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.

Oct
18
Thu
Celery Irrigation Field Trial @ USDA-ARS Spence Research Farm
Oct 18 @ 9:00 am – 10:30 am

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

Nov
19
Mon
Tree & Vine Irrigation Workshop @ Madera County Farm Bureau
Nov 19 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

AGENDA:

7:45 AM REGISTRATION

8:00 AM PRESENTATIONS

  • NRCS: Nutrient Management, Air Quality and Do-it-yourself Distribution Uniformity
  • Xerces: Hedgerows/cover crops and habitats.
  • UCCE Orchard Advisor: How to: fill out a nitrogen budget, determine how much your trees need, and timing of nitrogen applications
  • UCCE Viticulture Advisor: Technologies used to determine when to start yearly irrigation, calculation of added water and basics for when/how to collect nutrient samples for vineyards.
  • Center for Irrigation Technology: Good irrigation system performance overview and managing water applied.

*3.25 Grower CEU available

RSVP to office@maderafb.com

Nov
27
Tue
2018 Alfalfa and Forage Symposium @ Grand Sierra Hotel
Nov 27 – Nov 29 all-day

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/

Nov
29
Thu
Vineyard Soil Health Workshops @ J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Nov 29 @ 4:24 pm – 5:24 pm

One Day, Two Locations! For more information visit: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=225

2.0 CCA CEUs Approved (1.0 Soil & Water, 1.0 Nutrient management)

 Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project 9:00am
The focus of the workshop will be on compost application in vineyards, but growers of any vine or tree crop are invited to attend. Presenters will discuss compost use from a variety of perspectives, and showcase the types of soil monitoring taking place at J. Lohr Vineyard as part of the three-year project. Growers interested in applying for their own Healthy Soils Program grant will be provided information about the application process for the incentives program.

 Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District Healthy Soils Project 12:00pm

The USLTRCD will be presenting on different cover cropping and management decisions as well as demonstrating how a soil sample is taken. The discussion will also focus on the benefit of soil sampling and how PLFA testing may allow for a clearer understanding of the microbial communities that are the life of the soils we all need.

Apr
3
Wed
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
4
Thu
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
5
Fri
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
18
Thu
Drip Irrigation System Start Up @ Sea Smoke Vineyard
Apr 18 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting is a walkthrough of Best Management Practices for starting up a drip irrigation system in the spring.

Intended for those who depend on, operate or repair drip irrigation systems in vineyards.

This special meeting will be in Spanish and English.

Jacob Hernandez of JH Ag Consulting will walk attendees from the well to the end of the drip hose stopping along the way to demonstrate how to prep the key points in the system before the irrigation season starts.

Jacob will talk about some common problems with irrigation systems and how to address them.

The goal of this meeting is to bring together experts, boots-in-the-field irrigators, and vineyard managers to share their knowledge and experience with drip irrigation system maintenance and repair and what they do at the beginning of the season to ensure the system works properly.

Applies to SIP Certified® Standards 2.6.8, 5.1, 5.2, & 5.3.5

CEUs approved for: 3.0 CCA (Soil & Water)

Free for Members / $30 for Non-Members

Jun
6
Thu
Crop Estimation Tailgate
Jun 6 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

Confirmed Speakers:

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

Aug
27
Tue
Madera County Irrigation Training Day @ Madera County FB
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

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!).