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
21
Thu
Almond Orchard Cover Crop Field Day
Mar 21 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join UCCE Merced and UC Davis for an informative field day about growing cover crops while maximizing their benefits in almond orchards. Machinery and seed mixes will be on exhibit.

Topics:
Soil Health and Soil Food Web
NOW Management
Bee Health and Habitat
Orchard Water Dynamics
Nematode Suppression
Weed Suppression

Flyer can be found HERE: https://tinyurl.com/yalkbx5u

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc3TSRggPDbAG1lx_gVyYJFyk8Xk-UlqnCNEiFXb8csnVc9Wg/viewform

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

Jun
24
Mon
Cover Crops and Soil Health @ CSU Chico University Farm
Jun 24 – Jun 25 all-day

Dr. Christine Jones, is a renowned and highly respected Soil Ecologist and Cover Crop Specialist. She has a wealth of experience working with innovative landholders to implement regenerative land management practices that enhance biodiversity, increase biological activity, sequester carbon, activate nutrient cycles, restore water balance, and improve crop productivity.

Dr. Jones joins us from Australia for a cover crops intensive focusing on carbon sequestration and regenerative soil practices. She has played a crucial role in the carbon credits program and regenerative agriculture efforts in Australia, and we are honored to have her featured in this intensive.

Additionally, we have gathered a panel of local innovative farmers to discuss practical application of cover crops for soil health. This will be followed by an open Q&A session to facilitate farmer-to-farmer learning.

Dr. David Johnson joins us on Day 2 for a hands-on workshop focusing on the construction, use, and testing of the Johnson-Su BEAM Compost Bioreactor. Attendees will get their hands dirty, so come dressed for field work.

Itinerary

June 24th – Monday

8:00–8:30am: Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30-8:45am: Welcome – Dr. Tim LaSalle, Co-Founder Center for Regenerative Agriculture, CSU Chico

8:45–10:15am: Part 1: A Fresh Look at Microbes with Dr. Christine Jones: Soil Ecologist; Soil Scientist; Cover Crop Specialist; Founder Amazing Carbon(opens in new window)

10:15-10:30am: Break

10:30–12:00pm: Part 2: The Extraordinary Power of Diversity – Dr. Christine Jones

12:00–1:00pm: Lunch

1:00–2:30pm: Farmer Cover Crop Panel – Economic evaluations: Moderated by Dr. Cindy Daley

  • Rory Crowley – Covers in Orchard Systems – Chico, CA
  • Clayton Handy – Covers in Orchard Systems – Corning, CA
  • Daniel Unruh – Covers in Orchard Systems – Colusa, CA
  • Mark Biaggi – Use of cover crops in rangeland – Pescadero, CA

2:30–3:00pm: Break

3:30–5:00pm: Part 3: The Nitrogen Dilemma – Dr. Christine Jones

5:00-7:00pm: Social Hour and Networking: Sierra Nevada Beer and Bertagna Wine; Sierra Nevada Cheese

June 25th – Tuesday – Bioreactor Workshop – Dr. David Johnson

8:30–9:30am: Overview of the process of constructing the BEAM Bioreactor

  • With an explanation of each step – critical steps – essentials for a good result
  • Where to test your BEAM – what the bioassay results should look like

9:30-11:30am: BEAM Bioreactor Workshop with David and Hui-chun Su Johnson

  • Come watch David and Hui-chun build a bio-reactor from scratch
  • Interactive hands-on workshop with the end result – a fully functioning BEAM bioreactor

To register via phone and pay at the door, text or call:

Priya Tuvell, MAgr., Program Manager
The Center for Regenerative Agriculture
925-768-8686

Aug
12
Mon
Fertigation Short Course @ Irrigation and Training Research Center
Aug 12 @ 7:30 am – 4:00 pm

This class will cover new techniques in the control and application of fertilizers through irrigation systems and strategies to conform with the intent of the new nitrogen regulations in California. Other topics include nitrogen fertilizers, challenges with phosphorus and potassium applications, growth enhancers, and organic-compliant ways to keep drip systems clean. Increasing yields per acre-foot of evapotranspiration (ET) through better fertility management will also be discussed.

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 

Sep
4
Wed
Soil Health and Cover Cropping Field Meeting @ Staten Island Grain Silos
Sep 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Agenda

  • 10:00am Welcome, Introductions, and Project Overview Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County
  • 10:20am “Lightning Talks” Brief presentations from organizations working on cover cropping and soil health
    • Cool Season Cover Cropping: Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, UCCE
    • Cover Cropping Survey: Ben Weise, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District
    • Climate Smart Farming Program: Sara Tiffany, Community Alliance with Family Farmers Cover
    • Cropping Incentive Programs: Sonya Miller, USDA-NRCS San Joaquin County
    • Summer Cover Crop Options: Valerie Bullard and Margaret Smither-Kopperl, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center
  • 10:45am Caravan to field site
  • 11:00am Warm Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta – Preliminary Results from Year 1 Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE
  • 11:15am Viewing of plot
  • 11:45am Wrap-up and Evaluations
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
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
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.