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
9
Wed
Strawberry Field Day @ Manzanita Berry Farms
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Annual Santa Maria Strawberry Field Day.

Topics of interest include:

Biological and synthetic nutrients and amendments to improve strawberry health and yield (Surendra Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor)

Opportunities and challenges in growing tabletop strawberries (Dave Akahoshi, Plan Berries)

Field production of strawberries: a grower’s perspective (Dave Peck, Manzanita Berry Farms)

For more information on the event visit the registration page or see the full agenda.

Feb
12
Tue
Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries Short Course @ University of California Agricultural Center
Feb 12 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

This short course will focus on the practical aspects of organic soil fertility management for fast-maturing leafy green vegetables and long-season strawberry production.

Topics will focus on the contribution of various sources of nitrogen for crop production, including mineralization from soil organic matter, release of inorganic nitrogen from organic fertilizers and composts, and the contribution of prior crop residues, cover crops, and irrigation water.

Growers, consultants, and those involved in organic soil fertility management will find this course valuable.

Flyer and registration form: http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/files/293316.pdf

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

Jun
12
Wed
Strawberry Nitrogen Management Field Day @ Crisalida Berry Farms
Jun 12 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Learn how different nitrogen fertilizer rates and sources affect strawberry yield, fruit quality and shelf-life

  • Visualize treatments effects on plots and discuss results
  • 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU) applied for Certified Crop Advisers (CCA)
  • Simultaneous Spanish translation available

Registration is free; please register here: http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=27652

Jul
18
Thu
Cal Poly Strawberry Field Day @ Cal Poly Strawberry Center
Jul 18 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Cal Poly Strawberry Center Field Day 2019


Thursday, July 18, 2019

7:00-8:30 AM – Registration (coffee & pastries will be served)

8:30-8:45 AM – Welcome and Introductions

8:55 AM – 12:30 PM – Rotating sessions and breaks

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Lunch provided

Simultaneous Spanish translation will be provided

This program was approved by CDPR for 3 hours of continuing education units


Presented by:

Andy Thulin, Dean, College of Agriculture, Food & Environmental Sciences

Rick Tomlinson, President, California Strawberry Commission

Gerald Holmes, Director, Cal Poly Strawberry Center

Peter W. Shearer, Entomologist, Cal Poly Strawberry Center

John Lin, Manager of Production Automation, Cal Poly Strawberry Center

Shashika Hewavitharana, Plant Pathologist, Cal Poly Strawberry Center

California Strawberry Commission Staff, California Strawberry Commission


Discussion Topics: Coming Soon

Oct
11
Fri
Tailgate on Nitrogen Management for Strawberry Growers @ Ramos Farms
Oct 11 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Join us on this educational and social event to exchange knowledge and experience about nitrogen management in strawberry production on the central coast, while sharing a tasty seafood platter with fellow strawberry growers!

When: Friday October 11th, 10:30am – 1:00pm Where: 880 Airport Blvd Watsonville (Ramos Farms)

Hosted by RCD of Santa Cruz County, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), and Ramos Farms
FREE admission, Please RSVP: (831) 224-0293

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