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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
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.

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
10
Wed
Cauliflower Irrigation Field Trial @ USDA ARS Spence Research Farm
Jul 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

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 cauliflower. This is an opportunity to see first-hand the effect of water management on cauliflower production under drip.

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. Cooperators include Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. and Wilbur Ellis.

Location: The trial site is indicated on the map below. Enter the ranch from the west side of Old Stage Rd. Drive past the reservoir and follow the signs. Turn right after the strawberry field. For more information call: Michael Cahn 831-759-7377

Aug
27
Tue
Madera County Irrigation Training Day @ Madera County FB
Aug 27 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Tuesday, August 27 from 8:00-10:00
Madera County Farm Bureau, 1102 S Pine St, Madera, CA 93637

 

Interested in learning more about how to use evapotranspiration, soil sensors, and the pressure chamber to improve your irrigation practices?  Want to learn how to irrigate better but don’t know where to start? Join us for an introductory irrigation training, where Phoebe Gordon (Orchard Crops) and Karl Lund (Vineyards) will teach you how to:

  • Convert hours irrigated into inches of water per acre
    Calculate your orchard or vineyard’s stored water
    Use ET to calculate the required water for your orchard or vineyard
    Use soil sensors to time irrigation sets
    Using the pressure bomb as a practice check or to manage reduced irrigation programs

Seats are limited, so registration is required (but free!).

Aug
28
Wed
Cover Cropping in Nut Orchards @ Davis Ranches
Aug 28 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come learn about cover crops from experienced growers and technical advisers at Davis Ranches in Colusa, with a focus on integrating cover crops into the management calendar and seed selection.

Topics covered and speakers will include:

• Benefits and tradeoffs of growing cover crops from experienced growers with Nick Edsall and Daniel Unruh
• Overview of CAFF’s cover crop in nuts project with Sara Tiffany (CAFF)
• How to integrate cover crops into the management calendar & annual reseeding cover crops with Janine Hasey (UC Cooperative Extension)
• Planning a cover crop – seed selection, lining up equipment, and deciding when to plant with Tom Johnson (Kamprath Seed)

Lunch and refreshments provided

Please come prepared with sunscreen and hats as we’ll be out in the field!

RSVP Required https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cover-cropping-in-nut-orchards-field-day-tickets-66966216757 

Oct
10
Thu
Using Compost in Tomato Systems @ Muller Ranch
Oct 10 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Workshop on choosing and applying compost correctly for your operation, to optimize benefits and yields.

About this Event

**CEUs offered**

Workshop will cover:

1) how to choose the right kind of compost for your operation,

2) how to set up a compost spreader,

3) how to calibrate a compost spreader to ensure you are applying the rate you intend,

4) tomato yield and soil health outcomes of compost incorporation.

Oct
15
Tue
Delta Corn and Small Grains Field Meeting @ Mello Farms
Oct 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on Tuesday, October 15th, from 10:00-11:30am, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below and attached. In addition to providing information on the annual corn variety trial, this year’s agenda includes presentations on nitrogen management for the upcoming small grains season. The attached version of the agenda 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!

Agenda:

10:00am         Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE

10:15am         Variety traits for the Delta: Seed company representatives

10:30am         In-Season Nitrogen Management in Wheat: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Sarah Light, UCCE

10:45am         In-Season Nitrogen Management in Malting Barley: Taylor Nelson, UC Davis

11:00am         Viewing of field plots

Nov
12
Tue
Tree, Vine, and Irrigation Workshop @ Madera County Farm Bureau
Nov 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

TREE,VINE & IRRIGATION WORKSHOP

November 12, 2019 8:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Please RSVP : www.maderafb.com Or by phone 559-674-8871 Refunds will not be issued for non-attendance or cancellations with less than 24 hours notice.

3.25 hours of CCA and Grower Nitrogen Management Continuing Education Units

Cost: $10 MCFB Members $25 Non-MCFB Members

AGENDA:

  • 8:00 A.M.- 8:30 A.M. XERCES/NRCS: COVER CROPPING FOR SOIL HEALTH
  • 8:35 a.m. -9:20 a.m. UCCE: ORCHARD NITROGEN TALK
  • 9:25 A.M.– 9:40A.M. UCCE: SALINITY MANAGEMENT
  • 9:45 A.M.-10:30 A.M. CENTER FOR IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY, CSUF: IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT TO CONTROL THE LEACHING OF NITROGEN
  • 10:35 A.M. – 11:20 A.M. UCCE: TECHNOLOGIES AND BASICS FOR VINEYARDS
  • 11:25 A.M. – 11:55 A.M. JAIN IRRIGATION: USING TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE NUTRIENT AND WATER MANAGEMENT
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
18
Tue
Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting @ Monterey County Agricultural Center
Feb 18 @ 7:45 am – 12:30 pm
  • 7:45         Registration (free)
  • 8:00          Best management practices for mitigating pesticides in run-off (Bryn Phillips, Toxicologist, UCD Granite Canyon Laboratory)
  • 8:30          Does evapotranspiration (ET) work? (Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 9:00         Effect of drip germination on topical N fertilizer applications  (Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops and Weed Science Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 9:30         Using weather-based irrigation scheduling for optimizing cauliflower production (Lee Johnson, Senior Research Scientist, NASA Ames Research Center-CSUMB)
  • 10:00       Break
  • 10:30        A minus R: Implications and challenges for Central Coast farming. (Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties)
  • 11:00        Treatment of reservoir and tail water for protecting food safety (Channah Rock, Associate Professor, University of Arizona)
  • 11:30        Organic fertilization of vegetables (Joji Muramoto, Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Santa Cruz)  
  • 12:00       Update on Salinas Valley ground water management
  • 12:30       Pizza Lunch

CCA & DPR CEUs will be available

More information: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=39097

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