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

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
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
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