Cooperative Extension

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.

University of California Hemp Research Already Yielding Results

October 31, 2019
For the first time, plant scientists at UC Davis and UC ANR harvested an industrial hemp crop at UC locations. Working on the project are Professor Charlie Brummer, and Cooperative Extension Specialists Bob Hutmacher and Dan Putnam – all three are faculty in the Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis.

Dave Ramos, UC Davis – ‘Award of Distinction’ from College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

October 22, 2019
Dave Ramos, retired walnut specialist at UC Davis Plant Sciences and UCANR received the “Outstanding Emeritus” award from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for his research and outreach with UC and the walnut industry. He was a faculty member in the Department of Pomology, now part of the Department of Plant Science

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.

Release of Weevil for Biological Control of Yellow Starthistle

September 25, 2019
The USDA will allow the release of a weevil (Ceratapion basicorne) in the United States to help control yellow starthistle, an invasive weed found in 40 of the lower 48 states. The weevils will initially be released in California. Brad Hanson, weed specialist in Plant Sciences, addresses management of yellow starthistle.

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.