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.

Mar
29
Thu
Golden State Dairy Management Conference @ San Joaquin County Ag Center
Mar 29 – Mar 30 all-day

Topics of Interest Include: Managing Nutrients and Maintaining Yields

Nutrient Uptake – Results from the Field
Nicholas Clark, Agronomy Advisor – Kings, Tulare, Kern & Fresno Counties

Managing Small Grain Silage for Production and Quality
Steven Wright, Agronomy Advisor Emeritus

Irrigation Management in Corn
Bob Hutmacher, Specialist and West Side Director

Other sessions focus on herd health, feed quality, reproduction and hands on demonstrations

Jun
26
Tue
U.A.V Drone Field Meeting @ Bowles Farming
Jun 26 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Are you interested in unmanned aerial vehicles (drones)? UC ANR will be partnering with Bowles Farming to present the 2nd annual UAV field meeting at Bowles Farming (11609 Hereford Road) in Los Banos. This meeting is free. Participants will learn about how UAVs can be used in agricultural operations and how to become licensed to fly a drone. There will be free demo flights by CSU Fresno, UC Merced, and Bowles Farming. DPR, CCA, N-management CE units have been applied for. Call 209-385-7403 for more information.

2 grower continuing education units available

Oct
23
Tue
Healthy Soils Field Day and Compost Demonstration @ Ted Chamberlin Ranch
Oct 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Topics include:

Science of Soil Health

Compost Demonstration and Discussion

Benefits of Managed Grazing

Open Spaces & Vineyard IPM

Weed ID

Carbon Farm Planning

 

 

Please RSVP by Friday, Oct 12th by emailing Allegra Roth at aroth@cecmail.org

or calling 805-963-0583 ext. 104.

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/

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

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.

Sep
19
Thu
Feeding Beets on California Dairy Farms @ Kearney Ag Center
Sep 19 @ 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm

What this meeting will cover: The use of sugar beets as a winter forage crop on dairies in the San Joaquin Valley. Sugar beets were planted in late October in 2018 on the Legacy Dairy near Pixley, California. They were harvested in late June and co-ensiled with almond hulls. Root yields approached 60 tons per acre fresh weight. Beets are used commonly as feed in Arizona, where winter production is the most efficient way to produce large amounts of highly digestible, high energy forage with minimal amounts of water. They have similar potential for dairy farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.

What we will talk about: This meeting will present results from the feed beet project at the Legacy Dairy including growing the crop and yields, general sugar beet production guidelines for dairy farms, forage yields and quality, making silage, and how to feed sugar beet forage to high producing dairy cows.

Who should come? Dairymen, dairy nutritionists, and crop advisors working with dairy producers.

Agenda
12:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:15 Welcome and Introduction – Nick Clark, UCCE Tulare County
  • 1:30 Growing Sugar Beets on Dairy Farms: The Basics – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist; Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 2:00 Silage Making and Silage Quality – Peter Robinson (tentative) – Animal Sciences, UC Davis
  • 2:30 Results from the Legacy Dairy: Yields, Growing and Harvesting Methods, Making silage – Frank Fernandes, Gene Aksland, Steve Kaffka, Legacy Dairy, Consulting Agronomist, & UC Davis
  • 3:00 Experiences with Growing and Feeding Beets in Arizona – Niles Jennet, Consulting Nutritionist, Arizona
  • 3:30 Seed Sources and Other Useful Information – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist, Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 3:45 Adjourn