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New ANR advisor profiled in Wines and Vines

Lindsay Jordan.
Lindsay Jordan has joined the academic staff of UC Agriculture and Natural Resources as a UC Cooperative Extension viticulture advisor for Merced, Mariposa and Madera counties, reported Jane Firstenfeld in Wines and Vines.

Jordan has a master's degree from Cornell University and bachelor's degree from UC Davis.

"We consider her a star," said Maxwell Norton, who retires June 30 after 30 years as a Merced County UC ANR advisor and county director.

Jordon told Wines and Vines that she expects water use, conservation and irrigation issues to be topics of interest to growers in her territory, which she estimates contains about 90,000 acres of vineyards.

However, her focus, she said, will "ultimately be determined by what best serves the growers."

Posted on Friday, February 27, 2015 at 8:56 AM
Tags: Lindsay Jordan (1), viticulture (13)

'More crop per drop' drought strategy touted

Corn silage producers can get 'more crop per drop" with deficit irrigation, however productivity will decline, reported Dennis Pollock in Western Farm Press. Pollack based the story on a seminar at the World Ag Expo earlier this month presented by Mark Lundy, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources Cooperative Extension advisor for Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties.

Lundy said there are certain times in the crop's development that farmers will not want to stress the corn silage - when tassels and silk are forming. At other times in its development, even if the corn is stressed, the application of more water does not bring a proportionate increase in yield.

The UC ANR advisor suggested farmers choose planting dates, varieties and cultural practices that will maximize irrigation efficiency.

“Look at what you choose to grow and perhaps plant later with a short variety or drought tolerant variety,” he said. “And get weeds under control. They take up water.”

UC ANR advisor offered advice at World Ag Expo for efficient corn silage farming.
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 2:44 PM
Tags: corn silage (1), drought (78), Mark Lundy (1)

San Joaquin Valley row crop growers help control greenhouse gases

Jeff Mitchell, left, presents research results at a UC ANR West Side Research and Extension Center field day.
Reporter Dennis Taylor of the Visalia Times-Delta wrote about research results recently published by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists that may allow farmers to be part of carbon cap-and-trade agreements.

Taylor interviewed lead researcher Jeff Mitchell, UC ANR Cooperative Extension specialist and chair of the UC ANR Conservation Agriculture Systems Innovation Center.

Long-term research by UC ANR has documented the capacity for farmland in the San Joaquin Valley managed with certain conservation practices to sequester carbon, results that could give farmers a seat at the carbon trading table, the article said. The study was published this month in the Agronomy Journal.

"We're reducing the atmospheric load of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas that plays an important role in global warming," Mitchell said. "Proving a stable storage location for carbon could allow agriculture to be part of future cap-and-trade programs."

The ANR news release on the research was also picked up by the Central Valley Business Times, California Political Review and the Red Bluff Daily News.


Posted on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 10:13 AM

California Naturalist training to be offered in Merced

Students gather near a vernal pool on the nature preserve on the UC Merced campus.
A 12-week training session for the UC Agriculture and Natural Resources' California Naturalist program is scheduled to begin on March 12 at the UC Merced Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve, reported Lorena Anderson of the UC Merced communications office.

UC California Naturalist was established in 2012 and became an official UC ANR special program in 2014. Training sessions are held throughout the state to foster a network of nature lovers to promote stewardship of California's natural resources through education and service. As of Sept. 30, 2014, more than 18,000 hours of service had been recorded by 650 certified naturalists.

The Vernal Pools and Grasslands Reserve and the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Fresno are offering the first California Naturalist training programs in the San Joaquin Valley. UC Merced's Yosemite Institute will hold its second California Naturalist training in the fall in Yosemite National Park.

The article noted that UC ANR provided a $7,500 grant to fund scholarships for people who need help covering tuition to attend the Vernal Pools, Yosemite Institute or Sierra Foothill Conservancy training programs.

The press release centered on the fact that Mitsubishi Corporation Foundation for the Americas provided a $103,000 gift that will permit UC Merced to hire two part-time coordinators for the Valley courses, and purchase equipment like field notebooks, binoculars and supplies.

This story was picked up by the Sierra Sun Times.

Posted on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 2:18 PM

Good weather for almond bloom in California

Along the highways and byways of rural California, blossoms are beginning to pop on almond, peach, plum and nectarine trees. California growers have reason to be hopeful, reported Heather Hacking in the Chico Enterprise-Record.

Warm temperatures and sun ensure bees will be out pollinating the crop, rather than holing up in their hives, as they do when temperatures dip below 55 degrees or wind is swifter than 4 to 7 miles per hour.

Hacking spoke to a UC Agriculture and Natural Resources expert about the promising almond pollination season.

"The overlap is very good this year," said Danielle Lightle, UC ANR Cooperative Extension advisor in Glenn County. Overlap means different varieties are in bloom at the same time, which is necessary for almond cross-pollination.

Lightle said Glenn County had enough rain to fill the soil profile with moisture. This year, rainfall totals in the northern part of the state are just under normal. Last year, growers had to pump groundwater in December and January to give the trees the moisture they need during bloom.

California weather is perfect for almond bloom.


Posted on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 2:49 PM
Tags: almonds (22), Danielle Lightle (1)

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