre-symposium tour (separate registration fee) will be held  Dec. 10, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., includes a tour of export facilities for hay and grain destined for ports around the world. It includes talks by exporters on quality demands, hay compression and grain handling technology.

Main conference topics cover all areas of alfalfa, forage and grain production. To find the program’s speakers and breakout sessions, click here.

For conference information, click here.


SID workshop

In conjunction with the event, an Alfalfa Subsurface Drip Irrigation Workshop will be held on Dec. 12, presented in partnership with Netafim USA and the University of California, Davis’ College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. It will provide an opportunity to learn about alfalfa subsurface drip irrigation (SDI) technology as well as advances in crop management techniques and tools as it relates to California’s highest acreage crop.

Moderated by Dan Putnam, PhD., UC Davis agronomist and forage specialist, the workshop will feature an expert panel of university and industry professionals providing insights and perspectives on critical issues related to subsurface drip irrigation use in alfalfa.

“As prolonged drought conditions threaten the future of crop production in California, growers are increasingly concerned about the profitability of the crop and water management” said Putnam. “SDI is still in its infancy in alfalfa.  In this workshop, we will provide answers to many of the pressing questions that growers have in regards to utilizing technologies such as SDI to maintain productivity with limited water supplies.” 

Registration is available online at http://ucanr.edu/sites/Alfalfa/.