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San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Post Harvest Management Field Day
Thursday, September 10th 2015
10am-12:30pm
Corner of Mercy Spring Rd & Cotton Gin Rd, Los Banos, CA

Speakers:

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Fall and dormant cultural practices to reduce disease and maximize 2016 tree productivity

Dr. Jhalendra Rijal, UCCE IPM Advisor, SJV
Seasonal considerations for insect pest monitoring and management in almonds

Ganesh Vishwanath, SeaNutri LLC
Use of seaweed based products in farming

Credits:
2.0 Other CE credits applied for, 2.5 Various CCA hours approved
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

Take Mercy Springs Road exit off I-5 and head east to the first road on the right, which is Cotton Gin Road. Look for field day signs!

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Summer Alfalfa Meeting
Wednesday, July 15th 2015
10:00am-12:30pm
Bowles Farming: intersection of Hereford Rd. & Bisignani Rd., Los Banos, CA

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, IPM Advisor, UCCE, UC Statewide IPM
Insect management in a more restrictive environment- there are options

Dr. Dan Putnam, UCCE Davis, Statewide Alfalfa Extension Specialist
Current issues affecting IPM in alfalfa including weeds, water quality and availability, summer retirement of alfalfa fields, industry update

Sean Runyon, Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Merced County
Update of Chlorpyrifos regulations

Cannon Michael, Bowles Farming
Bowles Farming update

Credits:
CE credits: 0.5 hrs Laws/Regs, 1.5 hrs Other applied for; CCA Credits: 2.0 hrs Various applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

Intersection of Hereford Rd & Bisignani Rd, Los Banos, CA

Follow the field day signs to meeting location on Bisignani Rd

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Midseason Cotton Field Day: Insects, Water and Weed Management
Tuesday, June 16th 2015
10:00am-12:30pm
D&V McCurdy Farms, Hwy 33, Firebaugh, CA

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, IPM Advisor, UCCE, UC Statewide IPM
Lygus, Whiteflies and Pests- Oh My! Optimizing fruit set and lint quality

Dan Munk, UCCE Farm Advisor, Fresno
Irrigation and fertilizer management in cotton when water is limited

Kurt Hembree, UCCE Farm Advisor, Fresno
Weed management considerations in cotton

Bob Hutmacher, Cooperative Extesion Specialist, Westside REC
Current Cotton Conditions

Credits:
2.0 Other CE credits applied for, 2.5 Various CCA hours applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From Firebaugh: Go South on Hwy 33 for about 5.5 miles toward Mendota. About 1.5 miles past W Shaw Ave you will see the old oil shop. Make a right (west) on the railroad crossing and LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Mendota: Take Hwy 33 North toward Firebaugh for about 1.5 miles. Make a left (west) at the old oil shop on the railroad crossing and LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Spring Almond Field Day: Crop & Pest Management, Nitrogen & Water Management and more
Thursday, April 9th 2015
10:00am-12:30pm
Rushing Ranch, 11599 W Shaw Ave, Fresno, CA

Speakers:

Gurreet Brar, UCCE Fresno, Farm Advisor
Spring and Summertime Almond Diseases

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Nitrogen, Pest and Water Management in a Drought Year

J. Carlos Arrellano, Hilltop Ranch Inc., Almond Processor/Marketer
The 2015 Almond Market

Elias Marvinney, UC Davis
Orchard Management and Net Life-Cycle Greenhouse Gas Impacts

Credits:
1.0 Other CE credit applied for, 1.0 hr Soil & Water and 1.0 hr IPM CCA credits applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From CA-99: Take exit #140/Shaw Ave. Head west on West Shaw for about 6 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Firebaugh/CA-33: Head east on 13th St./Avenue 7 1/2 for about 22 miles. Turn right on Madera Ave./Road 27, go 3 miles. Turn left on West Shaw Ave. and go 3.4 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Pesticide & Pest Management Issues in Almonds, Alfalfa and Cotton
Thursday, March 12th 2015
10 am-12 noon
Scout Hut, 1910 Marguerite St., Dos Palos, CA

 


Speakers:

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UC IPM, Cooperative Extension Advisor
Alfalfa and cotton pest management- revisiting 2014 and preparing for 2015

Brandi Martin, Department of Pesticide Regulation, Environmental Scientist
2015 DPR update on VOC regulations, chlorpyrifos use and Federal EPA Bee Protection Box Advisories

Chris Linneman, Engineer, Westside SJR Watershed Coalition
Uses of pesticides and impacts on local water and air quality

 

*** ATTENTION: The San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project is now recruiting new alfalfa, almond and cotton growers for the 2015 season. Come see us for more information! ***

 

CE Credits: 1.5 hrs Laws & Regs, 0.5 hrs Other

CCA Credits: 1.5 hrs Soil & Water, 0.5 hrs IPM


Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

2014 Cotton Farm Tour
Thursday, October 30th 2014
8:30am-4:30pm
Area surrounding Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Thursday, October 30, 2014 for a free 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. 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.

