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Join us as we launch the beginning of a state-wide Healthy Soils project supported by CDFA, with topics on:
* Managing winter cover crops in annual rotations in the Sacramento Valley
* Hands-on soil health demonstrations
* Measuring changes in soil carbon based on management practices
Contact Sarah Light (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions.
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.
Soil Health and Soil Food Web
Bee Health and Habitat
Orchard Water Dynamics
Flyer can be found HERE: https://tinyurl.com/yalkbx5u
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.
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, email@example.com for a headcount. For more information, call 530-538-3500.
Dr. Christine Jones, is a renowned and highly respected Soil Ecologist and Cover Crop Specialist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate nutrient cycles, restore water balance, and improve crop productivity.
Dr. Jones joins us from Australia for a cover crops intensive focusing on carbon sequestration and regenerative soil practices. She has played a crucial role in the carbon credits program and regenerative agriculture efforts in Australia, and we are honored to have her featured in this intensive.
Additionally, we have gathered a panel of local innovative farmers to discuss practical application of cover crops for soil health. This will be followed by an open Q&A session to facilitate farmer-to-farmer learning.
Dr. David Johnson joins us on Day 2 for a hands-on workshop focusing on the construction, use, and testing of the Johnson-Su BEAM Compost Bioreactor. Attendees will get their hands dirty, so come dressed for field work.
June 24th – Monday
8:00–8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-8:45am: Welcome – Dr. Tim LaSalle, Co-Founder Center for Regenerative Agriculture, CSU Chico
8:45–10:15am: Part 1: A Fresh Look at Microbes with Dr. Christine Jones: Soil Ecologist; Soil Scientist; Cover Crop Specialist; Founder Amazing Carbon(opens in new window)
10:30–12:00pm: Part 2: The Extraordinary Power of Diversity – Dr. Christine Jones
1:00–2:30pm: Farmer Cover Crop Panel – Economic evaluations: Moderated by Dr. Cindy Daley
- Rory Crowley – Covers in Orchard Systems – Chico, CA
- Clayton Handy – Covers in Orchard Systems – Corning, CA
- Daniel Unruh – Covers in Orchard Systems – Colusa, CA
- Mark Biaggi – Use of cover crops in rangeland – Pescadero, CA
3:30–5:00pm: Part 3: The Nitrogen Dilemma – Dr. Christine Jones
5:00-7:00pm: Social Hour and Networking: Sierra Nevada Beer and Bertagna Wine; Sierra Nevada Cheese
June 25th – Tuesday – Bioreactor Workshop – Dr. David Johnson
8:30–9:30am: Overview of the process of constructing the BEAM Bioreactor
- With an explanation of each step – critical steps – essentials for a good result
- Where to test your BEAM – what the bioassay results should look like
9:30-11:30am: BEAM Bioreactor Workshop with David and Hui-chun Su Johnson
- Come watch David and Hui-chun build a bio-reactor from scratch
- Interactive hands-on workshop with the end result – a fully functioning BEAM bioreactor
To register via phone and pay at the door, text or call:
Priya Tuvell, MAgr., Program Manager
The Center for Regenerative Agriculture
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!
- 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
Monday, November 4, 2019 11-2 pm, lunch included
Norton Hall | 70 Cottonwood Street | Woodland, CA 95695 3 hours of CURES credits requested
No charge but RSVP required by October 31st Rsvp Here
Organic nitrogen management is particularly challenging because nitrogen from organic sources, such as compost, soil organic matter, cover crops, crop residue and soil amendments, must first be converted by microbes to become plant-available forms. Matching plant-available nitrogen to crop demand is necessary in order to provide sufficient nitrogen for optimal yields while reducing the risk of environmental pollution. Furthermore, nitrogen reporting requirements require information in plant-available nitrogen as opposed to total nitrogen applied. As a group, we will complete a comprehensive nitrogen budget, through which you will be given guidelines and calculations for estimating plant-available N. This will be directly translatable for use with your own compost, soil report results, amendments, etc. The last segment of the workshop will include an opportunity to work on your personal nitrogen budget and receive feedback from Margaret and Patricia. Participants are encouraged to bring information from their farm in order to use this information.
TREE,VINE & IRRIGATION WORKSHOP
November 12, 2019 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Please RSVP : www.maderafb.com Or by phone 559-674-8871 Refunds will not be issued for non-attendance or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.
3.25 hours of CCA and Grower Nitrogen Management Continuing Education Units
Cost: $10 MCFB Members $25 Non-MCFB Members
- 8:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. XERCES/NRCS: COVER CROPPING FOR SOIL HEALTH
- 8:35 a.m. -9:20 a.m. UCCE: ORCHARD NITROGEN TALK
- 9:25 A.M.– 9:40A.M. UCCE: SALINITY MANAGEMENT
- 9:45 A.M.-10:30 A.M. CENTER FOR IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY, CSUF: IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT TO CONTROL THE LEACHING OF NITROGEN
- 10:35 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. UCCE: TECHNOLOGIES AND BASICS FOR VINEYARDS
- 11:25 A.M. – 11:55 A.M. JAIN IRRIGATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE NUTRIENT AND WATER MANAGEMENT