I am pleased to announce the following two meetings:
1. UC Cooperative Extension and UC Davis will host a Healthy Soils Program Workshop on compost. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 26th from 9:00am to 12:30pm (BBQ lunch provided). The meeting will take place at Rominger Brothers Farm (28800 Co Rd 29, Winters, CA). Presentations topics include how to acquire compost, different types of compost and how it can improve soil health, and nitrogen management in tomato systems receiving compost. At the end of the workshop, there will be a compost spreading demonstration. Attendance is free, but registration is required. Continuing education credits will be offered (0.5 of N management for ILRP program; 0.5 NM and 1.0 SW credits for CCAs). The agenda is available from the registration page.
2. UC Cooperative Extension will host an online workshop on Using N-rich Reference Zones to Guide N Management in Small Grains. The workshop will take place on Thursday, November 4th from 2:00-4:00pm. Presentation topics include how to implement N-rich reference zones, online N management tools, and case studies from local sites. Attendance is free, but registration is required for anyone requesting continuing education. Continuing education credits (2.0 of N management) will be offered for the ILRP program. The agenda is pasted below, and the meeting link is here.
Thanks for your interest in UC Cooperative Extension programming.
Agenda: Using N-rich Reference Zones to Guide N Management in Small Grains
2:00 - 2:15 Overview of concepts and tools related to utilizing N rich reference zones to guide N management in California small grains. (Mark Lundy, UC Davis/UCCE)
2:15 - 2:30 Introduction to The Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Tool for California Wheat and other web tools for optimizing N management in California small grain crops (Taylor Nelsen, UC Davis)
2:30 - 2:35 Questions and Discussion
2:35 - 4:00 Case Studies: Using N-rich reference zones to guide N fertilizer management in diverse California environments. Presentations will discuss specifics of implementing N rich reference zones and using UC decisions support tools to make in-season N fertilizer decisions.
- Yolo County irrigated site N rich case study (Mark Lundy, UC Davis/UCCE)
- Yolo County rainfed site N rich case study (Konrad Mathesius, UCCE)
- Kings County N rich case study (Nick Clark, UCCE)
- Sacramento County Delta N rich case study (Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE)
- Siskiyou County N rich case study (Giuliano Galdi, UCCE)
- Colusa County N rich case study (Sarah Light, UCCE)
- Wrap-up discussion and survey
I am pleased to announce the following meetings and webinars.
1. The Rice Experiment Station (RES) Annual Field Day will takes place next Wednesday, August 25, 2021 from 7:30am to 12:00pm, followed by lunch. The RES is located at 955 Butte City Highway (Hwy. 162), approximately two and one half miles west of Highway 99, north of Biggs, California. The field day is an opportunity to learn about the research being done at the RES, including variety development. It is sponsored by the California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation (CCRRF) and University of California (UC). For more information, please visit the RES website.
2. Farmers' Rice Cooperative and Wetlands Preservation Foundation will host a Delta Rice Field Day next Thursday, August 26, 2021 from 8:30am to 1:45pm. The event will start at Canal Ranch (23011 Blossom Road, Thornton, CA 95686), followed by a bus tour of nearby Delta rice production. I will be present to answer questions about my rice research and extension program, including the Delta variety trial, armyworm monitoring, herbicide trials, and weedy rice outreach. Space is limited, so please see this flyer to reserve space.
3. The UC Dry Bean Field Day will take place on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 from 9:00am to 11:30am. The field day will begin at Honey Bee Haven, Bee Biology Road, on the UC Davis campus. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, preregistration for this event is required. There is no registration fee. I invite you to view the agenda and register here. CCA continuing education credits (2.0) are available (0.5 of NM; 0.5 of PM; 1.0 of CM).
4. The UC Alfalfa and Forage Field Day will take place on Thursday, September 23, 2021 from 8:00am to 12:15pm, followed by lunch. The field day will take place at the Kearney Research and Extension Center, 9240 S. Riverbend Ave., Parlier, CA 93648. Due to Covid-19 safety precautions, preregistration for this event is required. There is no registration fee. I invite you to view the agenda and register here. We have applied for DPR, CCA, and N management (ILRP program) continuing education credits.
5. The Vertebrate Pest Council is hosting vertebrate pest webinars on September 28 (field rodents), September 29 (use of rodenticides), and September 30 (managing commensal rodents). The webinars run from 8:00am to 10:00am each day, and registration is required. Please see this flyer for more information.
Finally, the Covid-19 pandemic is a fluid situation. At this time, I plan to hold an in-person field meeting at the Delta field corn variety trial, as I have done in the past. The date is TBD but will take place in late-September or early-October. I will send a separate blog announcement when the date has been set.
Thank you for your interest in our programs. Stay healthy, and hope to see you soon at one of these events.
Happy New Year! Here are two opportunities for virtual continuing education.
1. The California Plant and Soil Conference will be held virtually February 1-3, 2021, and registration is now open. Please see the website for more information and to register. The conference includes sessions on:
- Covid-19 Impacts on Agriculture
- Automation in Agriculture
- Remote Sensing
- Irrigation Optimization
- Nutrient Management
- Cover Cropping
- Evaluation of Biological Inputs
- Practical Indicators of Soil Health
- Pest Management
We have applied for DPR pesticide licensing credits (Other: 2.75), CCA credits (Total 12.75; Categories: Nutrient Management: 3.5, Soil & Water Management: 3.0, Integrated Pest Management: 2.0, Crop Management: 3.5, Professional Development: 0.75), and Nitrogen Management credits (5) to help growers fulfill their Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program requirement. These credits have not yet been approved and are subject to change.
2. The UCCE Rice Grower Meeting will also be held virtually on February 11, 2021 from 9am to noon. Registration is now open, and a full agenda is available from the registration page. There will be presentations on the following topics:
- Ag Commissioner Update
- Weed Management
- Disease Management
- Arthropod Management
- Bird and Salmon Projects Update
- Emerging Weed Issues
- Fertility Update
- Roxy Rice and Variety Update
We have applied for DPR pesticide licensing credits (Other: 1.25, L&R: 0.5) and CCA credits (Total: 2.5; Categories: Pest Management: 1.5, Crop Management: 1.0). These credits have not yet been approved and are subject to change.
Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions on either of these events, and we hope to see you there!
As the Covid-19 pandemic persists, and as government mandates and University recommendations maintain that we should social distance, I have come to the conclusion NOT to hold the annual SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting in January. Instead, I am working with colleagues to deliver virtual continuing education early in the new year:
The California Plant and Soil Conference will be held virtually February 1-3, 2021, and registration is now open. Please see the website for more information and to register. We have applied for DPR pesticide licensing credits (2.75), CCA credits (12.75), and Nitrogen Management credits (5) to help growers fulfill their Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program requirement. These credits have not yet been approved and are subject to change.
The UCCE Rice Grower Meeting will also be held virtually on February 11, 2021. This meeting is still being developed, and I will post more information once registration is open. In the meantime, please save the date!
Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions regarding these events. I hope that the pandemic has not severely impacted you or those close to you, and I wish you safe, healthy, and happy holidays.
Here are a few announcements from UC Cooperative Extension. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions.
1. UC Cooperative Extension in San Joaquin and Stanislaus counties is partnering with the American Farmland Trust (AFT) to connect women landowners with resources, information, and a network. Women for the Land is an AFT program that began in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic states, providing women landowners with information for land conservation. The meeting details are below, and documents are attached at the bottom of this post. Please share the flyer with interested women in our region!
- Tuesday, March 26, 2019. 1:00-4:00pm. Cabral Agricultural Center, 2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206. To register, visit: farmland.org/SanJoaquinCountyLearningCircle or call 916-448-1064.
- Wednesday, March 27, 2019. 1:00-4:00pm. Stanislaus County Agricultural Center, 3022 Service Rd., Modesto, CA 95358. To register, visit: farmland.org/StanislausCountyLearningCircle or call 916-448-1064.
2. UC Cooperative Extension is hosting two Weed Science field days in the San Joaquin Valley. Event details are below, and flyers are attached at the bottom of this post. The events are free, but space is limited, and registration is required by calling the UCCE Merced County office at 209-385-7403. Pesticide applicator continuing education credits are available at each event (3.5 units).
- Tuesday, April 2 2019. 8:00am-12:15pm. Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 9240 South Riverbend Road, Parlier CA 93648
- Thursday, April 11, 2019. 8:00am-12:15pm. Westside Research and Extension Center, 17353 West Oakland Avenue, Five Points, CA 93624
3. The UC Pest Management Guidelines for dry beans have been updated. The guidelines provide information on 19 insect pests, 18 diseases, 6 abiotic disorders, nematodes, and weeds, including a new table of registered herbicides and timings for dry beans.