Rice Field Day, August 28, 2019

The annual Rice Field Day, sponsored by the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation and the University of California, will be held at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, California on Wednesday, August 28, 2019. The day includes field tours of research on rice varieties and its diseases and pests. Kassim Al-Khatib, professor of weed science,…

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Drones help rice farmers hone fertilizer application and reduce crop fungal diseases

University of California rice researchers are exploring a more precise way of deciding whether the crop would benefit from a side-dress nitrogen fertilizer application, using drone-mounted cameras. Hand-held Greenseeker-normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) readings have already replaced color charts as a research tool for in-season fertilizer decisions, but drone photos of the normalized difference red…

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Seed and Variety Improvement in Vegetable Production (video #9 of 26)

The allied seed and variety improvement industries are critically important aspects of vegetable production systems in California. Most vegetables are annuals and have to be started every year from seeds, so seed production is critical for the vegetable industry. Professors Kent Bradford and Diane Beckles, Research Scientist Roger Chetelat, and Ph.D. student Karin Albornoz, all…

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UC Davis Releases Five New Strawberry Varieties – Publicly available plants will help farmers manage diseases, production costs

The Public Strawberry Breeding Program at the University of California, Davis, has released five new varieties that will help farmers manage diseases, control costs, and produce plenty of large, robust berries using less water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Two of the new varieties could increase yields by almost 30 percent.  “These new varieties are intrinsically different…

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Weed Management in Specialty Crop Production (video #7 of 26)

Competition from weeds can result in yield losses in California’s specialty crop systems. Weeds can also harbor pests and diseases. Weed management is an important component of vegetable production systems to maintain sustainability. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore (Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, and UC Agriculture and Natural Resources) is featured in this video, and…

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Russell Ranch Field Day – Kernza, Corn, and Small Grains (amongst many other topics)

“More than Yield: Exploring the Full Potential of Our Agroecosystems” was the theme at Russell Ranch Field Day on June 12. Field tours included three topic areas: Soil Structure, Carbon, and Microbes Management and Cropping for Resilience Irrigation, Nutrient Retention, and Disease In addition to field tours, there were a number of flash talks (in…

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Two in Plant Sciences Receive STAIR Grants to Advance Innovations Toward Commercialization

Innovators at the University of California, Davis, are receiving financial support to advance their research and technologies toward commercialization. The Science Translation and Innovative Research (STAIR™) Grant program, managed by Venture Catalyst and funded by the UC Davis Office of Research, provides funding to support translational science and innovative research performed by UC Davis researchers….

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