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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.

Nov
14
Thu
West Hills College Coalinga Open Farm @ West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future
Nov 14 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn more about the work the West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future is doing to educate the next generation of agriculturalists. Topics include: Healthy soils, product application by drone, irrigation efficiency, hyperspectral soil sampling, and industrial. All agricultural industry leaders invited! Register at http://tiny.cc/openfarm

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

Nitrogen Management Grower CEU Workshop @ Yolo County Farm Bureau
Nov 20 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 8:00-12:00PM

Class size is limited to 65 participants. Cost: No Charge 3.5 Grower CEUs 

RSVP Deadline: November 13, 2019

Agenda:

  • Nitrogen Decision Making
    • Daniel Geisseler, Assistant Specialist in CE, University of California,
  • Irrigation At Season’s End
    • Tom Devol, Sr. Manager, Field Outreach and Education, Almond Board of California
  • Basic Principles of Nitrogen Appliction in Orchards
    • Katherine Jarvis-Shean, Orchard Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
  • Nitrogen Management in Key Yolo County Crops
    • Konrad Peter Mathesius, Agronomy Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
Dec
5
Thu
Cover Crop Field Day @ River Garden Farms, Knights Landing, CA
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open to Farmers and Private Landowners who are actively engaged in crop or livestock production.
Join us for a Field Day and Farm Tour at River Garden Farms! Improving soil health can increase crop yield, attract beneficial insects, and lower your bottom line. Cover crops do all this and contribute to greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Come, learn the ins and outs of cover cropping!

FEATURED TOPICS

  • COVER CROPS are an amazing alternative to leaving your field fallow after harvest. Often applied as a mix of different plant seeds, cover crops help return N to the soil and reduce the amount of synthetic fertilizer needed
  • NITROGEN MANAGEMENT changes when you install a cover crop. Learn how to estimate how much nitrogen is returning to the soil from the cover crop and incorporate that into your nitrogen budget.
  • PEST CONTROL including using non-chemical methods in annual cropping systems with an emphasis on rice systems

FEATURED SPEAKERS

  • Dominic Bruno, River Garden Farms
  • Scott Park, Park Farm Organics
  • Tom Johnson, Kamprath Seed Company
  • Wendy Rash, Solano NRCS
  • Whitney Brim-DeForest, UCCE Sutter/Yuba

 

The 2017 Healthy Soils Demonstration Project is funded by Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds and is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work reducing GHG emissions, strengthening the economy, and improving public health and the environment.

Dec
12
Thu
Annual Fall Desert Crops Workshop @ Imperial, CA
Dec 12 @ 7:00 am – 12:15 pm
Annual Fall Desert Crops Workshop
Farm Credit Services Southwest Ag Center Room
485 Business Park Way
Imperial, CA 92251
Contact: Ali Montazar or Oli Bachie – (442) 265-7700
Sponsor: UCCE – Imperial County
Details:

Registration begins at 7:00 am.  You can also register via email at aiestrada@ucanr.edu.

More information and CEUs to come.

Jan
10
Fri
California Walnut Conference @ Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
Jan 10 @ 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

Details

January 10, 2020, 7:00 am – 2:30 pm

Venue
Yuba-Sutter Fairgrounds
442 Franklin Ave
Yuba City, CA 95991 United States + Google Map

CE Hours

DPR: 4
CCA: 4.5

Feb
4
Tue
Plant and Soil Conference @ Doubletree Hotel Fresno, CA
Feb 4 – Feb 5 all-day

California Plant and Soil Conference
February 4-5, 2020
DoubleTree Hotel & Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, CA 93721
Tel: 559-268-1000.  http://calasa.ucdavis.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

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

Mar
3
Tue
Nitrogen Management Training for Certified Crop Advisers @ Wedgewood Weddings Fresno
Mar 3 @ 8:00 am – Mar 4 @ 12:00 pm

After six years of providing in-person Nitrogen Management Certification training, stakeholders have been in discussions to find an avenue to help new CCAs qualify to sign off on the Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP).  Limitations on the number of training opportunities and attendees has led the group to approach online learning and testing options to issue Nitrogen Management Certification after the March 2020 training.  The March 2020 Nitrogen Management Certification in Fresno will be the final training available before the new Certification program goes into effect.

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