Lunch: We will be having lunch at the beautiful Cardella Winery in Mendota. The menu will include pasta (chicken and vegetarian options), salad, fruit and cookies. Snacks and water will also be provided on the bus. (http://www.cardellawinery.com/)

 Guests are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.
Lodging: Best Western Apricot Inn, 46290 West Panoche Road, Firebaugh, CA 93622. We reserved rooms under the name "Sustainable Cotton Project- Cotton Farm Tour." The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for guests.
Space in the hotel is limited, please call 559-659-1444 to reserve your room asap.
NOTE: The address of the hotel says "Firebaugh", it is not in town, but rather on the outskirts. The hotel is located immediately off of I-5, at the Panoche Road exit.

The tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., at the Best Western Apricot Inn. Please gather in or just outside the lobby. The tour ends around 4:30-5 p.m.

Please wear close-toed shoes for walking in fields, and bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent if you wish.

Space on the tour is limited. To register, please follow this link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG9P3G

 If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Gibbs, SCP Director, at (530) 370-5325, or via email at marcia@sustainablecotton.org.

Visit www.sustainablecotton.org to get more information about SCP.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!  

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Post Harvest Management Field Day: Almond Disease Control, Irrigation Management, Post Harvest Pest Management
Tuesday, October 7th 2014
10 am-12 noon
Corner of Mercy Springs Rd and Cotton Gin Rd, Los Banos, CA

Speakers:

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Managing Almond Diseases Using Cultural and Chemical Practices & Irrigation and Sodium Management When Using Groundwater

Gurreet Brar, UCCE Fresno, Pomologist
Post Harvest Almond Management- Heading Into Fall

Credits:
CE Credits: 1.0 hrs Other, CCA Credits: 0.5 hrs Soil & Water, 1.5 hrs Crop Mgmt
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

Directions: Take Mercy Springs Road exit off I-5 and head east to the first road on the right which is Cotton Gin Road. Field day will be in the orchard at the corner of Mercy Springs and Cotton Gin Roads. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Mid-Season Cotton Update Field Day
Wednesday, July 16th 2014
9:30-11:30 am
Crivelli Farm: 13985 S. Palm, Dos Palos, CA

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UC IPM, Cooperative Extension Advisor
Pest Management Update - What's Bugging the Crop?

Dan Munk, UCCE Farm Advisor, Fresno, Cotton Specialist
Fertilizer and Irrigation Management in a Drought Year

Bob Hutmacher, Cooperative Extension Specialist, Westside REC
Disease Management and Cotton Research Trial Results- Race 4, Deficit Irrigation, Early Pima Defoliation

Credits:
CE Credits: 1.5 Other, CCA CEU credits: 0.5 Nutrient Mgmt, 0.5 Soil & Water Mgmt, 1.0 Integrated Pest Mgmt
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Alfalfa Pest and Crop Management Meeting
Monday, June 9th 2014
9:30-11:30
Scout Hut, 1910 Marguerite St., Dos Palos (Center = cross street)

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UC IPM, Cooperative Extension Advisor
Blue Alfalfa Aphid- Follow-up on 2014 outbreak and prospects for future AND Alfalfa IPM update. What's bugging you?

William Griffin, Ag Standard Specialist, Fresno County Department of Agriculture
Non-fumigant VOC regulations in the San Joaquin Valley &
Vertebrate pest control

Francisco Parra, Agronomist/PCA, Burford Farms
Drip Irrigation in Alfalfa

Credits:
CE Credits ( 1.0 hr Laws & Regs, 1.0 hr Other), CCA CEU Credits (1.0 Laws & Regs, 1.0 hour Other)
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Field Day: Monitoring Practices, Irrigation Tips, Pest & Disease Management
Thursday, April 17th 2014
10am-12:30pm
Rushing Ranch, 11599 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

Speakers:

Walt Bentley, UC Emeritus IPM Entomologist
In Season Monitoring Pest Pressures and Preserving Beneficial Populations

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Spring and Summer Disease Management

Gene Brandi, VP American Beekeeping Federation
Honey Bee Health Issues and Almond Pollination

Gurreet Brar, UCCE Fresno, Farm Advisor
Irrigation management in a drought year to minimize pest outbreaks and flare ups

Matthew Danielczyk, Audubon CA, Restoration Project Manager
Wildlife-Friendly Farming in Almond Orchards: Hedgerows, Pollinator Strips, and more

Credits:
2.0 CE credits applied for, 2.5 CCA CEU credits approved
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From CA-99: Take exit #140/Shaw Ave. Head west on West Shaw for about 6 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Firebaugh/CA-33: Head east on 13th St./Avenue 7 1/2 for about 22 miles. Turn right on Madera Ave./Road 27, go 3 miles. Turn left on West Shaw Ave. and go 3.4 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

2013 Cotton Farm Tour
Tuesday, October 29th 2013
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 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 running cotton gin, join us for lunch and take home samples of cotton fiber. 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.

