Cooperative Extension

Cattle Ranchers Cope with Dry Pastures (Video)

March 19, 2020
This winter’s lack of rain, up until mid-March, did not produce much forage for cattle, or carryover vegetation. Leslie Roche, Department of Plant Sciences, covers rangelands and pasturelands, and says this has been commonplace this winter. Many grasses are producing seeds earlier, leading to less vegetative growth.

Supporting First-generation Ranchers in Coping with Drought and Climate Change

March 12, 2020
Leslie Roche and colleagues tell how new ranchers confront drought. Climate adaptation is important in agricultural systems, but new ranchers aren’t able to benefit from information passed down from multi-generational ranching families. First-generation ranchers are often young, female, and diverse, with different goals and needs.

Breeding, Part 2: Cling Peach, with Tom Gradziel (PODCAST)

March 09, 2020
Cling peach breeding is the topic of this podcast, featuring Tom Gradziel, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis. The podcast and discussion are hosted by Luke Milliron, UC Cooperative Extension.

UC Davis Ranked as Fulbright ‘Top Producer’: Plant Sciences Faculty are Recent Recipients

February 14, 2020
Ranked as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars, UC Davis has a long history of plant scientists receiving the scholarships. Steve Fennimore, a Cooperative Extension specialist, is one of this year’s recipients, and recent recipients include Cameron Pittelkow and Kassim Al-Khatib. Fennimore and Pittelkow both worked in Uruguay, and Al-Khatib worked in Turkey.

CDFA Awards $1.5 Million for Nutrient Management Projects through FREP Grant Program

January 10, 2020
Three from UC Davis — Patrick Brown and Mark Lundy (Plant Sciences) and Thomas Harter (LAWR) — received grants from the CDFA Fertilizer Research and Education Program. Seven recipients received $1.5 million to improve nitrogen efficiency, reduce environmental impacts, and advance best management practices for fertilizer application in farmlands.

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.

Videos: Two Plant Sciences Classes — Botany and Physiology of Cultivated Plants, and Vegetable Crop Production

November 25, 2019
Two of the undergraduate courses in Plant Sciences at UC Davis (PLS 002 and PLS 110) prepare students for post-graduation jobs and careers. Four short videos show the hands-on opportunities that students get to explore introductory and upper level concepts related to plant science and plant production. Instructors include Jeff Mitchell, Gail Taylor, and Peter Freer-Smith.