Event: Nutrient Management: Challenges and Opportunities (10/26-27/16)

This Conference was sponsored by California Department of Food and Agriculture’s (CDFA’s) and Western Plant Health Association’s (WPHA’s) Fertilizer Research and Education Program (FREP)

This conference focused on managing agricultural nutrients. It was geared toward a range of agriculturalists, including agricultural supply and service consultants, growers, university extension specialists, crop advisers, and local, state and national governmental agency personnel. Presenters from academia, industry and agricultural consulting provided general and technical information, current research data, and practical applications addressing statewide and regional nutrient management issues.

Information about the FREP Conferences may be found at: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/is/ffldrs/frep/pdfs/2015FREP-WPHA-%20ConfMailer.pdf

Event: 2016 Salinas Valley Weed School (11/2/16)

This seminar was sponsored by Monterey County, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE).

This is an annual seminar. Topics covered in 2016 were as follows:

  • Update on weed control in vegetables
  • Mechanized weed control
  • Effect of irrigation technique on vegetable herbicides
  • Cost of hand-weeding – (Lack of) herbicide resistant weeds.

Information about this seminar, other Monterey County UCCE seminars and production information may be found at: http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/?calitem=340648&g=32039

Event: 25th Annual California Invasive Plant Council Symposium(11/2-5/16)

Invasive animal and plant species are responsible for millions of dollars of losses from crop damage, losses of productivity and costs associated with management, control or attempts at eradication. This seminar address the following:

  • Managing invasive species in designated wilderness, 
  • Finding common ground with those managing cultural resources, wildfire, and endangered species, 
  • Investigations into interactions between invasive plants and soil biota, 
  • Powerful partnerships that enable landscape-level conservation, and 
  • How climate change informs invasive plant management prioritization.

Conference materials may be found at: http://www.cafiresci.org/events-webinars-source/category/25th-annual-california-invasive-plant-council-symposium

Event: Vineyard Pest and Disease Management Seminar (11/4/16)

Presented by University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)

This is an annual event. In 2016, researchers presented information about:

  • Disease resistance in rootstocks
  • Red blotch management
  • Grapevine leafroll management
  • Pierce’s disease – Managing weeds
  • Sprayer calibration
  • Powdery mildew overview
  • Phenology for pest resistant rootstock
  • Mealybug control.

This is an annual meeting. Information on this meeting and similar meetings can be found at: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/blogsearch.cfm

Event: 2016 Plant Disease Seminar (11/10/16)

Presented by Monterey County University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)

This is an annual program offered to growers on the Central Coast. In 2016, UCCE presented research findings and information for the following:

  • Anaerobic soil disinfestation,
  • Rapid molecular diagnostics for strawberry soilborne pathogens,
  • Lettuce downy mildew update, and
  • Spinach diseases.

For information on this seminar, other Monterey County Seminars, and relevant production information, go to: https://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/blogsearch.cfm

California Association of Pest Control Advisors (CAPCA) (10/16-18/16)

Annual Conference

CAPCA represents more than 75% of the nearly 4,000 CalEPA-licensed Pest Control Advisers (PCAs). These are the professionals who provide pest management consultation for the production of food, fiber and ornamental industries of this state. The theme of the 2016 Annual Conference was “Feeding a Nation, Fighting the Fear”.

Conference web-site includes this year’s conference announcement and agenda and presentations for the preceding year: http://capca.com/conference/

Event: Sustainable Ag Expo (11/14-15/16)

This is a annual event that is attended by grape growers and other farmers in the area. It is multi-day, educational seminar highlighting the latest:

  • In farming research,
  • Resource issues, and
  • Business trends

The audience is composed of farmers, ag professionals, and pest control advisors. Sessions are designed to help attendees meet production, labor, regulatory and business challenges, as well as look to the future.

Please note that the conference web-site does not include presentations or proceedinghs from past conferences:

Conference web site: http://www.vineyardteam.org/events/expo.php

Event: Central Coast Workshop, Knocking Out Noxious Weeds on Rangelands (11/16/16)

This was an excellent discussion of the impacts of noxious weeds and challenges with weed control. The direct annual cost to monitor and control invasive plants in California is $82 million, and the indirect economic impacts are even larger.

The event has been removed from this web-site: http://cemonterey.ucanr.edu/?calitem=339531&g=32039

UC Soil and Water Short Course (11/17/16)

Technical Training

We are in an of volatile fertilizer costs, uncertain water supply, and increasing government regulation. This course will focus on the practical aspects of soil fertility management to provide some solutions for growers struggling to meet regulatory or production demands.

The topics covered will include:

  • getting the maximum value from soil and water testing
  • comparing fertilizer sources,
  • irrigation water quality effects on soil management, and
  • nitrogen management and environmental protection.

Course Information: http://vric.ucdavis.edu/events/soil_water_info_2016.htm

Event: California Cattlemen’s Association (CCA) (12/1-3/16)

100th Annual Convention

The 2016 convention was a very special celebration of 100 years of gatherings of the California and Nevada ranching community. The California Cattlewomen also convened at this convention.

Information on the most recent CCA Conference and other CCA Events: http://www.calcattlemen.org/cca_events/event.aspx?eventid=20