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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.

Mar
6
Tue
CAPCA ED @ Wedgewood San Ramon Golf Club
Mar 6 @ 7:30 am – 3:00 pm

CAPCA Ed- San Ramon

Topics of interest:

Surface Water Protection Program (Aniela Burant, CDPR)

New and Revised Water Quality Grower Regulation and How they Relate to Pest and Crop Professionals (Terry Bechtel, CVRWQCB)

Apr
4
Wed
CAPCA Ed- Exeter @ Exeter Veterans Memorial Building
Apr 4 @ 8:00 am – 12:45 pm

CAPCA Ed meeting with large nutrient management focus. 4.5 CCA CEUs

Topics include:

Improving soil vitality and its importance in crop nutrition (Christopher Underwood, AgroLiquid)

Irrigation, sunblock spray, and canopy management on wine grapes (George Zhuang, UCCE)

The direct role of plant minerals in crop pest control (JW Lemons, AgroLiquid)

Manure nutrient management for SJV forage crops (Nicholas Clark, UCCE)

multiple almond field comparisons of NMP calculated N fertilizer rate and grower N schedule (Blake Sanden, UCCE)

 

Jun
6
Wed
Biochar Field Day @ Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility
Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration now open!

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is teaming up with the University of California, Davis to host a biochar field day to highlight current research and showcase resources available to interested stakeholders.

Participants will have a chance to explore the in-field opportunities that biochar has to offer, and hear innovative research on the characteristics and impacts of biochar in agriculture. In the afternoon, a panel discussion and poster session will provide participants with the opportunity to network and ask questions about biochar production, application and products.

Please join us Wednesday, June 6, from 8:00 am-1:30 pm

Event registration is $15 and includes a hay-ride tour of Russell Ranch, in-field presentations, a panel discussion, lunch and a poster session.

*Approved CCA CEUs: 1.5 Nutrient Management, 0.5 Soils and Water Management

 

For questions please contact Brooke Elliott at (916) 900-5022 or email FREP@cdfa.ca.gov

Biochar Field Day Agenda Expanded

Oct
18
Thu
Delta Corn Field Meeting @ Mello Farms, Tyler Island
Oct 18 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 10:00am to noon, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The attached version 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, SJC/Delta

10:15am         Variety traits for the Delta, Seed company representatives

10:30am         N stabilizer product trial in silage corn, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta

10:45am         Measuring the interaction between N demand and water use in irrigated corn, Taylor Becker and Mark  Lundy, UC Davis

11:00am         Viewing of field plots

Jan
6
Sun
Soil Science Society of America International Soils Meeting @ Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina
Jan 6 – Jan 9 all-day

The International Soils Meeting is one of the few gatherings that brings together scientific leaders from industry, government agencies, and academic institutions in one unique environment.

It’s the premiere opportunity for professionals working in the soil and environmentally related sciences to hear about the latest research, meet and learn from their peers, expand their knowledge base, and take advantage of an abundance of networking opportunities to enhance their career.

This year’s International Soils Meeting will feature many technical presentations, along with a host of networking events and award ceremonies. The exhibition displays the latest scientific equipment, supplies, services, and reference materials available.

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

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.

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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