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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.

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

Apr
3
Wed
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 3 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
4
Thu
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

Apr
5
Fri
Conservation Burning and Biochar Production Workshop @ Lompoc (3rd), Paso Robles (4th), Soledad (5th)
Apr 5 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

3 one-day workshops on the practice of conservation burning and biochar production, using a cleaner, open agricultural burn technique.

Replanting of vineyards and burning of old vine material is a common practice by growers. By replacing conventional open burn methods with the conservation burn it is possible to reduce emissions from agricultural burns in your community while also conserving a portion of the carbon contained in the vines.

Attendees will learn how to save the carbon, also known as biochar, which can be used as a soil amendment and for many other applications including water filtration and pollution remediation. The workshop features both hands-on and classroom training. The morning classroom session will focus on the conservation burn technique, followed by a live burning demonstration in the field. This course will include the scientific theory behind the burning process, safety and permitting considerations, pile construction, burn management, maximizing production of biochar, along with other on-farm methods of biochar production.

Speakers: Raymond Baltar, Sonoma Biochar Initiative

Dates & Locations

  • April 3: Sea Smoke Vineyard: 50 Mail Rd. Lompoc, CA
  • April 4: J. Lohr Vineyard: 6169 Airport Rd. Paso Robles, CA
  • April 5: Ste. Phillipe Vineyard: 105 Los Coches Rd. Soledad, CA

 Free for Members / $30.00 for Non-Members

4.0 CCA CEU credits approved for (3.0 Soil & Water Management; 1.0 Crop Management).

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
31
Wed
Prune Breeding Program and Research Tour @ Wolfskill Exsperimental Orchards
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
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
Oct
11
Fri
Tailgate on Nitrogen Management for Strawberry Growers @ Ramos Farms
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on this educational and social event to exchange knowledge and experience about nitrogen management in strawberry production on the central coast, while sharing a tasty seafood platter with fellow strawberry growers!

When: Friday October 11th, 10:30am – 1:00pm Where: 880 Airport Blvd Watsonville (Ramos Farms)

Hosted by RCD of Santa Cruz County, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), and Ramos Farms
FREE admission, Please RSVP: (831) 224-0293

Nov
20
Wed
CropManage Workshop @ UCCE Auditorium Watsonville
Nov 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

At this free workshop, we will provide hands-on training so that you can learn to use the newest version of CropManage which has been updated to be more compatible for in-field use by farm staff.

CropManage is now available in Spanish. Spanish interpretation will be available at the workshop.

Central Coast Crops currently supported by CropManage include strawberry, head, romaine, leaf, and baby lettuce, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, cilantro, mizuna, bell peppers, raspberry, spinach, and tomato.

What to bring: This is a participatory workshop. Please bring a tablet or laptop computer so that you can follow along and participate in the exercises. If you do not have an account for using CropManage, please set up a free account before the workshop at the website: cropmanage.ucanr.edu.

AGENDA (subject to change)

8:00 – 8:30             Registration and computer set-up

8:30 – 10:15           Getting started and updates on CropManage

10:15                       BREAK

10:30 – 11:15        Strategies for using CropManage for decision support and record-keeping

11:15- 11:45          Advanced features and interfacing sensors with CropManage

11:45-12:00           Discussion of new features or changes needed

RSVP at: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=28685 or valperez@ucanr.edu

Feb
19
Wed
Healthy Soils and Field Crops Meeting @ Yuba City
Feb 19 @ 8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Ag Building Meeting Room, 142 Garden Highway, Yuba City

Wednesday, February 19, 2020 ~ 8:45am – Noon

8:45 am     Coffee and Registration

8:55 am     Welcome

Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa Counties

9:00 am     CDFA Healthy Soils Program Overview, 2020 Funding, and UC Technical Assistance

Emily Lovell and Dana Brady, UCCE Climate Smart Agriculture Program Specialists

Update on UCCE Healthy Soils Projects in the Region

Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa Counties

Nitrogen Availability from Soil Organic Matter and Organic Amendments

Daniel Geisseler, UCCE Nutrient Management Specialist 

Soil Health Benefits of Alfalfa in Crop Rotations

Nicole Tautges, Chief Scientist, Russell Ranch Sustainable Ag Facility 

10:20 am   Break

10:30 am   Agronomic strategies to improve pest management in field crops

Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor, Yolo, Sacramento, Solano Counties

11:00 am   Regulatory Update: Top 10 Violations

Scott Bowden, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Sutter County

11:30 am   Sutter County Hemp Update

Nicolas Oliver, Assistant Agricultural Commissioner, Sutter County 

UC Hemp Research Update

Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter, Yuba, Colusa Counties

12:00 am   Evaluation and Adjourn

 

Meeting Sponsored by: University of California Cooperative Extension, Sutter-Yuba Counties

Co-Sponsored by: Sutter County Agricultural Department

 

PCA and Private Applicator Credit—1.25 hours pending

CCA Credit—3 hours pending

Irrigated Lands Program Nitrogen Management Credit—1 hour pending

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