Hilgardia
Hilgardia
Hilgardia
University of California
Hilgardia

Forage demand rises as supplies wane: Growers face critical juncture in desert forage production

Authors

Dan Putnam
Robert Kallenbach

Authors Affiliations

D. Putnam is Alfalfa and Forage Crop Agronomist and Extension Specialist in the Department of Agronomy and Range Science, UC Davis.

Publication Information

Hilgardia 51(3):12-16. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n03p12. May 1997.

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Abstract

Forages dominate the low-desert agricultural landscape. Competition for water resources is intensifying in desert regions at the same time that demand for high-quality forage crops is increasing. California is a forage-deficit state and is likely to remain so in the future. To improve and sustain forage production in the desert, research and education efforts must address limited water supplies and pest problems. Forage research should focus on the critical issues of irrigation efficiency, pest control, use of alternative forages and improvements in forage quality.

Putnam D, Kallenbach R. 1997. Forage demand rises as supplies wane: Growers face critical juncture in desert forage production. Hilgardia 51(3):12-16. DOI:10.3733/ca.v051n03p12
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