Agriculture

Small Grain Growers Have Seasonal Harvest Options (Mark Lundy Research)

December 19, 2019
Flexible harvest options may allow growers to plant small grains in the winter, rather than fallow ground, out of concern that there will not be adequate water or strong markets to justify the crop. Research by Plant Sciences faculty member Mark Lundy.

Kester, a Productive Late Bloom Almond Variety from University of California, Davis

November 21, 2019
Kester almond was developed at the University of California, Davis, Almond Breeding Program with support from the Almond Board of California. The program was developed to breed new varieties and germplasm to meet the emerging needs of the expanding California almond industry. Professor Tom Gradziel in Plant Sciences, has conducted much of the research.

Plant Adaptation and California’s Changing Environment

November 08, 2019
Gail Taylor, professor and department chair, spoke to a packed meeting at UC Center Sacramento on “Plant Adaptation to Climate Change in California,” focusing on potential climate change impacts on agriculture. The center educates future policy-makers and leaders in the craft of politics and policy-making.

One Health Day Symposium Includes Amanda Crump Expertise on International Agricultural Development

October 29, 2019
Professor Amanda Crump, Plant Sciences, will be a panelist at the One Health Symposium at UC Davis on Saturday, Nov. 2. She will be on the ‘Political Interfaces and One Health’ panel. Crump teaches classes on International Agricultural Development, and has a research focus on critical pedagogies for vulnerable people in agriculture.

UC Almond Short Course 2019

October 18, 2019
This integrated almond orchard management short course features UC faculty, Cooperative Extension specialists and farm advisors, and researchers who will address all phases of almond production. November 5-7, 2019, in Visalia, California. Bruce Lampinen, Plant Sciences at UC Davis, is one of the program coordinators.

Cannabis and Hemp: Academia Town Hall Panel

October 16, 2019
John Yoder, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, participated in an academic panel at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition. The panel addressed the plant science, public policy, law, and student education aspects of cannabis. Yoder shared UC Davis’ strengths in the genetics, biochemistry, and how cannabis and hemp plants grow. VIDEO included.

Agricultural Innovations Help Cambodian Farmers Thrive

October 08, 2019
Small-scale farmers in Cambodia work with UC Davis’ Horticulture Innovation Lab and Royal University of Agriculture researchers to test methods for growing and selling produce. Farmers recognize that fruits and vegetables meet nutrition needs, and help lift themselves out of poverty. (Includes video)

Automated Weeders are Attracting More Interest: Steve Fennimore Explains

September 20, 2019
Three factors drive automation in vegetable crops: Employee shortages, availability of technology, and fewer new herbicides. Weed specialist Steve Fennimore, Plant Sciences, UC Davis and UC ANR, explains the importance of mechanization and robotic weeders, due, in part, to labor shortages and fewer herbicides.

Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India

August 20, 2019
A new article in the journal Science – Fields on Fire: Alternatives to Crop Residue Burning in India – addresses the environmental problems associated with crop burning in India, and presents alternatives such as changing cropping systems and adopting different management practices. J.K. Ladha, Plant Sciences, UC Davis, is a co-author.