This course focuses on ETo and crop coefficients, practical irrigation scheduling, how efficiency and uniformity influence scheduling, drainage concepts and layouts, salinity, leaching requirements and reclamation.
The class will cover new techniques in the control and application of fertilizers through irrigation systems and strategies to conform with the intent of the new nitrogen regulations in California. Other topics will include nitrogen fertilizers, challenges with phosphorus and potassium applications, growth enhancers, and organic-compliant ways to keep drip systems clean. Increasing yields per acre-foot of evapotranspiration (ET) through better fertility management, will also be discussed.
This course covers design layouts, flushing, fittings, how design relates to management, hose installation and retrieval
Topics will include: filtration, step-by-step design procedure of hardware selection and hyraulics, drip/micro system design, SDI for trees and vines, plugging prevention. Features ITRC book Drip and Micro Irrigation for Trees, Vines, and Field Crops (4th Ed.) and software, Drip Hydraulics.
Full agenda and additional information can be seen HERE
7:45-8:30 Welcome and Registration
8:30-8:50 Labor Work Force Support -Jesse F. Duron, Execute Director CITA H-2A Services & Resources
8:50-9:25 Nutrient management – Laura Murphy, Soil Scientist, Monterey RCD
9:25-10:00 Maintenance for Irrigation Optimum Efficiency – Sergio Campos, Agricultural Engineer-USDA NRCS
10:10-10:45 Soil Health and Cover Crops – Martin Guerena, Sustainable Ag Specialist with NCAT/ATTRA
10:55-11:30 Cover Crop Experience – Jose Robles, “Robles Ranch”
12:00-12:35 Work Safety – Teresa Andrews, MS, Education and Outreach Specialist
12:35-1:10 Upcoming opportunities though the NRCS – Graciela Gomez, Soil Conservation Technician.
Developing relevant policies, programs, strategies and resources to support sustainable agriculture throughout Southern California is contingent on understanding changing climate and its impact to the unique agricultural environments and industry in the region. This symposium is intended to bring together policy makers, government agencies, researchers, educators, consultants and other public and private agricultural service providers. Discussions will be centered on the San Diego County region; however, information shared may be relevant for neighboring counties. Please complete the registration form below.