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2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 2: Irrigation and Salinity Management

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


2020 Nutrient Management Conference Q&As – Session 1: Sampling Techniques and Analyses

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) presented their annual Nutrient Management Conference as a webinar October 28-29. This series of five blog posts links to each conference session and highlights the most common questions asked by the conference audience and presenters’ responses during the Q&A sessions. …


Now Accepting Proposals for 2021 Fertilizer Research and Education Program Grants

The California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is now accepting proposals for the 2021 grant cycle. FREP’s competitive grant program funds research that advances fertilization practices and minimizes environmental impacts of fertilizing materials.  The 2021 Request for Proposals (RFP) includes several initiatives put forth by the department to help effectively manage nitrogen fertilizers in agriculture.   This year’s …


Research Update: Soil Nitrate Quick Tests to Improve Nitrogen Fertilization in Strawberry Ranches

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) grants. Project Title: Promoting the adoption of soil nitrate quick tests by Spanish-speaking operators on strawberry ranches in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties Project Leader: Gerry Spinelli, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County Project …


Research Update: N management case studies: Utilizing N-rich reference zones in California small grain crops

Story from UC Small Grains Blog Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) grants. As the fall planting season begins, we’d like to share recently developed case studies detailing nitrogen (N) management actions and crop productivity outcomes in several small grain …


New Nitrogen Management Specialty Offered for California Certified Crop Advisors

In February 2021, there will be a new opportunity for California Certified Crop Advisors (CCAs) to add a Nitrogen Management Specialty to their certification. The California Nitrogen Management Specialty will be available from the American Society of Agronomy for CCAs looking to provide nitrogen management planning services to their clients, including certifying Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plans (INMP) for California …


Registration Now Open for 28TH Annual FREP/WPHA Nutrient Management Conference

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) announce registration is now open for their 28th annual nutrient management conference October 28-29. This year’s conference will be an online webinar. The conference brings together industry professionals and academic researchers to learn about and share the latest research …


Research Update: Benefits of CropManage for Optimum Irrigation and Nitrogen Management in Central Valley

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Grant Program. Project Title: Adapting CropManage Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Decision Support Tool for Central Valley Crops Project Leaders: Michael Cahn (UCCE), Patrick Brown (UCD), Allan Fulton (UCCE) Project Status: Complete (3-year …


Save the Date: 2020 FREP / WPHA Online Nutrient Management Conference

Every fall, the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) and the Western Plant Health Association (WPHA) host a nutrient management conference. The agenda focuses on the latest FREP-funded research projects and practical applications of fertilizing materials for agricultural production in California. This year’s conference will be held online October 28 & 29. The agenda for this year’s conference …


Research Update: Field assessments and workshops support irrigation and nutrient management training

Note: This is part of a Research Update series that highlights projects funded by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) Grant Program. Project Title: Training on Crop Management that Integrates Climate, Soil and Irrigation System Data to Minimize Nutrient Loss and Optimize Irrigation Efficiency Project Leaders: Trina Walley, East Stanislaus Resource Conservation District (ESRCD), …