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.

Mar
28
Wed
Cover Cropping for Beneficial Insects Field Day @ Muller Ranch LLC
Mar 28 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Agenda

8:30 – 9:00 Arrive and Sign-In

9:00 – 9:20 Welcome and Introduction, Project Background (Jessa Kay Cruz, Senior Pollinator and Ag Biodiversity Specialist, The Xerces Society)

9:20 – 9:40 Cover Cropping for Soil Health (Jeff Borum, Soil Health Coordinator, East Stanislaus RCD)

9:40 – 10:00 Cover Cropping for Beneficial Insects (Rachael Long, Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension)

10:00 – 10:30 Insect Ecology, Plant Species Selection, Implementation and Management (Jessa Kay Cruz, The Xerces Society)

10:30 – 10:50 A Farmer’s Perspective: Why do it and How Well Does it Work? (Colin Thomas Muller, Muller Ranch LLC)

10:50 – 11:10 Accessing NRCS Cost-Share Programs and Understanding the Planning Process (Fanny Ye, Soil Conservationist, NRCS and Corey Shake, Point Blue / NRCS Partner Biologist)

11:10 – 11:30 Surveys, Raffle, Q&A, Wrap-up

Please RSVP to:

Jessa.kay-cruz@xerces.org

 

Aug
22
Wed
Warm Season Cover Crops Field Day @ Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

No registration required! Free Event.

10:00 Margaret SmitherKopperl, PMC Manager Welcome

10:05 Scott Park A Producers Experience with Warm Season Cover Crops

10:25 Valerie Bullard, PMC Agronomist Warm Season Cover Crops

10:50 Gill Costa, Sentek Technologies Moisture Sensors for Irrigation Water Monitoring

11:10 Michelle LeinefelderMiles and Brenna Aegerter, UC Extension Cover crops, Soil Health and Greenhouse Gas Study

11:30 Z. Kabir, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist Timing of Warm Season Cover Crops

11:45 Wendy Rash, District Conservationist NRCS Programs and Cover Crops

11:55 Margaret SmitherKopperl Conclusions and Questions

 

Nov
29
Thu
Vineyard Soil Health Workshops @ J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Nov 29 @ 4:24 pm – 5:24 pm

One Day, Two Locations! For more information visit: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=225

2.0 CCA CEUs Approved (1.0 Soil & Water, 1.0 Nutrient management)

 Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project 9:00am
The focus of the workshop will be on compost application in vineyards, but growers of any vine or tree crop are invited to attend. Presenters will discuss compost use from a variety of perspectives, and showcase the types of soil monitoring taking place at J. Lohr Vineyard as part of the three-year project. Growers interested in applying for their own Healthy Soils Program grant will be provided information about the application process for the incentives program.

 Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District Healthy Soils Project 12:00pm

The USLTRCD will be presenting on different cover cropping and management decisions as well as demonstrating how a soil sample is taken. The discussion will also focus on the benefit of soil sampling and how PLFA testing may allow for a clearer understanding of the microbial communities that are the life of the soils we all need.

Mar
21
Thu
Almond Orchard Cover Crop Field Day
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join UCCE Merced and UC Davis for an informative field day about growing cover crops while maximizing their benefits in almond orchards. Machinery and seed mixes will be on exhibit.

Topics:
Soil Health and Soil Food Web
NOW Management
Bee Health and Habitat
Orchard Water Dynamics
Nematode Suppression
Weed Suppression

Flyer can be found HERE: https://tinyurl.com/yalkbx5u

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3TSRggPDbAG1lx_gVyYJFyk8Xk-UlqnCNEiFXb8csnVc9Wg/viewform

Mar
22
Fri
Fava Bean Cover Crop Field Day @ Lundberg Family Farm
Mar 22 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Fava bean is an ancient food crop that is extensively grown and consumed around the world. In California, fava bean is largely grown as winter cover crop to protect the soil and add to soil nitrogen. In this field day event, several speakers will talk about the benefits and selection of cover crops for different cropping systems. We will also demonstrate a field trial that aims to identify fava bean genotypes with enhanced nitrogen fixation.

Agenda:

9:45 – Refreshment & Registration

10:00 – Welcome & Organic Rice Production – Jessica Lundberg, LFF

10:15 – Cover Crops in Annual Rotations – Sarah Light, UCCE Agronomy Advisor

10:30 – Fava bean Cover Crop in Ricelands – Dr. Jinguo Hu, ARS Pullman, Genetic Resources

10:45 – Selection of Warm & Cool Season Cover Crops – Margaret Smither-Kopperl, PMC

11:00 – Cover Crops in Orchards- Rory Crowley, Nicolaus Nut Company, Inc.

11:15 – Walking to the Field Trial

11:30 – Students Research Spotlight, Fava bean Benefits Potentials – Aaron Alvarez, Amanda Cox, Chloe Dugger, Miriam Pacheco

11:45 – Fava bean Nitrogen Fixation, Dr. Zakeri, CSU, Chico

Noon – Adjourn and Questions

All are welcome. There is no registration, but they would appreciate an email to Hossein Zakeri, hzakeri@csuchico.edu for a headcount. For more information, call 530-538-3500.

Aug
28
Wed
Cover Cropping in Nut Orchards @ Davis Ranches
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come learn about cover crops from experienced growers and technical advisers at Davis Ranches in Colusa, with a focus on integrating cover crops into the management calendar and seed selection.

Topics covered and speakers will include:

• Benefits and tradeoffs of growing cover crops from experienced growers with Nick Edsall and Daniel Unruh
• Overview of CAFF’s cover crop in nuts project with Sara Tiffany (CAFF)
• How to integrate cover crops into the management calendar & annual reseeding cover crops with Janine Hasey (UC Cooperative Extension)
• Planning a cover crop – seed selection, lining up equipment, and deciding when to plant with Tom Johnson (Kamprath Seed)

Lunch and refreshments provided

Please come prepared with sunscreen and hats as we’ll be out in the field!

RSVP Required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cover-cropping-in-nut-orchards-field-day-tickets-66966216757 

Sep
4
Wed
Soil Health and Cover Cropping Field Meeting @ Staten Island Grain Silos
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Agenda

  • 10:00am Welcome, Introductions, and Project Overview Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County
  • 10:20am “Lightning Talks” Brief presentations from organizations working on cover cropping and soil health
    • Cool Season Cover Cropping: Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, UCCE
    • Cover Cropping Survey: Ben Weise, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
    • Climate Smart Farming Program: Sara Tiffany, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Cover
    • Cropping Incentive Programs: Sonya Miller, USDA-NRCS San Joaquin County
    • Summer Cover Crop Options: Valerie Bullard and Margaret Smither-Kopperl, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center
  • 10:45am Caravan to field site
  • 11:00am Warm Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta – Preliminary Results from Year 1 Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE
  • 11:15am Viewing of plot
  • 11:45am Wrap-up and Evaluations
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.