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
7
Tue
Organic Fertilizer Seminar @ Salinas Sports Complex
May 7 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm
  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Monterey County Ag Commissioner Update -Henry Gonzales, Monterey County Agricultural Commissioner
  • 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Pest Management in Cannabis Production -Dr. Thomas Quick, Growmore
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Weed Control Practices in Organic Vegetable Production -Richard Smith, UCCE Monterey County
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Soil Health in Organic Production -Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Humics in Organic Production -Peter Aleman, BioGro
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Foliar Application Methods -Andrew Pederson, Brandt
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Sulfur Use in Organic Agriculture -Wesley Haun, Tiger-Sul
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel

Save by purchasing your tickets in advance! Prices increase to $50 at the door.

DPR Credits:

1 hour laws and regs
3 hours other

CCA Approved CEUs:
Nutrient Management: 1.5
Soil & Water Management: 0.5
Integrated Pest Management: 0.5
Crop Management: 1.5
Professional Development: 0.5
Manure Management: 0
Sustainability: 1.5
Precision Ag: 0

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.

May
22
Wed
CropManage Workshop @ UCCE Ventura County
May 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

What? 

CropManage is a free online decision support tool for water and nutrient management of coastal crops.  Based on in-depth research and field studies conducted by the University of California, CropManage provides real-time recommendations for efficient irrigation and fertilization applications— while maintaining or improving overall yield.

  • Learn how to use CropManage to support irrigation and nutrient management decisions and record-keeping
  • Learn about the latest updates to CropManage – also available in Spanish

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.

Crops currently supported by CropManage in Ventura County include strawberry and celery. CropManage also includes raspberry, head, romaine, and leaf lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bell pepper, processing tomato, spinach, baby lettuce, cilantro and mizuna.  The software is currently being adapted for tree crops and alfalfa.

Who should participate? Vegetable and berry growers, ranch managers, other farm staff, and technical service providers are welcome. The workshop is for both new and current CropManage users.

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.  Each participant will need a user account for CropManage. Please set up a free user account at cropmanage.ucanr.edu before the workshop.

Registration is free: Please register by May 17 by replying to this email.

Questions: Andre Biscaro at asbiscaro@ucanr.edu or 805-645-1465.

AGENDA
1:00 – 1:30 Registration and computer set-up
1:30 – 3:00 Getting started with CropManage
3:00 BREAK
3:15 – 4:00 Strategies for using CropManage for decision support and record-keeping
4:00 – 4:20 Advanced features and interfacing sensors with CropManage
4:20 – 4:30 Discussion of new features or changes needed

2.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) applied for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA)

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

Jun
25
Tue
Addressing Almond Production Challenges @ Tulare International Agri-Center Heritage Room
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tulare International Agri-Center Heritage Room

4500 South Laspina Street, Tulare

11:00 am until 1:00 pm, Lunch will be Served

*PCA & CCA hours available*

 

Agenda

  • “Epidemiology and Management of Almond Hull Rot”
    • Dr. James Adaskaveg, Professor and Plant Pathologist, UC Riverside
  • “Plant Stress & Fertility Needs at Hull Split & Postharvest”
    • Jared Sannar, PCA, CCA Redox Agronomist
  • “Update on Ganoderma Butt Rot”
    • Bob Johnson, UC Davis Plant Pathology PhD Candidate
  • “Mitigating Disease Pressure with Nutrition”
    • Jim White, PCA, CCA Soil Basics Agronomist

 

Aug
12
Mon
Fertigation Short Course @ Irrigation and Training Research Center
Aug 12 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

This class will cover new techniques in the control and application of fertilizers through irrigation systems and strategies to conform with the intent of the new nitrogen regulations in California. Other topics include nitrogen fertilizers, challenges with phosphorus and potassium applications, growth enhancers, and organic-compliant ways to keep drip systems clean. Increasing yields per acre-foot of evapotranspiration (ET) through better fertility management will also be discussed.

Sep
19
Thu
Alfalfa and Forage Field Day @ UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Sep 19 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm

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.

Oct
24
Thu
Kern County Ag Day @ Kern County Fairgrounds
Oct 24 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
Oct
28
Mon
FREP/WPHA Nutrient Management Conference @ DoubleTree Hilton Hotel
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 12:00 pm

Conference logoFor over 25 years, FREP has presented its pioneering fertilizer research at annual conferences. Since 2007, FREP has collaborated with the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) to create a conference that balances technical research with discussion on practical application. Presenters from academia, industry, and agricultural consulting provide general and technical information, current research and data, and practical applications addressing statewide and regional nutrient management issues.

October 28
1:00-4:00 PM – Central Valley Farm Tour

October 29
9:00 AM-4:45 PM – Presentations, including a panel discussion and breakout sessions
4:45-6:00 PM – Poster Session (We are currently accepting submissions. See the Poster_Guidelines.)

October 30
8:15 AM-12:00 PM – Presentations

See the full 2019 Conference Agenda.

Reserve conference-rate hotel rooms at http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/F/FATCCDT-WPH-20191028/index.jhtml

Nov
3
Sun
CAPCA Nitrogen Management Update @ Grand Sierra Resort
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 11:45 am

Nitrogen Management Update 

November 3, 2019 8:30 – 11:45 AM
$100 registration for meeting only, $75 registration fee when combined with CAPCA Conference Registration
Register now at capca.com/conference

Topics include:

  • nutrient management strategies for sorghum
  • nitrogen forms and formulations in sustainable nutrient management
  • building soil health on-farm: a case study of warm-season legume cover cropping
  • research advances in nitrogen management of California fruit and nut crops