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.
Growers in the Ventura River Watershed are invited to participate in a Nitrogen Management Plan self-certification workshop. This workshop will provide growers the credentials required to develop a certified Nitrogen Management Plan for their farms by the end of January 2019, as required by the the Ventura River Watershed Algae TMDL (a regulation adopted to reduce excessive algae growth in the river by reducing the influx of nutrients in runoff).
The workshop itself will include a training presentation, developed in collaboration with CDFA FREP and UCCE, and will be followed by a 30-minute exam requiring a passing score of 70 percent.
Registration is required and is open now with priority for Ventura River Watershed growers.
9:00 Update on Santa Barbara County Water Quality Challenges and Legislation
9:20 Best Management Practices (BMPs) in Raspberry Plasticulture Tunnel Post Rows
9:30 Effect of BMPs on Nitrogen
9:50 Effect of BMPS on Phosphorus, Runoff Turbidity, and Sediment Movement
10:10 Effect of BMPs on Weeds
10:20 BMP Costs
10:30 Polyacrylamide Demonstration, Questions, and Survey
Registration Link and MAP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hoophouse-field-day-tickets-50613920599)
Project and Survey Link (http://www.vcrcd.org/specialty-crop-block-grant)
The California Irrigation Institute hosts an annual conference on California water issues, water use efficiency, water quality, and surface and groundwater management. The conference features leading water industry experts, government agency heads, water district managers, innovative farmers, and vendors with leading water saving products. The sessions aim to discuss research results and practical field experience.
Wheat Field Day: Colusa County, CA
9:00 Welcome and the Nitrogen Opportunity
9:15 In season N decision making and how to create a N calibration zone in the field
9:30 Demo of soil nitrate quick test
9:45 Real time plant sensing using hand-held tools and drone imagery
10:00 interpreting field measurements and on farm decision making
10:15 grower perspective on N rich strips
10:30 UC Small grain variety testing program tools and updates
10:45 variety trial observation
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
- 10:00am Welcome, Introductions, and Project Overview Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County
- 10:20am “Lightning Talks” Brief presentations from organizations working on cover cropping and soil health
- Cool Season Cover Cropping: Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, UCCE
- Cover Cropping Survey: Ben Weise, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
- Climate Smart Farming Program: Sara Tiffany, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Cover
- Cropping Incentive Programs: Sonya Miller, USDA-NRCS San Joaquin County
- Summer Cover Crop Options: Valerie Bullard and Margaret Smither-Kopperl, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center
- 10:45am Caravan to field site
- 11:00am Warm Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta – Preliminary Results from Year 1 Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE
- 11:15am Viewing of plot
- 11:45am Wrap-up and Evaluations