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
UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 10:00am to noon, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The attached version includes a map and directions to the field site. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field!
10:00am Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta
10:15am Variety traits for the Delta, Seed company representatives
10:30am N stabilizer product trial in silage corn, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta
10:45am Measuring the interaction between N demand and water use in irrigated corn, Taylor Becker and Mark Lundy, UC Davis
11:00am Viewing of field plots
Full agenda and additional information can be seen HERE
7:45-8:30 Welcome and Registration
8:30-8:50 Labor Work Force Support -Jesse F. Duron, Execute Director CITA H-2A Services & Resources
8:50-9:25 Nutrient management – Laura Murphy, Soil Scientist, Monterey RCD
9:25-10:00 Maintenance for Irrigation Optimum Efficiency – Sergio Campos, Agricultural Engineer-USDA NRCS
10:10-10:45 Soil Health and Cover Crops – Martin Guerena, Sustainable Ag Specialist with NCAT/ATTRA
10:55-11:30 Cover Crop Experience – Jose Robles, “Robles Ranch”
12:00-12:35 Work Safety – Teresa Andrews, MS, Education and Outreach Specialist
12:35-1:10 Upcoming opportunities though the NRCS – Graciela Gomez, Soil Conservation Technician.
Science of Soil Health
Compost Demonstration and Discussion
Benefits of Managed Grazing
Open Spaces & Vineyard IPM
Carbon Farm Planning
Please RSVP by Friday, Oct 12th by emailing Allegra Roth at email@example.com
or calling 805-963-0583 ext. 104.
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.
This short course will focus on the practical aspects of organic soil fertility management for fast-maturing leafy green vegetables and long-season strawberry production.
Topics will focus on the contribution of various sources of nitrogen for crop production, including mineralization from soil organic matter, release of inorganic nitrogen from organic fertilizers and composts, and the contribution of prior crop residues, cover crops, and irrigation water.
Growers, consultants, and those involved in organic soil fertility management will find this course valuable.
Flyer and registration form: http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/files/293316.pdf
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
A half-day of forage research demonstrations and educational presentations in the field and in the classroom. The meeting will begin early morning through lunch, and lunch will be provided.