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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.

Apr
5
Thu
Cover Crop Field Workshop
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Do you have questions on timing and methods for incorporating cover crop residue back into your soil? Or how to manage a cover crop through the spring and summer months?

Join the UC Cooperative Extension, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County, USDA Agricultural Research Service, and Pajaro Valley growers at a cover crop field workshop. There you will share ideas with other growers and cover crop researchers on the benefits, challenges, and management strategies for including cover crop in many different production scenarios, including:

• Covered fallow rotations

• Management of cover crop in the spring and summer

• Cover cropping in the furrows in strawberry and vegetable systems

 

 

 

Oct
10
Wed
Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program Stakeholder Meeting @ Stanislaus County Farm Bureau
Oct 10 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Goal: Provide open forum for communication between Water Board staff, agricultural coalitions, environmental justice groups, and other interested parties in Central Valley Region

1. Introductions/Agenda Review

2. Updates: Objective: Receive concise updates (5 minutes) from following entities

a) Central Valley Water Board

b) State Water Board

c) California Department of Food and Agriculture

d) Central Valley Agricultural Coalitions

e) Environmental Justice Groups

3. No-host Lunch (10 minutes break to obtain reserved lunch, please RSVP in advance)

4. Lunch Discussion – Status Updates on Implementation of New Requirements from the Eastern San Joaquin Petition Order: Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan Template, INMP Summary Report Template, On-Farm Drinking Water Well Notification Template and outreach materials, ILRP General Order updates, etc.

5. Open Discussion

6. Next Meeting/Action Items

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

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
17
Mon
Irrigation System Evaluations Course @ Cal Poly and San Joaquin Valley
Jun 17 – Jun 21 all-day

Class Schedule

Online Class

  • Access begins upon registration (login information will be emailed to you).
  • Full course materials require about 10 hours to view.
  • Online exam is optional but required for 10 hours of Continuing Education credit.
  • Material is accessible for two months after on-site class

ISE Class I

  • Takes place at Cal Poly, SLO
  • 8:00 a.m. start time on Day 1 (Monday)
  • Ends 12:00 noon on Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Participants will be in SLO on Monday and Tuesday nights

ISE Class II

  • Takes place on-site at field trip locations
  • 1:00 p.m. start time on Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Ends 5:00 p.m. on Day 5 (Friday)
  • Participants will be at Harris Ranch on Wednesday and Thursday nights

 

Oct
24
Thu
Kern County Ag Day @ Kern County Fairgrounds
Oct 24 @ 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
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
8
Fri
Irrigation and Nitrogen Management CEU Workshop @ Kern Ag Pavillion
Nov 8 @ 8:30 am – 12:00 pm

Nitrogen and Irrigation Management Continuing Education Workshop
Friday, November 8, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Kern Ag Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace, Bakersfield, CA 93307

This workshop fulfills 3.5 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) required to maintain the Nitrogen Management Plan (NMP) Self-Certification. CEU certificates will be handed out to participants at the end of the workshop.

Please RSVP by Monday, November 4, 2019: Visit www.krwca.org and follow the link to the RSVP form or call (661) 616-6500 or email nbell@krwca.org.

Agenda:

  • 8 – 8:30 a.m. Registration/Check-In
  • 8:30 – 9 a.m. Understand Your Soil to Improve Irrigation and Nitrogen Management
    • Presenter: D. Ryan Dodd, CPSS, CCA, TSP, Soil Scientist/Agronomist, Provost & Pritchard Consulting Group
  • 9 – 10 a.m. Efficient Nitrogen Management
    • Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra
  • 10 – 10:30 a.m. The Importance of Distribution Uniformity in Irrigation Management
    • Presenter: Brian Hockett, District Manager, North West Kern Resource Conservation District
  • 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Irrigation Management to Maximize Recovery of Applied Nitrogen into Crops
    • Presenter: Dr. John Dickey, Owner and Principal Soil Scientist and Agronomist, PlanTierra
  • 11:30 – 12 p.m. Current Status of Nitrogen Use Efficiency; Prospects for Improvement
    • Presenter: Dr. Tim Hartz, Agronomist, PlanTierra

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