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Herbicide Resistant Ryegrass in Winter Cereals

Ryegrass

Last winter, many growers and PCAs contacted me because they were having trouble or were largely unable to control Italian ryegrass (Lolium perenne ssp. multiflorum) in their cereal fields.  This grass species (see Photo) is widely...

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Posted on Thursday, September 27, 2018 at 8:06 PM

Bringing Ecology to Management video

Seminar announcement B. Maxwell 2018

Last week, Bruce Maxwell (Professor of Agroecology/Applied Plant Ecology in the Dept. of Land Resources and Environmental Science at Montana State University) visited UC Davis. He gave a seminar entitled Bringing Ecology to Management. Here's a link...

Posted on Tuesday, September 25, 2018 at 9:11 AM

Why I Left my Boots in Mozambique

Striga (witchweed) growing in a corn field.

In March of this year I traveled to Chimoio, Mozambique to provide an Integrated Pest Management training to a group of farmers through the USAID Farmer-to-Farmer program. On my first day at the farm, we toured the farm and discussed their worst pest...

Posted on Monday, September 24, 2018 at 11:39 AM

UCCE offers prescribed-fire workshop for land managers

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Prescribed burn
To reduce the dry grasses and shrubs that can fuel intense wildfires, California landowners and land managers are invited to attend a prescribed-fire workshop organized by University of California Cooperative Extension in October. The workshop will be offered in two locations – Placer County and Calaveras County.

On Oct. 2, the prescribed-fire workshop will be held at Colfax Veterans Memorial Hall, 22 Sunset Circle, Colfax. 

On Oct. 4, the workshop will be held at Ebbett's Pass Fire District, 1037 Blagen Road, Arnold. 

The one-day workshop is designed for landowners and land managers who want to learn skills in prescribed-fire planning and implementation. In addition to reducing wildfire fuels, prescribed fire is used to control invasive plant species and for ecological restoration.

Each workshop will feature similar content including presentations on prescribed fire, including local fire history and current fire research, prescribed fire permitting and legal considerations, fire weather forecasting and online tools, air quality and smoke management, fire terms and fire behavior, burn plan development, burn unit preparation and fire tools and equipment. Instructors will also discuss models for accomplishing prescribed fire on private lands, including prescribed burn associations and CAL FIRE's Vegetation Management Program.

During the last week of October, participants in each workshop will be invited by UC Cooperative Extension to a field trip to look at lands actively managed with prescribed fire and to participate in a live training burn (weather permitting) at UC Berkeley's Blodgett Research Forest in Georgetown in El Dorado County.

Each workshop costs $25 for lunch and educational materials and registration by Sept. 27 is required to participate. To register, please visit http://ucanr.edu/2018rxfireworkshops.

For more information, contact Susie Kocher, UC Cooperative Extension advisor, at (530) 542-2571 or sdkocher@ucanr.edu.

 

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Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 4:37 PM

Common purslane: weed it and eat it

Common purslane leaves and flowers (Photo by Joe DiTomaso)

This has been a big year for purslane at the UC Davis farm. Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is a succulent summer annual weed with fleshy leaves and rubbery-looking stems. Native to Eurasia, or maybe Africa, purslane arrived in the Americas with the...

Brittle, easily broken stems help common purslane to spread (photo by Guy Kyser)
Brittle, easily broken stems help common purslane to spread (photo by Guy Kyser)

Brittle, easily broken stems help common purslane to spread (photo by Guy Kyser)

Left on the soil, purslane stem fragments form new roots (photo by Guy Kyser)
Left on the soil, purslane stem fragments form new roots (photo by Guy Kyser)

Left on the soil, purslane stem fragments form new roots (photo by Guy Kyser)

Posted on Friday, September 14, 2018 at 2:02 PM

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