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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.

Jan
11
Fri
Grower Appreciation Workshop @ Fruit Growers Laboratory, Inc
Jan 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Talks include:

  • Nutrient Management for Avocado and Citrus
  • IPM for Avocado and Citrus
  • SGMA Compliance and the Impact on Growers

CCA CEUs Available

  • CCA-01-Nutrient Management : 0.5
  • CCA-03-Integrated Pest Management : 0.5
  • CCA-10-Sustainability : 1

For more info contact Denis Barry at denisb@fglinc.com

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.

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
17
Mon
Irrigation System Evaluations Course @ Cal Poly and San Joaquin Valley
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day

Class Schedule

Online Class

  • Access begins upon registration (login information will be emailed to you).
  • Full course materials require about 10 hours to view.
  • Online exam is optional but required for 10 hours of Continuing Education credit.
  • Material is accessible for two months after on-site class

ISE Class I

  • Takes place at Cal Poly, SLO
  • 8:00 a.m. start time on Day 1 (Monday)
  • Ends 12:00 noon on Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Participants will be in SLO on Monday and Tuesday nights

ISE Class II

  • Takes place on-site at field trip locations
  • 1:00 p.m. start time on Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Ends 5:00 p.m. on Day 5 (Friday)
  • Participants will be at Harris Ranch on Wednesday and Thursday nights

 

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!).

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
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

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