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2022 Grower Day

Grower Day was held at the Plumas County Fairgrounds on June 1, 2022.. This event was geared towards those needing credits for their Department of Pesticide Regulation-Private Applicator Licenses, and those wanting more information regarding spraying for weeds and pests, specifically grasshopper management. Presentations included information about the Beewhere and CalAg Permit websites and how to navigate them. As well as the effects of weather and fire on pests and weeds. Attendees also got to participate in various hands-on sprayer calibration demonstrations.

 

Program Overview and Presentations

 

BeeWhere
Willo Vieira, Plumas-Sierra Counties Dept. of Agriculture

Lean all about the BeeWhere Program that is important for beekeepers, landowners and those working around bees! The presentation will cover what the Bee Where Program is, how it works, why it is important, how to use it. Click here for presentation.  

Handout: BeeWhere

Handout: BeeWhere for applicators and PCAs

Handout: Tips to Protesting Bees 

Handout: Guide to registering apiaries in California

 

Invasive Weed Management Post-Wildfire: Closer Look at Camp Fire Invasive Weeds in Right-of-Ways
Tracy Schohr UC Cooperative Extension

This presentation will review weed management challenges and actions in wildland areas burned by wildfires. Specific focus will be on invasive weed identification and response to fire and fire suppression activities. There will also be discussion of post fire grazing with cattle and goats to manage invasive weeds - IPM strategy. Click here for presentation. 

Handout: Invasive Weed Management Post-Wildfire: Closer Look at Camp Fire Invasive Weeds in Right-of-ways

 

Managing Competing Vegetation in Forested Landscapes Post Fire
Ryan Tompkins, Forestry and Natural Resources Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

This presentation will focus on herbicide considerations and other treatments in post fire environment in forested landscapes. There will be a discussion on the application and effectiveness of herbicides as a tool in silviculture management – both at a landscape scale and for small landowners. This presentation will incorporate IPM strategies, looking at competition vegetations and fuels profiles to promote healthy resilient forests. Presentation coming soon!

 

Grasshoppers & Army Worms Pest Prevention
Tom Getts, Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension
This presentation will focus on the biology and management of grasshoppers and armyworms. The speaker will address information regarding lifecycle, monitoring, and various chemical control options and strategies while utilizing an integrated pest management program. Click here for presentation.  

Handout: UC Cooperative Extension Grasshopper Management Guide

 

Cal Ag Permits for Growers
Willo Vieira, Plumas-Sierra Counties Dept. of Agriculture
This presentation will cover Monthly Ag Pesticide Use Report (PUR) for Grower Applications covering how to enter use reports and common problems. The will be discussion on why the Notice of Intent and the requirements of the notice of intent. The presentation will be a refresher on school buffer zone requirements. Click here for presentation. 

Handout: Farm Labor Contractor Pesticide Safety Tips

 

Sprayer calibration
Tom Getts, Weed Ecology and Cropping Systems Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension

is presentation will focus on the fundamentals of sprayer calibration. How to calculate, flow rate, and how to calculate ground rate to determine sprayer output. Details on how to accurately measure pesticide and how much pesticide to put in the tank will also be covered (based on the sprayer output calculated). This session also included a hands on-filed demonstration with various sprayers. Click here for presentation.

 

Whether the Weather: Preventing Spray Drift
Willo Vieira, PS Ag Department, 

This presentation will provide a deep dive into the topic of drift. There will be a discussion on what causes drift and drift prevention. The presenter will share on how to determine if an inversion exists. There will also be an overview of label requirements to prevent drift and signs to spot where drift has occurred. Click here for Presentation. 

 

Headquarters Inspection Survival Guide
Dax Albrecht, Agricultural and Standards Inspector, Plumas-Sierra Counties Department of Agriculture

The presentation will outline what growers can do to be prepared for a Pest Control Headquarters Inspection, and what to expect during the inspection. Updated information will be provided on record keeping requirements, worker safety and training, availability and storage of personal protective equipment, and pesticide storage. Along with tips for organization and recordkeeping to help streamline headquarter inspections. Click here for presentation. 

 

 

22-05 Grower Day Invite Postcard FINAL

 

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