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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
1
Thu
Cover Cropping in Nut Orchards
Mar 1 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Community Alliance with Family Farmers (GAFF)/ Farmers Guild, Solano RCD, and the Dixon RCD invite you a Cover Crop Field Day.

Focus: Information sharing among grower and technical advisers regarding cover crops in the eastern Solano County, with particular attention to soil health and water.

RSVP to Martha Mckeen for address and additional information

1 NM Grower CEU available

Oct
26
Fri
South Valley Nut Conference @ Tulare County Fairgrounds
Oct 26 @ 7:00 am – 1:30 pm

“Uncover new solutions and innovations for your orchards with our unique tradeshow.” The event includes equipment, exhibits, seminars and a free tri-tip lunch.

CCA Credits available: 2 Soil & Water Mgmt, 3 IPM, 1 Crop Mgmt, and 0.5 professional development

Nov
29
Thu
Vineyard Soil Health Workshops @ J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Nov 29 @ 4:24 pm – 5:24 pm

One Day, Two Locations! For more information visit: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/index.php?id=225

2.0 CCA CEUs Approved (1.0 Soil & Water, 1.0 Nutrient management)

 Cal Poly Healthy Soils Project 9:00am
The focus of the workshop will be on compost application in vineyards, but growers of any vine or tree crop are invited to attend. Presenters will discuss compost use from a variety of perspectives, and showcase the types of soil monitoring taking place at J. Lohr Vineyard as part of the three-year project. Growers interested in applying for their own Healthy Soils Program grant will be provided information about the application process for the incentives program.

 Upper Salinas-Las Tablas Resource Conservation District Healthy Soils Project 12:00pm

The USLTRCD will be presenting on different cover cropping and management decisions as well as demonstrating how a soil sample is taken. The discussion will also focus on the benefit of soil sampling and how PLFA testing may allow for a clearer understanding of the microbial communities that are the life of the soils we all need.

Feb
25
Mon
Principles of Fruit and Nut Tree Growth, Cropping, and Management @ University of California, Davis
Feb 25 – Mar 7 all-day

Registration for the 2018 UC Davis Extension Course: Principles of Fruit and Nut Tree Growth, Cropping and Management is now open.

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and University of California, Davis (UCD) Plant Sciences department are offering the annual two-week course from February 25th through March 7st, 2019 at UC Davis, CA.

Understanding the fundamentals of tree biology is essential to making sound orchard management and business decisions in the tree fruit and nut industry. However, access to educational courses on basic fruit and nut tree biology, and how it relates to horticultural practices, is limited. This course incorporates lecture, lab exercises, and field demonstrations to provide information on all aspects of basic plant biology and the relationship between plant biology and orchard management.

During the first week of the course (February 25 – March 1), leaders in tree crop research from the University of California will provide lectures on tree growth, development and pruning, dormancy and chilling, flowering, pollination and fruit set as well as many other topics critical to a solid understanding of fruit and nut orchard management. There will also be field excursions for hands-on field exercises and demonstrations.

The optional second week (March 4 – March 7) is a four day field tour throughout tree fruit and nut growing regions in Northern and Central California. The field tour includes visits to current UC experiments, processing facilities, and orchards in a wide range of tree fruit and nut crops.

This course is designed specifically for current tree fruit and nut growers and professionals and also for those with small acreage farms or new to the fruit and nut business.  Attendees will receive a certificate after completing the course.

The fee is $2,850 for the entire course (plus the lodging cost for the field trips), or $1,850 for the first week only.

Please visit the course website for more information on the program and our instructors, and to register. Please contact the Fruit and Nut Research Center at fruitsandnuts AT ucdavis.edu or 530-752-4279 or if you have any questions.”

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
31
Wed
Prune Breeding Program and Research Tour @ Wolfskill Exsperimental Orchards
Jul 31 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Oct
9
Wed
Spinach Field Day @ Seminis Research Station
Oct 9 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Spinach Field Day Sponsored by University of Arkansas,  California Leafy Greens Research Board, and Seminis Seed

For more information contact Jcorrell@uark.edu

Nov
14
Thu
OFAC Seminar @ Hillcrest Plaza, Yuba City
Nov 14 all-day

Agenda

  • 7:30 AM – 8:00 AM Registration/Coffee
  • 8:00 AM – 8:30 AM Understanding Organic Fertilizers
    Tim Stemwedel, California Organic Fertilizers
  • 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM Pest Management in Cannabis and Hemp
    Dr. Thomas Quick, Growmore
  • 9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Integrated Pest Management for Insects & Mites in Organic Almond and Walnut Production
    Emily J. Symmes, PhD, Sac Valley Area IPM Advisor; UCCE & State IPM Program
  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 10:45 AM – 11:15 AM Foliar Application Methods
    Andrew Pedersen, Brandt
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM Organic IPM in Field and Vegetable Crop Production
  • Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor
  • 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM LUNCH
  • 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Exhibitor Booth Demonstrations
  • 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Pesticide Safety and Violations
  • Scott Bowden, Sutter County Deputy Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer
  • 1:45 PM – 2:15 PM Sulphur Use in Organic Agriculture
    Wesley Haun, Tiger-Sul
  • 2:15 PM – 3:00 PM Grower Panel
West Hills College Coalinga Open Farm @ West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future
Nov 14 @ 8:30 am – 1:30 pm

Learn more about the work the West Hills College Coalinga Farm of the Future is doing to educate the next generation of agriculturalists. Topics include: Healthy soils, product application by drone, irrigation efficiency, hyperspectral soil sampling, and industrial. All agricultural industry leaders invited! Register at http://tiny.cc/openfarm

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