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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.

Aug
21
Wed
Plant Nutrition and the Nursery Infrastructure @ Target Specialty Products
Aug 21 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Morning in English and afternoon in Spanish. FLYER 2019

The workshop key learnings will be:
• Identify and understand the role of plant nutrients in plant growth and their role in plant growth.
• Identify plant nutrient deficiency and toxicity symptoms.
• Understand the sources and movement of fertilizers in a nursery production system.
• Develop the groundwork for optimizing fertilizer use in a container nursery operation.

Sep
18
Wed
Fertilizer Type, Uses, and Methods of Monitoring Fertilizer Status in a Nursery Operation @ Target Specialty Products
Sep 18 @ 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Workshop Flyer

The workshop key learnings include:
• Have a working knowledge of fertilizer types.
• Choose the proper fertilizer(s) to optimize plant growth and have a sustainable operation
• Use fertilizers properly to optimize nutrient uptake into plants
• Monitor media and water quality
• Develop a record keeping program to track production with fertilizer usage

Sep
19
Thu
Alfalfa and Forage Field Day @ UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Sep 19 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm

A half-day of forage research demonstrations and educational presentations in the field and in the classroom. The meeting will begin early morning through lunch, and lunch will be provided.

Feeding Beets on California Dairy Farms @ Kearney Ag Center
Sep 19 @ 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm

What this meeting will cover: The use of sugar beets as a winter forage crop on dairies in the San Joaquin Valley. Sugar beets were planted in late October in 2018 on the Legacy Dairy near Pixley, California. They were harvested in late June and co-ensiled with almond hulls. Root yields approached 60 tons per acre fresh weight. Beets are used commonly as feed in Arizona, where winter production is the most efficient way to produce large amounts of highly digestible, high energy forage with minimal amounts of water. They have similar potential for dairy farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.

What we will talk about: This meeting will present results from the feed beet project at the Legacy Dairy including growing the crop and yields, general sugar beet production guidelines for dairy farms, forage yields and quality, making silage, and how to feed sugar beet forage to high producing dairy cows.

Who should come? Dairymen, dairy nutritionists, and crop advisors working with dairy producers.

Agenda
12:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:15 Welcome and Introduction – Nick Clark, UCCE Tulare County
  • 1:30 Growing Sugar Beets on Dairy Farms: The Basics – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist; Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 2:00 Silage Making and Silage Quality – Peter Robinson (tentative) – Animal Sciences, UC Davis
  • 2:30 Results from the Legacy Dairy: Yields, Growing and Harvesting Methods, Making silage – Frank Fernandes, Gene Aksland, Steve Kaffka, Legacy Dairy, Consulting Agronomist, & UC Davis
  • 3:00 Experiences with Growing and Feeding Beets in Arizona – Niles Jennet, Consulting Nutritionist, Arizona
  • 3:30 Seed Sources and Other Useful Information – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist, Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 3:45 Adjourn
Oct
10
Thu
Using Compost in Tomato Systems @ Muller Ranch
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Workshop on choosing and applying compost correctly for your operation, to optimize benefits and yields.

About this Event

**CEUs offered**

Workshop will cover:

1) how to choose the right kind of compost for your operation,

2) how to set up a compost spreader,

3) how to calibrate a compost spreader to ensure you are applying the rate you intend,

4) tomato yield and soil health outcomes of compost incorporation.

Nov
14
Thu
West Hills College Coalinga Open Farm @ West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future
Nov 14 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn more about the work the West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future is doing to educate the next generation of agriculturalists. Topics include: Healthy soils, product application by drone, irrigation efficiency, hyperspectral soil sampling, and industrial. All agricultural industry leaders invited! Register at http://tiny.cc/openfarm

Nov
19
Tue
Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium @ Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day

What is the Alfalfa Symposium?
The Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is a comprehensive program on the many issues facing alfalfa and forage crops.  Forages represent a major component of western farming and impact many other enterprises such as dairy farming, beef production, sheep, goats, as well as honey, agricultural industries and environmental issues.  This symposium covers topics ranging from economics and markets, regulatory trends, industry issues, pest management, forage quality, irrigation, genetics to impacts and the environment.  The symposium is a “must” for anyone interested in these important crops.

Organizational Process
The 2019 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is organized by University Cooperative Extension Services of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, in cooperation with grower members of the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.  The symposium is currently in its 49th year, and is hosted by the California Alfalfa & Forage Association, representing thousands of California forage growers.

Who Should Attend?
Farmers, Pest Control Advisors, Certified Crop Advisors, industry members, agency representatives, Cooperative Extension personnel, and anyone who wishes to be informed about important issues related to alfalfa and forages.

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.

Dec
9
Mon
Nitrogen Management CEU Course @ Glenn Success Square, Orland, CA
Dec 9 @ 9:00 am – 10:45 am

NITROGEN MANAGEMENT CEU TRAINING
DECEMBER 9, 2019 9:00 AM TO 10:45 AM GLENN SUCCESS SQUARE 131 E WALKER STREET ORLAND CA 95963

9:00 AM – Welcome!
9:15 AM — Optimizing Forage Growth and Fertilizer Applications by Josh Davy, UCCE Livestock, Range and Pasture Advisor and County Director in Tehama County

10:15 AM — Nitrogen Management Practice Adoption Trends and Reported Barriers by Jessica Rudnick, PhD Candidate, UC Davis
1.5 Continuing Education Units – PENDING

RSVP by December 2nd to info@cgsubwatershed.com

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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