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Events Calendar

This calendar is composed of outreach events related to agricultural management practices that align with FREP’s mission. To add an outreach event, contact us at frep@cdfa.ca.gov.

Apr
5
Fri
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
18
Thu
Drip Irrigation System Start Up @ Sea Smoke Vineyard
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting is a walkthrough of Best Management Practices for starting up a drip irrigation system in the spring.

Intended for those who depend on, operate or repair drip irrigation systems in vineyards.

This special meeting will be in Spanish and English.

Jacob Hernandez of JH Ag Consulting will walk attendees from the well to the end of the drip hose stopping along the way to demonstrate how to prep the key points in the system before the irrigation season starts.

Jacob will talk about some common problems with irrigation systems and how to address them.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together experts, boots-in-the-field irrigators, and vineyard managers to share their knowledge and experience with drip irrigation system maintenance and repair and what they do at the beginning of the season to ensure the system works properly.

Applies to SIP Certified® Standards 2.6.8, 5.1, 5.2, & 5.3.5

CEUs approved for: 3.0 CCA (Soil & Water)

Free for Members / $30 for Non-Members

May
7
Tue
Nickel’s Soil Lab Field Day @ Green Bay Road, Arbuckle
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Nickels Soil Lab’s 2019 field day is set for May 7, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held at facility on Green Bay Road in Arbuckle.

Topics on the program include:

  • Walnut hedging for bot management.
  • Erosion management options.
  • Nematodes in walnuts/rootstock trial.
  • Nitrogen in Walnuts: What, When, Where & How Much?
  • Honey bee hive strength.
  • Evaluation of Independent Irrigation Management of Different Varieties within the Same Almond Orchard during Pre-Harvest and Post-Harvest Periods.
  • NOW management in almonds.
  • Postharvest nitrogen fertilization of almonds in the Sacramento Valley.

One hour of PCA CE credits has been requested and 2.5 hours of CCA CE credits have been approved.

Jun
12
Wed
Strawberry Nitrogen Management Field Day @ Crisalida Berry Farms
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Learn how different nitrogen fertilizer rates and sources affect strawberry yield, fruit quality and shelf-life

  • Visualize treatments effects on plots and discuss results
  • 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) applied for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA)
  • Simultaneous Spanish translation available

Registration is free; please register here: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=27652

Oct
15
Tue
Delta Corn and Small Grains Field Meeting @ Mello Farms
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on Tuesday, October 15th, from 10:00-11:30am, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below and attached. In addition to providing information on the annual corn variety trial, this year’s agenda includes presentations on nitrogen management for the upcoming small grains season. The attached version of the agenda includes a map and directions to the field site. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field!

Agenda:

10:00am         Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE

10:15am         Variety traits for the Delta: Seed company representatives

10:30am         In-Season Nitrogen Management in Wheat: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Sarah Light, UCCE

10:45am         In-Season Nitrogen Management in Malting Barley: Taylor Nelson, UC Davis

11:00am         Viewing of field plots

Nov
20
Wed
South Valley Nut and Citrus Conference @ Tulare Fairgrounds, Tulare
Nov 20 all-day
Dec
5
Thu
Cover Crop Field Day @ River Garden Farms, Knights Landing, CA
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to Farmers and Private Landowners who are actively engaged in crop or livestock production.
Join us for a Field Day and Farm Tour at River Garden Farms! Improving soil health can increase crop yield, attract beneficial insects, and lower your bottom line. Cover crops do all this and contribute to greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Come, learn the ins and outs of cover cropping!

FEATURED TOPICS

  • COVER CROPS are an amazing alternative to leaving your field fallow after harvest. Often applied as a mix of different plant seeds, cover crops help return N to the soil and reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizer needed
  • NITROGEN MANAGEMENT changes when you install a cover crop. Learn how to estimate how much nitrogen is returning to the soil from the cover crop and incorporate that into your nitrogen budget.
  • PEST CONTROL including using non-chemical methods in annual cropping systems with an emphasis on rice systems

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Dominic Bruno, River Garden Farms
  • Scott Park, Park Farm Organics
  • Tom Johnson, Kamprath Seed Company
  • Wendy Rash, Solano NRCS
  • Whitney Brim-DeForest, UCCE Sutter/Yuba

 

The 2017 Healthy Soils Demonstration Project is funded by Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

Jan
10
Fri
California Walnut Conference @ Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
Jan 10 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

Details

January 10, 2020, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

Venue
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
442 Franklin Ave
Yuba City, CA 95991 United States + Google Map

CE Hours

DPR: 4
CCA: 4.5

Feb
4
Tue
Plant and Soil Conference @ Doubletree Hotel Fresno, CA
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

California Plant and Soil Conference
February 4-5, 2020
DoubleTree Hotel & Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: 559-268-1000.  http://calasa.ucdavis.edu

Feb
19
Wed
Healthy Soils and Field Crops Meeting @ Yuba City
Feb 19 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Ag Building Meeting Room, 142 Garden Highway, Yuba City

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 ~ 8:45am – Noon

8:45 am     Coffee and Registration

8:55 am     Welcome

Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa Counties

9:00 am     CDFA Healthy Soils Program Overview, 2020 Funding, and UC Technical Assistance

Emily Lovell and Dana Brady, UCCE Climate Smart Agriculture Program Specialists

Update on UCCE Healthy Soils Projects in the Region

Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa Counties

Nitrogen Availability from Soil Organic Matter and Organic Amendments

Daniel Geisseler, UCCE Nutrient Management Specialist 

Soil Health Benefits of Alfalfa in Crop Rotations

Nicole Tautges, Chief Scientist, Russell Ranch Sustainable Ag Facility 

10:20 am   Break

10:30 am   Agronomic strategies to improve pest management in field crops

Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor, Yolo, Sacramento, Solano Counties

11:00 am   Regulatory Update: Top 10 Violations

Scott Bowden, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Sutter County

11:30 am   Sutter County Hemp Update

Nicolas Oliver, Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, Sutter County 

UC Hemp Research Update

Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa Counties

12:00 am   Evaluation and Adjourn

 

Meeting Sponsored by: University of California Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties

Co-Sponsored by: Sutter County Agricultural Department

 

PCA and Private Applicator Credit—1.25 hours pending

CCA Credit—3 hours pending

Irrigated Lands Program Nitrogen Management Credit—1 hour pending

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