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
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.

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! 
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.

Feeding Beets on California Dairy Farms @ Kearney Ag Center
Sep 19 @ 12:15 pm – 3:45 pm

What this meeting will cover: The use of sugar beets as a winter forage crop on dairies in the San Joaquin Valley. Sugar beets were planted in late October in 2018 on the Legacy Dairy near Pixley, California. They were harvested in late June and co-ensiled with almond hulls. Root yields approached 60 tons per acre fresh weight. Beets are used commonly as feed in Arizona, where winter production is the most efficient way to produce large amounts of highly digestible, high energy forage with minimal amounts of water. They have similar potential for dairy farmers in the San Joaquin Valley.

What we will talk about: This meeting will present results from the feed beet project at the Legacy Dairy including growing the crop and yields, general sugar beet production guidelines for dairy farms, forage yields and quality, making silage, and how to feed sugar beet forage to high producing dairy cows.

Who should come? Dairymen, dairy nutritionists, and crop advisors working with dairy producers.

Agenda
12:15 p.m. Lunch

  • 1:15 Welcome and Introduction – Nick Clark, UCCE Tulare County
  • 1:30 Growing Sugar Beets on Dairy Farms: The Basics – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist; Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 2:00 Silage Making and Silage Quality – Peter Robinson (tentative) – Animal Sciences, UC Davis
  • 2:30 Results from the Legacy Dairy: Yields, Growing and Harvesting Methods, Making silage – Frank Fernandes, Gene Aksland, Steve Kaffka, Legacy Dairy, Consulting Agronomist, & UC Davis
  • 3:00 Experiences with Growing and Feeding Beets in Arizona – Niles Jennet, Consulting Nutritionist, Arizona
  • 3:30 Seed Sources and Other Useful Information – Steve Kaffka, Extension Specialist, Plant Sciences – UC Davis
  • 3:45 Adjourn
Nov
19
Tue
Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium @ Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV
Nov 19 – Nov 21 all-day

What is the Alfalfa Symposium?
The Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is a comprehensive program on the many issues facing alfalfa and forage crops.  Forages represent a major component of western farming and impact many other enterprises such as dairy farming, beef production, sheep, goats, as well as honey, agricultural industries and environmental issues.  This symposium covers topics ranging from economics and markets, regulatory trends, industry issues, pest management, forage quality, irrigation, genetics to impacts and the environment.  The symposium is a “must” for anyone interested in these important crops.

Organizational Process
The 2019 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium is organized by University Cooperative Extension Services of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, in cooperation with grower members of the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.  The symposium is currently in its 49th year, and is hosted by the California Alfalfa & Forage Association, representing thousands of California forage growers.

Who Should Attend?
Farmers, Pest Control Advisors, Certified Crop Advisors, industry members, agency representatives, Cooperative Extension personnel, and anyone who wishes to be informed about important issues related to alfalfa and forages.

Jan
10
Fri
SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting @ Robert Cabral Agricultural Center, Stockton
Jan 10 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

UC Cooperative Extension will host the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Agenda

  • 8:15am     Delta Rice Update: Armyworms, Herbicide Trial, Weedy Rice, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE San Joaquin/Delta Counties
  • 8:45am     Regulatory Update, Tim Pelican, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner
  • 9:00am     Alfalfa Weevil Insecticide Resistance, Madison Hendrick, UC Davis
  • 9:15am     Benefits of Alfalfa in Crop Rotations, Nicole Tautges, UC Davis
  • 9:45am     IPM in Organic Field and Vegetable Crop Production, Rachael Long, UCCE Yolo/Sacramento/Solano Counties
  • 10:15am   Break
  • 10:30am   Observations and Pest Issues with CBD Hemp Experiments in California, Dan Putnam, UC Davis
  • 11:00am   Fertilizing Corn and Wheat with Manure: Research Results, Nick Clark, UCCE Fresno/Tulare/Kings Counties
  • 11:30am   Warm-Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties
  • 12:00pm   Evaluations and Adjourn

We have submitted applications for continuing education for pesticide licensing and certified crop advisors. We have also submitted an application for nitrogen management continuing education, which would help to satisfy growers’ continuing education requirement for the Irrigated Lands Program. Applications are pending.

Our programs are open to all potential participants. If you require special accommodations, please contact UCCE San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100. I wish you a happy holiday season, and I hope to see you at the meeting in the new year.