University of California Grain & Silage Corn
University of California Grain & Silage Corn
University of California Grain & Silage Corn
University of California
University of California Grain & Silage Corn

Welcome to UC Grain & Silage Corn Research & Information

We are an interdisciplinary team of University of California farm advisors, specialists and faculty. Our purpose is to provide agronomic guidelines and information related to corn production tailored to California’s growers, researchers and industry professionals.

California corn plants
Corn is the most widely planted grain in the United States, with most of the domestic production grown in the Midwest. In California, field corn is grown for grain and silage. In 2014, total area planted for both purposes was 520,000 acres with the highest corn grain production occurring in Sacramento, Glenn, Solano, Sutter, and Stanislaus counties. Tulare, Merced, Stanislaus, San Joaquin, and Kings were the top five producing silage counties. (Statistics courtesy of the USDA-NASS

Grain corn may be processed for livestock feed, human consumption, and industrial products. Food products made from corn include starch, sweeteners, and oil. Industrial products include industrial alcohol and fuel ethanol. Silage produced in California primarily feeds dairy cattle.
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Meetings & Events

Annual Delta Field Meeting, Tuesday, October 4th at 10:00am.

The agenda includes topics on both field corn and sorghum. The meeting location is at the UCCE field corn variety trial plot off of Brunk Road on Tyler Island. Please see the attached flyer for more information. The agenda is as follows:


10:00am Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results

10:15am Variety traits for the Delta

10:30am Sorghum seeding rates for optimum productivity – preliminary results

10:45am Viewing of field plots

Agenda Download (PDF)

We have requested CCA continuing education credits; light refreshments will be provided.
Please contact Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, Delta farm advisor (209-953-6100) with questions.


UC-IPM Pest Management Guidelines

ANR and UC IPM logos

Year-Round IPM Program for Field Corn This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of field corn in the Central Valley and provides information about what should be done throughout the year in an overall IPM program.

Pest Damage & Weeds Photo Identification Checklist forms and surveys; Photo identification pages. 

Pest Management Guidelines How to manage pests in California Field Corn (Diseases; Insects and Mites; Weeds)

Pest Management Guidelines UC-IPM Pest Management Guidelines for Field Corn (PDF)


Drought Tips

California's historically severe and prolonged drought period has resulted in reduced agricultural productivity and yield. California field corn is an irrigated, summer crop. Thus, the amount of irrigation applied will largely determine how much water is available to the crop. Although water limitations have reduced field corn productivity, careful consideration of variety choice, planting date, tillage practices, residue management, in-season agronomic practices, and irrigation system design and performance can help to counter some of these effects and maximize the productivity of the water that is applied.
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Drought Tips: Key Considerations Managing Corn in Drought

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