Jerry Schmierer is the Agronomy Farm Advisor in Colusa, Sutter and
His undergraduate training in agronomy was at
The majority of his professional career has been working with alfalfa, sugar beets, wheat, barley and oats. Weed control and plant nutrition have been the focus of his research programs. Farm profitability and the use of precision agriculture techniques such as GPS and GIS to aid in management decision making are a new focus for this advisor’s program.
- Alfalfa profitability issues include yield, hay quality and stand longevity. Specific problems that affect these issues are nutrient deficiencies (i.e. Phosphorus and Molybdenum), harvest management, weed control and water management.
- Stripe rust in wheat has become a major factor as the strains of rust change and the common varieties are no longer resistant to the new strains. The wheat variety testing program is an important tool in identifying resistant varieties to each new strain of rust as it develops.
Jerry Schmierer also develops and maintains several web sites for UC Workgroups special projects. His latest projects incluse Web Based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) agricultural land use information that is projected on top of the latest aerial and satelite imagery that is avialable. Follow the links below to those sites: