Apr
24
Tue
CropManage 3.0 Workshop @ Monterey County Agriculture Conference Room
Apr 24 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

CropManage is a free online decision support tool for water and nutrient management of coastal crops.  Based on in-depth research and field studies conducted by the University of California, CropManage provides real-time recommendations for efficient irrigation and fertilization applications— while maintaining or improving overall yield.

At this free workshop, we will provide hands-on training so that you can learn to use the newest version of CropManage (3.0) which has been updated to be more compatible for in-field use by farm staff. CropManage is now available in Spanish.

Crops currently supported by CropManage include strawberry, raspberry, head, romaine, and leaf lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, celery, bell pepper, spinach, baby lettuce, cilantro, and mizuna.

Please RSVP by April 20th to larriaga@ucanr.edu

Apr
26
Thu
Vineyard Irrigation System Maintenance Tailgate and EGVM @ Pleasant Ridge Vineyard
Apr 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

This meeting will bring  together experts, boots-in-the-field irrigators, and vineyard managers to share their knowledge and experience with drip irrigation system maintenance and repair. Intended for those who depend on, operate or repair drip irrigation systems in vineyards. In addition, the intention is to raise awareness of invasive pests. This special meeting will be in Spanish and English.

Confirmed Speakers
  • Laura Ramage, Agricultural Inspector/Biologist, San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
  • Samuel Bettien, Agricultural Inspector/Biologist, San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
  • Jacob Hernandez, owner/operator, JH Ag Consulting
  • Ben Burgoa, Program Engineer, RCD of Monterey County
Continuing Education
1.0 DPR CEU (Other) and 1.0 CCA CEUs (Pest Management) and 2.0 CCA CEUs (Soil & Water) applied for
May
9
Wed
Irrigation & Nutrient Management Workshop @ Stanislaus Farm Bureau
May 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

AGENDA:

  • Welcome & Introductions
  • Distribution uniformity (DU) & Productivity Daniele Zaccaria, UCCE
  • Maintenance for Optimum Efficiency Steve Amador, MJC Irrigation Technology
  • Flow meters & Calculations Raul Raya, USDA NRCS
  • Value of Data Management Spencer Copper, Almond Board of California
  • Irrigation Scheduling Dr. Khaled Bali, UCANR•Nitrogen Management & Soil Health Rex DuFour, ATTRA/NCAT
  • Fertigation Zheng Wang, UCCE

Irrigation Evaluations Available

Have an Irrigation Specialist evaluate your existing irrigation system for FREE. They will:

  • Conduct an in-field system & site evaluation
  • Identify any system inefficiencies
  • Develop report and full conservation plan

LIMITED SEATS please RSVP

3.5 grower CEU available

May
24
Thu
Vineyard Irrigation System Troubleshooting @ Scheid Vineyards Winery
May 24 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Check back for additional information soon

3 CCA CEUs available in Soil & Water Management

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
18
Mon
ITRC Irrigation Systems Evaluations
Jun 18 – Jun 22 all-day

Class Schedule

Online Class: The online portion of ITRC’s new hybrid online/hands-on course presents the theories and procedures of drip/micro irrigation system evaluations through videos, tutorials, and quizzes in conjunction with textbook and online reading material.

  • Access begins upon registration (login information will be emailed to you).
  • Full course materials require about 10 hours to view.
  • Online exam is optional but required for 10 hours of Continuing Education credit.
  • Material is accessible for two months after on-site class

 

ISE Class I:Efficiency definitions and evaluation techniques are emphasized, ranging from how to take a pressure measurement to what specific measurements are needed for evaluation of six distinct irrigation methods

  • Takes place at Cal Poly, SLO
  • 8:00 a.m. start time on Day 1 (Monday)
  • Ends 12:00 noon on Day 3 (Wednesday)

 

ISE Class II: This second class is a 2 1/2 day class where we will travel to sites in the San Joaquin Valleyt and perform the entire evaluations on 2 fields. The emphasis will be on performing the field evaluations for drip and microspray irrigation systems on trees/vines

  • Takes place on-site at Central Coast locations
  • 1:00 p.m. start time on Day 3 (Wednesday)
  • Ends 5:00 p.m. on Day 5 (Friday)
Jul
31
Tue
ITRC Basic Soil, Plant & Water Relationships @ Irrigation Training & Research Center
Jul 31 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

The focus for this course is on soil texture and structure, water holding capacity, retention, intake rates, evaporation, transpiration, soil classification, measurement of soil moisture and tension.

Aug
1
Wed
ITRC Irrigation Scheduling, Salinity & Drainage @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 1 – Aug 2 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

This course focuses on ETo and crop coefficients, practical irrigation scheduling, how efficiency and uniformity influence scheduling, drainage concepts and layouts, salinity, leaching requirements and reclamation.

Aug
13
Mon
ITRC Fertigation @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 13 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

The class will cover new techniques in the control and application of fertilizers through irrigation systems and strategies to conform with the intent of the new nitrogen regulations in California. Other topics will include nitrogen fertilizers, challenges with phosphorus and potassium applications, growth enhancers, and organic-compliant ways to keep drip systems clean. Increasing yields per acre-foot of evapotranspiration (ET) through better fertility management, will also be discussed.

Aug
14
Tue
ITRC Row Crop Drip Irrigation @ Irrigation Training and Research Center
Aug 14 all-day

The Designer/Manager School is a comprehensive educational program offering a variety of classes designed for both agricultural and landscape irrigation professionals by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo’s Irrigation Training & Research Center.

This course covers design layouts, flushing, fittings, how design relates to management, hose installation and retrieval

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