The tour and lunch are complimentary. There will be water and snacks on the bus.

 

Guests are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.
Lodging: Best Western Apricot Inn, 46290 West Panoche Road, Firebaugh, CA 93622. We reserved rooms under the name "Sustainable Cotton Project- Cotton Farm Tour." The hotel provides a complimentary breakfast for guests. Call 559-659-1444 to reserve your room.

The tour begins promptly at 8:30 a.m., at the Best Western Apricot Inn. Please gather in or just outside the lobby. The tour ends around 4-4:30p.m.

Please wear close-toed shoes for walking in fields, and bring a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent if you wish.

Note: This tour is geared for adults 18 and up.

Space on the tour is limited. To register for the tour, please follow this link:

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQG9P3G 

If you have any questions, please contact Marcia Gibbs, SCP Director, at (530) 370-5325, or via email at marcia@sustainablecotton.org. Visit www.sustainablecotton.org to get more information about SCP.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you there!  

 

 

 

 

 

Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

Cotton Picking Day
Wednesday, October 23rd 2013
9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Wednesday, October 23rd to experience Central Valley culture and help us hand pick colored cotton at Windfall Farms with the farmers and SCP staff. The day will start at 9:30 am in a colored cotton field near Firebaugh. We will hand pick the colored bolls, pack them into bins and learn more about what happens to the fiber and how it grows.

Come prepared with a hat, gloves, sunscreen and sturdy shoes. We will provide cotton, water, shade and a real life experience. We also will be offering lunch for a cost of $10 per person. You can choose to pay for lunch upon arrival, or bring your own.

Interested? Space is limited for this event, so please RSVP to Jenny MacDonald at jenny@sustainablecotton.org with how many people will be joining us and if you'd like us to provide lunch for you ($10/person).

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Cotton Field Day- Herbicide Resistance: Can it be lurking in your field and best management practices to prevent it
Wednesday, June 5th 2013
10am-12noon
McCurdy Farm, Hwy 33, Firebaugh

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UCCE Advisor, IPM
Cotton pest management update

Steve Wright, UCCE, Agronomy/Weed Science, Tulare
Herbicide resistance in your fields?

Dan Munk, UCCE Farm Advisor, Fresno
Cotton production risks in low water years

Dr. Bob Hutmacher, UC Cotton Extension Specialist
Update on Race 4 fusarium in cotton

Credits:
2.0 Hours CE Credits Applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From Firebaugh: Go South on Hwy 33 for about 5.5 miles toward Mendota. About 1.5 miles past W Shaw Ave you will see the old oil shop. Make a right (west) on the railroad crossing and LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Mendota: Take Hwy 33 North toward Firebaugh for about 1.5 miles. Make a left (west) at the old oil shop on the railroad
crossing and LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Pest & Crop Management Field Day
Thursday, May 2nd 2013
10am-12noon
LPGL Ranch, 11599 W Shaw Ave, Fresno

Bring your questions and any damaged nuts or leaf samples for help and identification.

Speakers:

Walt Bentley, UC IPM Kearney Ag Center, Almond Specialist
In Season Monitoring Pest Pressures and Preserving Beneficial Populations

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Almond Disease and Nutrient Management for the Spring and Early Summer

Credits:
2.0 Hours CE Credits Approved
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org

Directions:

From CA-99: Take exit #140/Shaw Ave. Head west on West Shaw for about 6 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

From Firebaugh/CA-33: Head east on 13th St./Avenue 7 1/2 for about 22 miles. Turn right on Madera Ave./Road 27, go 3 miles. Turn left on West Shaw Ave. and go 3.4 miles. LOOK FOR FIELD DAY SIGNS.

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Alfalfa, Almond & Cotton Winter Meeting: Pest & Crop Mgmt, Water and more!
Wednesday, February 27th 2013
2:00-4:30pm
Andrew Firebaugh Community Center, 1655 13th St. Firebaugh

Win $$$ to Home Depot!
All attendees are entered into a raffle to win great prizes!

Speakers:

Key Pests and Control Strategies in Alfalfa, Almonds & Cotton
Dr. Larry Godfrey, UC Davis/UCCE, Entomologist
David Haviland, UCCE Kern Co. Farm Advisor, Entomologist
Dan Putnam, UC Davis/UCCE, Agronomist, Alfalfa Specialist

Bloom Time, Spring and Summer Disease Control for Almonds
David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist, Almond Advisor

Overview of Chlorpyrifos use in CA- Human Health & Environmental Concerns
Brian Leahy, CA Dept of Pesticide Regulation, Director

San Joaquin Valley Watershed Update
Chris Linneman, Westside SJV Watershed Coalition, Engineer

Credits:
CE credits: 1.0 Law & Regs, 1.5 Other
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org