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.

Nov
15
Thu
Farmer Spotlight: Successful Cover Cropping on any Farm @ Norton Hall
Nov 15 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Join Jim Durst (Durst Organic Farms) and Eric Brennan (USDA) for an afternoon of conversation on the ins and outs of successful on-farm production and management of cover crops. The learning lab will be discussion based and potluck style and will be facilitated by Margaret Lloyd (UCCE Small Farms Advisor). We will explore a range of topics, including: the benefits of cover cropping, how to implement them into your specific farming operation, and the economics of implementing. Please bring a dish to share or simply join us for discussion.

Dec
12
Wed
Organic Grower Summit @ Monterey Conference Center
Dec 12 – Dec 13 all-day

Education sessions include “Scaling Up Healthy Soil Practices”, “Managing Organic Production and Plant Health” and others. For more details on the agenda and registration please  visit: https://www.organicgrowersummit.com/

Mar
12
Tue
Wheat Field Day
Mar 12 @ 8:30 am – 11:00 am

Wheat Field Day: Colusa County, CA

9:00 Welcome and the Nitrogen Opportunity

9:15 In season N decision making and how to create a N calibration zone in the field

9:30 Demo of soil nitrate quick test

9:45 Real time plant sensing using hand-held tools and drone imagery

10:00 interpreting field measurements and on farm decision making

10:15 grower perspective on N rich strips

10:30 UC Small grain variety testing program tools and updates

10:45 variety trial observation

Apr
24
Wed
Wheat and Barley Field Day
Apr 24 @ 8:45 am – 10:30 am
  • 8:45 a.m.     Registration, Coffee, and Donuts
  • 9:00 a.m.     Italian Ryegrass: Updates on Cultivation vs Herbicide Trials: resistance and methods for control
          • Konrad Mathesius, UCCE Agronomy Advisor, Yolo, Sacramento, and Solano
  • 9:15 a.m.     Herbicide Programs for Barley and Wheat: small grain herbicides and maximizing efficacy for control.
          • Lynn Sosnoskie, UCCE Agronomy Advisor, Merced County
  • 9:30 a.m.      Nitrogen Management in Malting Barley: yield and quality
          • Mark Lundy, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis
          • Taylor Nelsen, Assistant Specialist in Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
  • 9:45 a.m.      Nitrogen Rich Reference Zones and Tools for Nitrogen Management in Wheat
          • Mark Lundy, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis
  • 10:00 a.m.     Nitrate Test Strip Demonstration
          •  Konrad Mathesius, UCCE Agronomy Advisor, Yolo, Sacramento, and Solano
  •  10:15 a.m.    Statewide Wheat and Barley Variety Trial Updates 
          • Mark Lundy, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis
  •  10:30 a.m.     Adjourn

https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=29668 

CCA-01-Nutrient Management : 0.5
CCA-03-Integrated Pest Management : 0.5

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

Jul
2
Tue
Organic Fertilizer Seminar @ Residence Inn Oxnard River Ridge
Jul 2 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Save by purchasing your tickets in advance! Prices increase to $50 at the door.

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
  • 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM Ventura County Ag Commissioner Update
    • Ed Williams, Ventura County Agricultural Commissioner
  • 8:45 AM – 9:30 AM Cannabis Fertility Programs for Organic and Conventional Production
    • Thomas Quick, Growmore
  • 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Biological and Nutrient Efficiencies
    • Peter Aleman, BioGro
  • 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM BREAK
  • 10:15 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:30 AM Understanding Organic Fertilizers
    • Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers
  • 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM Best Management of Plant Diseases in Organic Production
    • Dr. Annemiek Schilder, Ventura County UCCE
  • 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM LUNCH
  • 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM Foliar Application Methods
    • Andrew Pederson, Brandt
  • 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Irrigation and Nutrient Management
    • Andre Biscaro, Ventura County UCCE
  • 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel
Jul
30
Tue
Organic Fertilizer Seminar @ CPDES Hall
Jul 30 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

Agenda Coming Soon! Check https://www.organicfertilizerassociation.org/seminars for more information and other dates/locations

Sep
19
Thu
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
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.
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