Steve B. Orloff

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Executive Summary Will an advanced industrial society value humble crop plants being grown adjacent to multi-million dollar office complexes or homes? Does the public know how important agriculture is to their daily lives, providing not only food but a wide variety of other benefits as well? Or, when push comes to shove, will society simply dispense with(More)
P roviding an adequate supply of nutrients is important for alfalfa production and is essential for maintaining high and profitable yields. However, supplying proper plant nutrition requires complex and often difficult management decisions. The process includes an analysis of which nutrients are needed, selection of the proper fertilizer, application rate,(More)
The evapotranspiration (ET) of fully-irrigated alfalfa ranged from 31.9 inches in northern California to 65.2 inches in desert areas of southern California. During low water years, however, ET may be reduced by limited amounts of applied water. Strategies for coping with limited water supplies include reducing the irrigated acreage, fully-irrigating the(More)
We determined the change in forage quality of two reduced lignin transgenic alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) populations, compared to appropriate controls and grown in diverse environments. Harvests were taken beginning at late vegetative stage and continued at 5 day intervals for 5 total harvests. Forage samples were analyzed for crude protein, neutral(More)
H arvest management decisions are critical to the profitability of an alfalfa crop. The timing of alfalfa harvests is the primary method by which growers can influence the nutritional quality of alfalfa hay. Additionally, harvest timing has a profound influence on forage yield and stand life as well as pest management, particularly weed infestation. It is(More)
This paper reports an analysis of the overhead (ownership) and operating costs (fuel, repairs, and labor) associated with different alternatives for alfalfa harvest equipment complements. Specifically, costs are calculated for one harvest operation for small bales using a swather with a cutter bar header, small bales using a swather with a rotary header,(More)