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.

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

Jul
10
Wed
Cauliflower Irrigation Field Trial @ USDA ARS Spence Research Farm
Jul 10 @ 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

UC Cooperative Extension will host a field day at the USDA-ARS Spence research farm to show a field trial evaluating water use in drip irrigated cauliflower. This is an opportunity to see first-hand the effect of water management on cauliflower production under drip.

We will discuss using weather data for scheduling irrigations using the CropManage online tool, water application monitoring using flowmeters, soil moisture monitoring using tensiometers, and the feasibility of improving irrigation scheduling using satellite-based tools. This is a joint project among UC Cooperative Extension, CSU Monterey Bay, NASA-Ames, and the USDA-ARS. Cooperators include Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. and Wilbur Ellis.

Location: The trial site is indicated on the map below. Enter the ranch from the west side of Old Stage Rd. Drive past the reservoir and follow the signs. Turn right after the strawberry field. For more information call: Michael Cahn 831-759-7377

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
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
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
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.

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.