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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
14
Tue
ITRC Row Crop Drip Irrigation @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 14 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

This course covers design layouts, flushing, fittings, how design relates to management, hose installation and retrieval

Aug
15
Wed
ITRC Drip/Micro Irrigation Design @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 15 – Aug 17 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

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.

Feb
12
Tue
Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries Short Course @ University of California Agricultural Center
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This short course will focus on the practical aspects of organic soil fertility management for fast-maturing leafy green vegetables and long-season strawberry production.

Topics will focus on the contribution of various sources of nitrogen for crop production, including mineralization from soil organic matter, release of inorganic nitrogen from organic fertilizers and composts, and the contribution of prior crop residues, cover crops, and irrigation water.

Growers, consultants, and those involved in organic soil fertility management will find this course valuable.

Flyer and registration form: http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/files/293316.pdf

Mar
12
Tue
Wheat Field Day
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Wheat Field Day: Colusa County, CA

9:00 Welcome and the Nitrogen Opportunity

9:15 In season N decision making and how to create a N calibration zone in the field

9:30 Demo of soil nitrate quick test

9:45 Real time plant sensing using hand-held tools and drone imagery

10:00 interpreting field measurements and on farm decision making

10:15 grower perspective on N rich strips

10:30 UC Small grain variety testing program tools and updates

10:45 variety trial observation

Jul
15
Mon
UAV and Ag Technology Field Day @ Bowles Farming
Jul 15 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Schedule of demonstration flights and discussions

9:00am UC Merced Graduate Engineering Team- Ongoing research: Using UAV’s to collect multi-spectral images to help determine best timing of pest control practices: Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.

9:30am CSU Fresno Graduate Engineering Team- Ongoing research: Using UAV’s to collecting weather data from remote sensor stations for use in determining timing of pest control practices. Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.

10:00am Jim McKay, CalTech Ag, Quantix Pilot/Rep- Overview of a currently available, light-weight, simple to fly UAV that collects multi-spectral images to determine vegetative health for use in determining pesticide applications and other inputs. Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.

10:30am Brad Anderson, Yamaha Motors, Unmanned Systems Division Manager -Overview of Yamaha Motors Precision Ag- FAA Part 137 Certification, California DPR Licenses, current pesticide. Discussion and demonstration. 30 min.

11:00am Chuma Ogunwole, Business/Operations Mgr, Pyka Autonomous Aerial Application- Automated Pesticide Spraying using the Pyka Fixed-Wing Autonomous Aircraft. Discussion and display. 30 min.

Jul
31
Wed
Post-Harvest Irrigation Management @ Jul 31 (Modesto) Aug 1 (Fresno) Aug 2 (Bakersfield)
Jul 31 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Before the rush of harvest begins, we invite you to join us for lunch as we look ahead and discuss post-harvest best practices.

Agronomist Ben Smith will review tools and techniques for this often undervalued time of year. Join us and find out how to set-up your operation for the best 2020 season possible. Our ninety-minute format also allows plenty of time for questions and open discussion.

Reserve your spot Now https://hortau.com/lunchandlearn/ 

Aug
1
Thu
Post-Harvest Irrigation Management @ Jul 31 (Modesto) Aug 1 (Fresno) Aug 2 (Bakersfield)
Aug 1 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Before the rush of harvest begins, we invite you to join us for lunch as we look ahead and discuss post-harvest best practices.

Agronomist Ben Smith will review tools and techniques for this often undervalued time of year. Join us and find out how to set-up your operation for the best 2020 season possible. Our ninety-minute format also allows plenty of time for questions and open discussion.

Reserve your spot Now https://hortau.com/lunchandlearn/ 

Aug
2
Fri
Post-Harvest Irrigation Management @ Jul 31 (Modesto) Aug 1 (Fresno) Aug 2 (Bakersfield)
Aug 2 @ 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Before the rush of harvest begins, we invite you to join us for lunch as we look ahead and discuss post-harvest best practices.

Agronomist Ben Smith will review tools and techniques for this often undervalued time of year. Join us and find out how to set-up your operation for the best 2020 season possible. Our ninety-minute format also allows plenty of time for questions and open discussion.

Reserve your spot Now https://hortau.com/lunchandlearn/ 

Aug
14
Wed
Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting for Berry and Vegetable Crops @ Courtyard by Marriott
Aug 14 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

3 hours of VCAILG educational hours applied

Language: Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available

AGENDA

8:00-8:30 Registration

8:30-9:00 Full season nitrogen management of vegetables. Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops and Weed Science Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
9:00-9:20 Assessment of the accuracy and precision of soil chemical analysis performed by eight commercial laboratories. Andre Biscaro, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
9:20-9:50 Mitigating pesticides and sediments in tail water using polyacrylamide (PAM): a new approach. Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties
9:50-10:00 Conditional Waiver requirements and VCAILG program updates. Jodi Switzer, Water Program Director, Farm Bureau of Ventura County

10:00-10:20 Break

10:20-10:30 Resources for soil health and efficient irrigation. Alli Rowe, UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County
10:30-11:00 Agricultural water issues update. John Krist, CEO, Farm Bureau of Ventura County
11:00-11:30 Assessing the impact of nitrogen fertilizer amounts and sources on strawberry yield, fruit quality and shelf life. Andre Biscaro, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension Ventura, Los Angeles and San Bernardino Counties
11:30-12:00 Nitrogen management in organic strawberries and vegetables. Organic Production Specialist, UC Santa Cruz-Cooperative Extension
12:00-12:05 Closing remarks and adjourn – lunch provided by sponsors

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

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