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
Nickel’s Soil Lab Field Day @ Green Bay Road, Arbuckle
May 7 @ 8:30 am – 2:00 pm

The Nickels Soil Lab’s 2019 field day is set for May 7, with registration starting at 8:30 a.m. The event will be held at facility on Green Bay Road in Arbuckle.

Topics on the program include:

  • Walnut hedging for bot management.
  • Erosion management options.
  • Nematodes in walnuts/rootstock trial.
  • Nitrogen in Walnuts: What, When, Where & How Much?
  • Honey bee hive strength.
  • Evaluation of Independent Irrigation Management of Different Varieties within the Same Almond Orchard during Pre-Harvest and Post-Harvest Periods.
  • NOW management in almonds.
  • Postharvest nitrogen fertilization of almonds in the Sacramento Valley.

One hour of PCA CE credits has been requested and 2.5 hours of CCA CE credits have been approved.

May
9
Thu
Nitrogen Management Plan Grower Training @ Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:30 pm

Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions are offering training sessions for growers who want to certify their own Nitrogen Management Plans (NMP) for properties located in High Vulnerability areas. The training sessions are put on by Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) who have completed a curriculum training approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and University of California.

The grower trainings are 4-hour classes and participants will need to pass a test before they can sign off on their own NMP.

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
21
Tue
Nitrogen Management Plan Grower Training @ College Greens Building
May 21 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Central Valley Water Quality Coalitions are offering training sessions for growers who want to certify their own Nitrogen Management Plans (NMP) for properties located in High Vulnerability areas. The training sessions are put on by Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) who have completed a curriculum training approved by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) and University of California.

The grower trainings are 4-hour classes and participants will need to pass a test before they can sign off on their own NMP.

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
6
Tue
California Avocado Society Fertilizer and Irrigation Seminar @ Aug 6 (San Luis) Aug 7 (Ventura) Aug 8 (Fallbrook)
Aug 6 all-day
August Seminar Topic
Fertilizer and Irrigation
Ben Faber: Soils/Water/Subtropical Crops Advisor
Tim Spann: CAC Research Program Director

Dates/Times/Locations:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 669 County Square Dr., Ventura, CA 93003
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fallbrook Public Utility District Board Rm., 990 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Registration Required! 
Aug
7
Wed
California Avocado Society Fertilizer and Irrigation Seminar @ Aug 6 (San Luis) Aug 7 (Ventura) Aug 8 (Fallbrook)
Aug 7 all-day
August Seminar Topic
Fertilizer and Irrigation
Ben Faber: Soils/Water/Subtropical Crops Advisor
Tim Spann: CAC Research Program Director

Dates/Times/Locations:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 669 County Square Dr., Ventura, CA 93003
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fallbrook Public Utility District Board Rm., 990 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Registration Required! 
Aug
8
Thu
California Avocado Society Fertilizer and Irrigation Seminar @ Aug 6 (San Luis) Aug 7 (Ventura) Aug 8 (Fallbrook)
Aug 8 all-day
August Seminar Topic
Fertilizer and Irrigation
Ben Faber: Soils/Water/Subtropical Crops Advisor
Tim Spann: CAC Research Program Director

Dates/Times/Locations:

Tuesday, August 6, 2019, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Wednesday, August 7, 2019, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 669 County Square Dr., Ventura, CA 93003
Thursday, August 8, 2019, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fallbrook Public Utility District Board Rm., 990 East Mission Rd., Fallbrook, CA 92028
Registration Required! 
Nov
4
Mon
Nitrogen Management Reporting Workshop for Organic Production @ Norton Hall
Nov 4 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Monday, November 4, 2019 11-2 pm, lunch included

Norton Hall | 70 Cottonwood Street | Woodland, CA 95695 3 hours of CURES credits requested

No charge but RSVP required by October 31st Rsvp Here

Organic nitrogen management is particularly challenging because nitrogen from organic sources, such as compost, soil organic matter, cover crops, crop residue and soil amendments, must first be converted by microbes to become plant-available forms. Matching plant-available nitrogen to crop demand is necessary in order to provide sufficient nitrogen for optimal yields while reducing the risk of environmental pollution. Furthermore, nitrogen reporting requirements require information in plant-available nitrogen as opposed to total nitrogen applied. As a group, we will complete a comprehensive nitrogen budget, through which you will be given guidelines and calculations for estimating plant-available N. This will be directly translatable for use with your own compost, soil report results, amendments, etc. The last segment of the workshop will include an opportunity to work on your personal nitrogen budget and receive feedback from Margaret and Patricia. Participants are encouraged to bring information from their farm in order to use this information.
Instructors

Nov
8
Fri
Irrigation and Nitrogen Management CEU Workshop @ Kern Ag Pavillion
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Continuing Education Workshop
Friday, November 8, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kern Ag Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307

This workshop fulfills 3.5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) required to maintain the Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) Self-Certification. CEU certificates will be handed out to participants at the end of the workshop.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 4, 2019: Visit www.krwca.org and follow the link to the RSVP form or call (661) 616-6500 or email nbell@krwca.org.

Agenda:

  • 8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Understand Your Soil to Improve Irrigation and Nitrogen Management
    • Presenter: D. Ryan Dodd, CPSS, CCA, TSP, Soil Scientist/Agronomist, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
  • 9 – 10 a.m. Efficient Nitrogen Management
    • Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. The Importance of Distribution Uniformity in Irrigation Management
    • Presenter: Brian Hockett, District Manager, North West Kern Resource Conservation District
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Irrigation Management to Maximize Recovery of Applied Nitrogen into Crops
    • Presenter: Dr. John Dickey, Owner and Principal Soil Scientist and Agronomist, PlanTierra
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m. Current Status of Nitrogen Use Efficiency; Prospects for Improvement
    • Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra