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.

Jun
6
Wed
Biochar Field Day @ Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility
Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration now open!

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is teaming up with the University of California, Davis to host a biochar field day to highlight current research and showcase resources available to interested stakeholders.

Participants will have a chance to explore the in-field opportunities that biochar has to offer, and hear innovative research on the characteristics and impacts of biochar in agriculture. In the afternoon, a panel discussion and poster session will provide participants with the opportunity to network and ask questions about biochar production, application and products.

Please join us Wednesday, June 6, from 8:00 am-1:30 pm

Event registration is $15 and includes a hay-ride tour of Russell Ranch, in-field presentations, a panel discussion, lunch and a poster session.

*Approved CCA CEUs: 1.5 Nutrient Management, 0.5 Soils and Water Management

 

For questions please contact Brooke Elliott at (916) 900-5022 or email FREP@cdfa.ca.gov

Biochar Field Day Agenda Expanded

Jun
25
Mon
Rice Production Workshop @ Lundberg Family Farms
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

UC Cooperative Extension will host a Rice Production Workshop on August 7, 2018 from 8:30am to 3:00pm at Lundberg Family Farms (5311 Midway, Richvale, CA 95974). The Rice Production Workshop is an in-depth workshop that covers the principles and practices of rice production. It is intended for those who are new to the rice industry or those who are looking to brush-up on their knowledge of the applied sciences of rice production. These workshops are generally hosted every two to three years. We ask for registration by August 1st, and the registration fee covers lunch, snacks, and a manual. Enrollment is limited to 75 people. We have applied for DPR and CCA continuing education credits. The agenda is below and in the attached flyer. Please contact your local farm advisor for more information.

Agenda:

8:30      Sign in, pick up class materials

9:00      Introduction and Workshop Overview

9:10      Rice Growth and Development

9:30      Land Formation, Water Management

9:50      Tillage, Planting and Stand Establishment

10:10    Break

10:30    Variety Selection

11:00    Invertebrates

11:30    Diseases

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Fertility

2:00      Weeds

3:00      Adjourn

Aug
22
Wed
Warm Season Cover Crops Field Day @ Lockeford Plant Materials Center
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

No registration required! Free Event.

10:00 Margaret SmitherKopperl, PMC Manager Welcome

10:05 Scott Park A Producers Experience with Warm Season Cover Crops

10:25 Valerie Bullard, PMC Agronomist Warm Season Cover Crops

10:50 Gill Costa, Sentek Technologies Moisture Sensors for Irrigation Water Monitoring

11:10 Michelle LeinefelderMiles and Brenna Aegerter, UC Extension Cover crops, Soil Health and Greenhouse Gas Study

11:30 Z. Kabir, NRCS Regional Soil Health Specialist Timing of Warm Season Cover Crops

11:45 Wendy Rash, District Conservationist NRCS Programs and Cover Crops

11:55 Margaret SmitherKopperl Conclusions and Questions

 

Aug
29
Wed
Rice Experiment Station Annual Field Day @ Rice Experiment Station
Aug 29 @ 7:30 am – 12:00 pm

The purpose of the rice field day is to give growers and others an opportunity to observe and discuss research in progress at the RES. Following is a brief outline of the program, more details to follow.

7:30-8:30am : Registration : Posters and Demonstrations

8:30-9:15am : General Session : CCRRF Annual Membership Meeting, Rice Research Trust Report, California Rice industry Award,

9:15-12:00pm: Field  Tours of Rice Research

12:00pm : Lunch

Jan
17
Thu
Annual Rice Growers Meeting
Jan 17 – Jan 22 all-day

Locations:

  • Richvale:   Thursday, Jan. 17, 8:30am, Evangelical Church, 5219 Church St., Richvale
  • Glenn:    Thursday, Jan. 17, 1:30pm, Glenn Pheasant Hall, 1522 Hwy 45, south of Glenn
  • Colusa: Friday, Jan. 18, 8:30am, Colusa Casino Resort, 3770 Hwy 45, Colusa
  • Marysville: Friday, Jan 18, 1:30pm, Yuba County Government Center, 915 8th St. Marysville
  • Woodland: Tuesday, Jan. 22, 8:30am, Cracchiolo’s Market, 1320 E. Main St. Woodland

 

TIME:

  • Doors open at 8:00 am and meetings start at 8:30 am at Richvale and Colusa.
  • Doors open at 1:00 pm and meetings start at 1:30 pm at Woodland, Glenn and Yuba City.

