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.

May
17
Thu
Alfalfa and Small Grains Field Day @ UC Davis
May 17 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Join friends and colleagues at the UC Davis Alfalfa/Small Grains Field Day. No pre-registration is required.

8:30-12:00 Small Grains

12:00-1:00 BBQ Lunch

1:00-4:30 Alfalfa/Forages

See full agenda

Oct
2
Tue
Nutrient Management Plan Self-Certification Workshop -Ventura @ Soule Park Golf Course
Oct 2 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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.

Oct
16
Tue
Storm water and Sediment Management in Raspberry Plasticulture Tunnels @ Prell Road Ranch
Oct 16 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Agenda

8:30 Registration

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

11:00 End

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)

 

Feb
4
Mon
California Irrigation Institute Conference @ Hilton Sacramento
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

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.

Mar
12
Tue
Wheat Field Day
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

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

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

Sep
4
Wed
Soil Health and Cover Cropping Field Meeting @ Staten Island Grain Silos
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Agenda

  • 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