- Whole almond orchard recycling and the effect on second generation tree growth, yield, and fertility.
- Long-term impacts of whole orchard recycling on soil properties and tree resilience to water stress.
- Soil health and carbon sequestration potential of orchard recycling.
- California Orchard Removal and Grinding demonstration
UC Cooperative Extension will host a field day at the USDA-ARS Spence research farm to
show a field trial evaluating water use in drip irrigated celery. This is an opportunity to see firsthand
the effect of water management on celery growth. We will discuss using weather data for
scheduling irrigations using the CropManage online tool, water application monitoring using
flowmeters, soil moisture monitoring using tensiometers, and the feasibility of improving
irrigation scheduling using satellite-based tools. This is a joint project among UC Cooperative
Extension, CSU Monterey Bay, NASA-Ames, and the USDA-ARS. The project is funded
through the USDA-Specialty Crop Grant Program, administered through CDFA. Cooperators
include Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc., and Wilbur Ellis.
Location: The trial is located in a field adjacent to Spence Rd. Enter the ranch from the west
side of Old Stage Rd. Turn right at the water reservoir and drive to the end of the road.
For more info. call: Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor: 831-759-7377
UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on Thursday, October 18, 2018, from 10:00am to noon, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The attached version includes a map and directions to the field site. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field!
10:00am Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta
10:15am Variety traits for the Delta, Seed company representatives
10:30am N stabilizer product trial in silage corn, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta
10:45am Measuring the interaction between N demand and water use in irrigated corn, Taylor Becker and Mark Lundy, UC Davis
11:00am Viewing of field plots
This year’s conference agenda includes information on nitrogen and irrigation management, as well as micronutrients, drone technology, pest management, cannabis fertilization, grower decision making processes, and more. A poster session will showcase ongoing research projects across California.
A pre-conference farm tour highlighting efficient management practices will be held on October 22, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM. The tour will depart from Embassy Suites in Seaside, and attendees are scheduled to visit Huntington Farms and Tanimura & Antle. The tour will focus on the farms’ efforts to implement best management practices for nutrients and irrigation. The farm tour registration is an additional $25.
Registration fees are $220 for both days; students pay $130 for both days. Continuing education units (CEUs) for Certified Crop Advisers, Pest Control Advisers, and Central Valley growers will be posted.
To view the agenda, register online, and see the approved CEUs, please visit the conference website: www.cdfa.ca.gov/IS/ffldrs/frep/FREPConference.html.
Full agenda and additional information can be seen HERE
7:45-8:30 Welcome and Registration
8:30-8:50 Labor Work Force Support -Jesse F. Duron, Execute Director CITA H-2A Services & Resources
8:50-9:25 Nutrient management – Laura Murphy, Soil Scientist, Monterey RCD
9:25-10:00 Maintenance for Irrigation Optimum Efficiency – Sergio Campos, Agricultural Engineer-USDA NRCS
10:10-10:45 Soil Health and Cover Crops – Martin Guerena, Sustainable Ag Specialist with NCAT/ATTRA
10:55-11:30 Cover Crop Experience – Jose Robles, “Robles Ranch”
12:00-12:35 Work Safety – Teresa Andrews, MS, Education and Outreach Specialist
12:35-1:10 Upcoming opportunities though the NRCS – Graciela Gomez, Soil Conservation Technician.
Science of Soil Health
Compost Demonstration and Discussion
Benefits of Managed Grazing
Open Spaces & Vineyard IPM
Carbon Farm Planning
Please RSVP by Friday, Oct 12th by emailing Allegra Roth at firstname.lastname@example.org
or calling 805-963-0583 ext. 104.
This workshop will focus on fertilizers and their use in nursery operations. The first half of this program will describe fertilizer types such as granular fertilizers, Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRFs) and liquid fertilizers. We will describe the pros and cons of each fertilizer type and how to optimize fertilizer performance. The second half of the program will be dedicated to monitoring and measuring the quality of irrigation water and media. We will identify and demonstrate methods of conducting on-site tests for measuring media quality and water quality. We will then review protocols for proper sampling for off-site sample analyses.
Bring a cup of water sample (from your irrigation water) OR a one gallon pot to test the quality of the water and measure pH.
To register visit http://ucnfa.ucanr.edu/ and follow the links in the right hand margin
Join us on Thursday, October 25, 2018 for a one-day Cotton Farm Tour through the San Joaquin Valley to gain a behind-the-scenes look at the many sides of cotton production. You’ll meet the farmers, see cotton being harvested and learn about Cleaner Cotton™. You’ll visit a perennial hedgerow, walk through a colored cotton field, tour a cotton gin, join us for lunch and take home samples of cotton fiber. You’ll also learn about our co-hosts, the Better Cotton Initiative, a global sustainability program with a growing number of participating California farms. Throughout the day, leading industry experts and professionals will present an inside perspective about the many facets of cotton cultivation and processing, addressing issues such as water use, cotton farming practices and the current state of the market for Cleaner Cotton™ fiber.
“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
Replanting almonds and stone-fruit orchards: effective “soil health” and fertility management
9:10-9:45 Prunus replant biology and use of anaerobic soil disinfestation (ASD) and whole orchard recycling (WOR) as preplant soil management options (Browne)
9:45-10:00 Monitoring WOR impacts on soil and air quality (Poret-Peterson)
10:00-10:10 Soil fertility management with orchard pre-plant mulching amendments (Culumber)
10:10-10:20 Potential of biochar amendment on water, and nutrient management (Gao)
10:20-10:30 Almond production systems research at Fresno State (Brar)
10:30-10:45 Move from classroom to CSU Fresno field trials
10:45-11:15 Replant disease management trial overview (Browne)
11:15-11:30 Soil organic amendments for mitigation of nematode infestations (Westphal)
11:30-11:40 Air quality monitoring equipment demonstration (Gao)
11:40-12:00 PM Almond production systems field trials (Brar)
*Pending 1.0 ‘other’ DPR CE and 2.0 CCA credits
For more info see attached agenda