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 email@example.com.
9:00 – 9:10 INTRODUCTION – Kelly Huff, Dixon/Solano RCD Water Quality Coalition
9:10 – 9:55 MEASURING WATER USE – Paul Lum, Solano Ag Water Conservation Committee
- How to measure and how to estimate inches of irrigation water applied to fields and to crops.
9:55 – 11:10 YOUR IRRIGATION & SOIL HEALTH PRACTICES – How they relate to management of nitrates and water quality – Liz Colby, USDA NRCS Field Office Engineer & Wendy Rash, USDA NRCS District Conservationist
- Multiple benefits of irrigation water management and soil health practices
- Instructions for including nitrates from irrigation water in nutrient management plans.
- Review irrigation practices, installation and common challenges.
11:10 – 11:30 TESTING FOR NITRATES / FINANCIAL & TECHNICAL SUPPORT – Amy King, Solano Resource Conservation District
- Testing irrigation and drinking water wells for nitrate levels
- Financial and technical support
*2 Grower CEUs available
3 hours of VCAILG educational hours applied
Language: Simultaneous Spanish translation will be available
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
10:20-10:30 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
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.
Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Continuing Education Workshop
Friday, November 8, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kern Ag Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307
This workshop fulfills 3.5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) required to maintain the Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) Self-Certification. CEU certificates will be handed out to participants at the end of the workshop.
Please RSVP by Monday, November 4, 2019: Visit www.krwca.org and follow the link to the RSVP form or call (661) 616-6500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
- 8:30 – 9 a.m. Understand Your Soil to Improve Irrigation and Nitrogen Management
- Presenter: D. Ryan Dodd, CPSS, CCA, TSP, Soil Scientist/Agronomist, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
- 9 – 10 a.m. Efficient Nitrogen Management
- Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra
- 10 – 10:30 a.m. The Importance of Distribution Uniformity in Irrigation Management
- Presenter: Brian Hockett, District Manager, North West Kern Resource Conservation District
- 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Irrigation Management to Maximize Recovery of Applied Nitrogen into Crops
- Presenter: Dr. John Dickey, Owner and Principal Soil Scientist and Agronomist, PlanTierra
- 11:30 – 12 p.m. Current Status of Nitrogen Use Efficiency; Prospects for Improvement
- Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra