Do you have questions on timing and methods for incorporating cover crop residue back into your soil? Or how to manage a cover crop through the spring and summer months?
Join the UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Pajaro Valley growers at a cover crop field workshop. There you will share ideas with other growers and cover crop researchers on the benefits, challenges, and management strategies for including cover crop in many different production scenarios, including:
• Covered fallow rotations
• Management of cover crop in the spring and summer
• Cover cropping in the furrows in strawberry and vegetable systems
UC Cooperative Extension will host a field day at the USDA-ARS Spence research farm to
show a field trial evaluating water use in drip irrigated celery. This is an opportunity to see firsthand
the effect of water management on celery growth. We will discuss using weather data for
scheduling irrigations using the CropManage online tool, water application monitoring using
flowmeters, soil moisture monitoring using tensiometers, and the feasibility of improving
irrigation scheduling using satellite-based tools. This is a joint project among UC Cooperative
Extension, CSU Monterey Bay, NASA-Ames, and the USDA-ARS. The project is funded
through the USDA-Specialty Crop Grant Program, administered through CDFA. Cooperators
include Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., and Wilbur Ellis.
Location: The trial is located in a field adjacent to Spence Rd. Enter the ranch from the west
side of Old Stage Rd. Turn right at the water reservoir and drive to the end of the road.
For more info. call: Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor: 831-759-7377
Organized by the California Alfalfa Workgroup and California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium
Hosted by California Alfalfa & Forage Association (CAFA)
Nov. 27 – Full Day: Nutrient Management Workshop (Alfalfa/Corn/Grasses)
Nov 28-29 1.5 Day California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium (Economics, Irrigation, Pest Management)
Exhibits and Sponsorships Welcome
For conference registration, agenda and additional info visit http://calhay.org/symposium/
Estimating yield is both important and difficult. Accurate projections of crop size are necessary for both logistical and financial planning. Growers will share their experience and wisdom when it comes to estimating a crop including their methods, tips and techniques. Different methods will be compared and discussed. We will also dip into the theory behind making estimates.
Bart Haycraft, Vineyard Manager, Jackson Family Wines- Los Alamos
Craig Macmillan, Ph.D., Technical Program Manager, Vineyard Team
SIP Certified Standards:
The content of this workshop applies to SIP Certified® Standard 10.1.4
3.0 CCA CEUs applied for
Free for Members/$30 for Non-members
Tuesday, August 27 from 8:00-10:00
Madera County Farm Bureau, 1102 S Pine St, Madera, CA 93637
Interested in learning more about how to use evapotranspiration, soil sensors, and the pressure chamber to improve your irrigation practices? Want to learn how to irrigate better but don’t know where to start? Join us for an introductory irrigation training, where Phoebe Gordon (Orchard Crops) and Karl Lund (Vineyards) will teach you how to:
- Convert hours irrigated into inches of water per acre
Calculate your orchard or vineyard’s stored water
Use ET to calculate the required water for your orchard or vineyard
Use soil sensors to time irrigation sets
Using the pressure bomb as a practice check or to manage reduced irrigation programs
Seats are limited, so registration is required (but free!).