May
31
Thu
Irrigated Pasture & Annual Rangeland Management Workshop
May 31 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

Irrigated Pasture and Annual Rangeland Management Workshop

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Registration: $20 includes workshop materials and meals the day of the workshop. College students $10. To register click here or visit http://ucanr.edu/sites/Rangelands/.

CEU – Requested CEU for Irrigated Lands Waiver Program through CURES on May 2, 2018.

In California, there is over 34 million acres of grazed rangeland. The complexities associated with rangeland management are increasing due to a growing body of scientific research, an expanding public stakeholder base and evolving government policies. This morning session of the workshop will equip ranchers, land managers, technical resources and college students with scientifically based management practices, resources and network to support sustainable livestock grazing enterprises on California’s rangelands. The second half of the workshop will focus on California’s irrigated pasturelands that account for nearly 500,000 acres across the state and rank third among agricultural water users. The workshop will focused on pasture establishment and management for water scarcity, invasive species, and nitrogen management to maximize productivity while balancing natural resource objectives.

agenda

Jun
4
Mon
Board of Directors Meeting @ Kings River Water Association Board Room
Jun 4 @ 10:00 am

This is to notify you of the Meeting of the Board of Directors of the Kings River Watershed Coalition Authority to be held Monday, June 4, 2018, in the offices of the Kings River Water Association/Kings River Conservation District.  The meeting will begin at 10:00 AM.

The agenda will be available at a later date.

Jun
5
Tue
Groundwater Sustainability Plan Preparation Workshop @ Hilton Sacramento Arden West
Jun 5 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

A roll up your sleeves, partner with others, sweat the details workshop.  We will provide participants a series of applied, table top exercises designed to tackle some of the most compelling technical and policy challenges SGMA throws at us.  The day will start with a set of brief, critically important presentations to frame the subsequent workshop activities.  After a mid-morning break, participants will group together and with guidance from colleagues currently writing GSPs throughout the State, and with input from DWR SGMA technical staff, we will work through a set of exercises designed to mirror technical and planning challenges you will face in your basins.

Small Grains & Soil Health Field Meeting
Jun 5 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Small Grains and Soil Health Field Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host a Small Grains and Soil Health Field Meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from 9:30am to noon, on Staten Island in the San Joaquin County Delta. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The attached version includes a map and directions. 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!

9:30am       Meet at Staten Island grain silos to caravan to field trial location

10:00am     Welcome and Meeting Overview

Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County

Dawit Zeleke, Conservation Farms and Ranches

10:15am     Small Grains Variety Testing – Statewide and Delta Trials

Mark Lundy, UC Davis

10:30am     Soil Nitrate Quick Test Demonstration

Mark Lundy, UC Davis

10:45am     Introduction to Cover Cropping Project (funded by CDFA Healthy Soils Program)

Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County

11:00am     Cover Crop Trial Results

Valerie Bullard, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center

11:15am     Demonstrations and Evidence – Why the Hype Over Soil Health Really Matters

Jeff Mitchell, UC Davis

11:30am     Walk through small grains trial, participate in soil health demonstrations

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Jun
6
Wed
Biochar Field Day @ Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility
Jun 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Registration now open!

The Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP) is teaming up with the University of California, Davis to host a biochar field day to highlight current research and showcase resources available to interested stakeholders.

Participants will have a chance to explore the in-field opportunities that biochar has to offer, and hear innovative research on the characteristics and impacts of biochar in agriculture. In the afternoon, a panel discussion and poster session will provide participants with the opportunity to network and ask questions about biochar production, application and products.

Please join us Wednesday, June 6, from 8:00 am-1:30 pm

Event registration is $15 and includes a hay-ride tour of Russell Ranch, in-field presentations, a panel discussion, lunch and a poster session.

*Approved CCA CEUs: 1.5 Nutrient Management, 0.5 Soils and Water Management

 

For questions please contact Brooke Elliott at (916) 900-5022 or email FREP@cdfa.ca.gov

Biochar Field Day Agenda Expanded

Jun
7
Thu
Grower NMP Self-Certification Course @ Yolo County Farm Bureau
Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm

Yolo County Farm Bureau Education Corporation Irrigated Lands Program

This meeting is a Nitrogen Management Plan Self-certification course. You may attend the entire 4 hour course for 1 Continuing Education Unit.

Yolo County Farm Bureau Education Corporation Irrigated Lands Program

This meeting is a Nitrogen Management Plan Self-certification course. You may attend the entire 4 hour course for 1 Continuing Education Unit.

 

Grower NMP Self-Certification Training @ Yolo County Farm Bureau
Jun 7 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Yolo County Farm Bureau Education Corporation Irrigated Lands Program

This meeting is a Nitrogen Management Plan Self-certification course. You may attend the entire 4 hour course for 1 Continuing Education Unit.

Walnut Nitrogen & Irrigation Field Day @ Alpine Pacific Nut Company
Jun 7 @ 4:14 pm – 5:14 pm
CURES, FREP & Alpine Pacific Nut Company
Jun
9
Sat
Efficient Water Use in the Vineyard @ Raymond Vineyard
Jun 9 @ 8:15 am – 11:00 am

8:30 – 9:00 PRESENTATIONS

The State’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act: What it means for us

  Patrick Lowe, Napa County, patrick.lowe@countyofnapa.org

CODE’s BMPs for water management and other tools

  Lisa Francioni-Hai, California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance,

  lfrancioni@wineinstitute.org

Energy efficiency rebates for irrigation projects

  Ashley Roberts, PG&E, aerd@pge.com

9:00 – 11:00 DEMONSTRATIONS

Mobile Irrigation Lab evaluates performance of irrigations systems

  Charles Schembre, Napa County RCD, Charles@naparcd.org

Surface renewal and vine-stress monitoring for irrigation scheduling

  Tom Shapland, Tule Technologies, tmshapland@gmail.com

Soil moisture and vine water status measurements for precise and efficient water management   Mark Greenspan, Advanced Viticulture, mark@advancedvit.com

Sap flow monitoring within an holistic solution to optimize vineyard and resource management   Virginie Scoarnec, Fruition Sciences, Virginie@fruitionsciences.com

Jun
11
Mon
Russell Ranch Field Day @ Russell Ranch
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – 1:30 pm

Russell Ranch Field Day: Increasing Farm Resilience Through Healthy Soils & Water Management

As emphasis is increasingly being placed on decreasing water use and improving soil health in managing agroecosystems in the state of California, researchers at UC Davis have tackled projects looking at the crop and soil effects of subsurface drip irrigation targeted to the root zone.  At this year’s Russell Ranch Field Day, participants will learn about the results of these studies that have evaluated crop roots, crop quality, and soil microbial communities in subsurface drip irrigation systems.  Jump on the hay wagons in the morning to see the plots where researchers measure soil, crop, and irrigation attributes of different cropping systems across Russell Ranch, and cool off in the barn as we discuss environmental, microbial, and long-term trends of tomato systems in northern California.  Don’t miss our Grower Panel at 11:30 to learn more about the challenges and innovations taking place on California farms.

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