 

Program

  • 8:00 a.m. (1:00 p.m.) Doors open, sign‐in, coffee
  • 8:30 a.m. (1:30 p.m.) Call meeting to order
  • California Rice Commission Referendum – Tim Johnson, CRC
  • 8:50 a.m. (1:50 p.m.) Rice Research Board Nominations – Dana Dickey, Rice Research Board
  • 9:00 a.m. (2:00 p.m.) Rice Pesticide and Regulatory Update – County Ag Commissioner
  • 9:15 a.m. (2:15 p.m.) Weedy Rice and Emerging Weed Issues – Whitney Brim‐DeForest, UCCE
  • 9:35 a.m. (2:35 p.m.) Arthropod and Disease Update – Luis Espino, UCCE
  • 10:05 a.m. (3:05 p.m.) Season Review and Fertility Update – Bruce Linquist, UCCE
  • 10:35 a.m. (3:35 p.m.) Weed Control Update – Kassim Al‐Khatib, UCCE
  • 11:05 a.m. (4:05 p.m.) — ADJOURN —

 

****Applied for DPR and CCA CE credits****

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
22
Fri
Fava Bean Cover Crop Field Day @ Lundberg Family Farm
Mar 22 @ 9:45 am – 12:00 pm

Fava bean is an ancient food crop that is extensively grown and consumed around the world. In California, fava bean is largely grown as winter cover crop to protect the soil and add to soil nitrogen. In this field day event, several speakers will talk about the benefits and selection of cover crops for different cropping systems. We will also demonstrate a field trial that aims to identify fava bean genotypes with enhanced nitrogen fixation.

Agenda:

9:45 – Refreshment & Registration

10:00 – Welcome & Organic Rice Production – Jessica Lundberg, LFF

10:15 – Cover Crops in Annual Rotations – Sarah Light, UCCE Agronomy Advisor

10:30 – Fava bean Cover Crop in Ricelands – Dr. Jinguo Hu, ARS Pullman, Genetic Resources

10:45 – Selection of Warm & Cool Season Cover Crops – Margaret Smither-Kopperl, PMC

11:00 – Cover Crops in Orchards- Rory Crowley, Nicolaus Nut Company, Inc.

11:15 – Walking to the Field Trial

11:30 – Students Research Spotlight, Fava bean Benefits Potentials – Aaron Alvarez, Amanda Cox, Chloe Dugger, Miriam Pacheco

11:45 – Fava bean Nitrogen Fixation, Dr. Zakeri, CSU, Chico

Noon – Adjourn and Questions

All are welcome. There is no registration, but they would appreciate an email to Hossein Zakeri, hzakeri@csuchico.edu for a headcount. For more information, call 530-538-3500.

May
14
Tue
Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day @ Manzanita Berry Farms
May 14 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am
  • 08:00 Registration – No fee

    08:30 Regulatory update on pesticides and fumigation Lottie Martin, Deputy Ag Commissioner

    08:50 An overview of soil and water management for growing healthy strawberries Mark Battany, Water Management and Biometeorology Advisor, UCCE, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

    09:10 Nitrate leaching reduction in rainy winters by autumn application of high C:N ratio amendments Joji Muramoto, UC Santa Cruz

    09:30 Use of a summer cover crop as a partial carbon source for anaerobic soil disinfestation Joji Muramoto, UC Santa Cruz

    09:50 Effect of mulch film permeability on strawberry tolerance to herbicides Steve Fennimore, CE Specialist, Salinas

    10:10 Precision fumigation for managing weeds and soilborne pathogens in strawberry Oleg Daugovish, CE Advisor, UCCE, Ventura County

    10:30 Break

    10:45 Management of strawberry fruit and foliar diseases and aerial imagery for monitoring crop health Chris Greer, IPM Advisor, UCCE, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties

    11:05 Spider mite management in organic and conventional strawberries Dave Peck, Manzanita Berry Farms, Santa Maria

    11:25 Growing strawberries sustainably using the new IPM model Surendra Dara, Entomology and Biologicals Advisor, UCCE, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

    11:45 Sprayer Calibration Program Jason Sharrett & Kevin Tate, California Strawberry Commission

    12:05 Botrytis management strategies for 2019 Gerald Holmes, Director, Cal Poly Strawberry Center, San Luis Obispo

    12:25 Survey

    12:30 Lunch and adjourn

    Spanish interpretation will be provided. Thanks to Dave Peck, Manzanita Berry Farms for hosting the event.

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
28
Wed
Rice Field Day @ Rice Experiment Station
Aug 28 @ 7:30 am – 1:30 pm

The program includes the annual CCRRF meeting and the California Rice Industry Award, followed by field tours of rice research. Lunch ends the program.

Program Schedule

  • 7:30–8:30 a.m. — Registration
    • Posters and demonstrations
    • Rice equipment vendor display is being planned
  • 8:30–9:15 a.m. — General Session
    • CCRRF annual membership meeting
    • Rice Research Trust report
    • California Rice Industry Award
    • Posters and demonstrations
  • 9:30–noon — Field Tours of Rice Research
    • Rice variety improvement
    • Disease resistance
    • Insects and control
    • Weeds and control
  • Noon — Lunch
    • Posters and demonstrations