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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.

Apr
18
Wed
CAPCA ED & North Coast CAPCA @ SpringHill Suites Napa Valley
Apr 18 @ 7:30 am – 3:15 pm

Topics of interest (nutrient or irrigation management)

11:30 Mitigating Off Site Run OffSarah Light, UCCE Sutter, Yuba, and Colusa Counties
1:00 Soil Microbiology in ViticultureRonald Helland, Sobec Inc.
2:30 Well Depth Readings & Ground Water BankingThomas Harter, UC Davis

Visit Site for full agenda and registration.

CCA CEUs available

Jan
10
Thu
Sac Valley Cling Peach Day @ Sutter-Yuba Cooperative Extension Office
Jan 10 @ 8:30 am – 12:45 pm

Save the date! Information coming soon, check back at http://cesutter.ucanr.edu/?calitem=432400

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
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
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
Nov
12
Tue
CARCD Annual Conference @ Sheraton at the Sundial Bridge, Redding
Nov 12 – Nov 15 all-day

“Increasing Pace and Scale: Local Action for Water, Soil, and Forest Resilience”

The California Association of Resource Conservation Districts (CARCD) will continue the tradition of bringing together the conservation community from around the state at the 74th Annual CARCD Conference.

This year’s theme is “Increasing Pace and Scale: Local Action for Water, Soil, and Forest Resilience” and the conference will be held from November 12-15, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel at the Sundial Bridge in Redding, California.

The Annual CARCD Conference is a highly anticipated event that brings together conservation practitioners, scientists, private landowners and land managers, legislators, non-profits—plus state, federal and regional agency representatives. Recent speakers have included the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, the Director of the California Department of Conservation, and renowned researchers and advisors from the University of California, among others.

Please direct any questions to Kiko Barr, conference coordinator, who can be reached at kiko-barr@carcd.org or (916) 836-4804. We look forward to seeing you in November!

Feb
18
Tue
Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting @ Monterey County Agricultural Center
Feb 18 @ 7:45 am – 12:30 pm
  • 7:45         Registration (free)
  • 8:00          Best management practices for mitigating pesticides in run-off (Bryn Phillips, Toxicologist, UCD Granite Canyon Laboratory)
  • 8:30          Does evapotranspiration (ET) work? (Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 9:00         Effect of drip germination on topical N fertilizer applications  (Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops and Weed Science Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 9:30         Using weather-based irrigation scheduling for optimizing cauliflower production (Lee Johnson, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center-CSUMB)
  • 10:00       Break
  • 10:30        A minus R: Implications and challenges for Central Coast farming. (Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 11:00        Treatment of reservoir and tail water for protecting food safety (Channah Rock, Associate Professor, University of Arizona)
  • 11:30        Organic fertilization of vegetables (Joji Muramoto, Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Santa Cruz)  
  • 12:00       Update on Salinas Valley ground water management
  • 12:30       Pizza Lunch

CCA & DPR CEUs will be available

More information: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=39097

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