Glenn County
University of California
Glenn County

Agronomy & Weed Science

I was born and grew up in Italy. My grandfather was an agronomist and I spent almost all my summers helping him at “Pian del noce” (Walnut Flat), his farm in southern Tuscany where he grew grapes, olives, walnuts, and vegetables.

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I studied Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florence, Italy and in 2010 I pursued a Master of Science Degree in Agriculture working at the department of plant pathology studying organic control of yellow leaf spot disease on vegetables. The same year, I moved to Australia where I worked for Agrisearch Services a contract research company. In the following four years, working from different location across Australia,    I managed many field trials in a wide range of crops, ranging from cotton to sugarcane, but also almond and row crops.

In 2014, I moved to UC Davis to pursue a Ph.D. Degree in horticulture and agronomy, working under the supervision of Dr Brad Hanson (UCCE Weed Science Specialist) and Dr Kassim Al-khatib (Professor and UCCE Specialist). My Ph.D. project focus on rice herbicide drift on walnuts in the Sacramento Valley. I will be done with my doctorate by the end of this year.

I started in June as the new agronomy/weed science farm advisor for Glenn, Butte and Tehama counties, based at the UCCE Glenn office in Orland. I am working in small grains, corn, sunflower, cotton, alfalfa and dry beans. In addition, as a weed science advisor, I am also looking forward to working with horticultural and orchard crops.  I can be reached by phone (530-865-1105) or email


Field crops are a big part of the agricultural base of Glenn County. Some crops, such as alfalfa hay and sorghum, are grown as feed for the dairy and livestock industry, while cotton and rice are grown for commercial purposes.

 Resources of Wheat Production:

Small Grain Production Manual (10 Mb)

For rice information, follow this link:

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