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Delta Crops Report

Information and meeting notices from the Delta Crops Resource Management farm advisor.

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Compost Field Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension and UC Davis will host a Healthy Soils Program field meeting on compost. The meeting will take place on Thursday, July 28th from 10:00am to 11:30am. The meeting will take place off of S. Landi Road, on Roberts Island in the Delta. Presentation topics include how to acquire compost, different types of compost, how compost can improve soil health and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and how to apply for cost-share funding. The meeting location is where we are trialing different rates of green waste compost application for potential soil health and alfalfa yield benefits. Preliminary results will be described. Attendance is free, and registration is not required. Continuing education credits will be offered (CCA and N management applications pending). The agenda is pasted below, and a downloadable version is attached. Thanks for your interest in UC Cooperative Extension programming, and we hope to see you later this month!

Agenda

10:00am  Welcome and introductions: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE
 
10:05am  What is compost? What kinds of composts are there? How do I order it?: Suellen Witham, Westside Spreading
 
10:20am  The CDFA Healthy Soils Program – What practices are eligible?: Hope Zabronsky, UC ANR/CDFA Climate Smart Agriculture Partnership
                         
10:35am  Compost for soil improvement and greenhouse gas mitigation: Rad Schmidt, UC Davis
 
10:50am  Comparing soil health outcomes of forage crop rotation strategies during transition to organic: Oren Hoffman, UC Davis
 
11:05am  Soil amendment trials in alfalfa – observations and prelimina
PDF 7/8/22
Weedy Rice Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host a Weedy Rice Meeting on Thursday, March 31, 2022 from 10:00am to 11:30am. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). A printable version of the agenda is attached at the bottom of this post. The agenda is as follows:

10:00am  Weedy Rice Identification Refresher/Review, Luis Espino, Whitney Brim-DeForest, UCCE

10:15am  Current Status of Weedy Rice – Acreage Surveys, Luis Espino, Whitney Brim-DeForest, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE

10:30am  Seed Certification Process/Rules and 2021 Observations, Timothy Blank, CA Crop Improvement Association

10:45am  Best Management Practices, Luis Espino, Whitney Brim-DeForest, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE

11:00am  Research Updates, Whitney Brim-DeForest, UCCE

11:15am  Open Discussion – Q & A

We have submitted applications for continuing education, including credits for pesticide licensing (1.5 of Other) and certified crop advisers (1.5 of PM). Refreshments will be provided. If you require special accommodations, please contact UCCE San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100. Thank you, and hope to see you at the meeting!

PDF 3/21/22
NOW VIRTUAL: 2022 SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting

As the Covid-19 pandemic persists, and as government and University recommendations maintain that we should social distance, the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting will now be VIRTUAL. The meeting will still take place THIS Friday, January 14th from 8am to noon. The agenda is shown below, or see the attached (downloadable) meeting agenda. No RSVP or registration is required ahead of the meeting, but upon entering the virtual meeting room, anyone seeking continuing education credits will need to register using a provided survey. Available continuing education credits are for pesticide licensing (DPR: 0.5 of L, 2.0 of O), certified crop advisers (1.0 of NM, 2.5 of PM), and nitrogen and irrigation management credits for the Irrigated Lands Program (1.0). Please reach out to the SJC Cooperative Extension office (209-953-6100) if you have any questions. Thank you for your understanding as we pivot to a virtual meeting. We hope to see you virtually on Friday.

Zoom Meeting: Please join the meeting by computer (not phone) in order to receive continuing education credits.

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/91699860928?pwd=S3BLZEVCdldUb0JwMFZ5VldWRlJRdz09

Meeting ID: 916 9986 0928

Passcode: 158168

Dial in: 669 900 6833

8:00am            Zoom waiting room opens. Attendees will be admitted shortly thereafter.

8:15am            Delta Rice Pest Management Update

                       Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties

8:45am            Regulatory Update

                       Tim Pelican, San Jo

PDF 1/10/22
2022 SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting on Friday, January 14, 2022 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). A printable version of the agenda is attached at the bottom of this post. The agenda is as follows:

8:00am            Doors open and sign in

8:15am            Delta Rice Pest Management Update

                       Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta 

8:45am            Regulatory Update

                       Tim Pelican, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner

9:15am            The Problem of Insecticide Resistance with Alfalfa Weevil

                       Ian Grettenberger, UC Davis

9:45am            Using Drones to Control Insect Pests in Alfalfa

                       Rachael Long, UCCE, Yolo/Sacramento/Solano 

10:15am          Break

10:30am          Update on Common Chickweed Control in CA Small Grains

                       Nick Clark, UCCE, Kings/Tulare/Fresno 

11:00am          CropManage Online Decision Support Tool for Irrigation Scheduling and N Management 

                     

PDF 12/17/21
2021 Delta Grains Field Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual Delta field meeting on Thursday, September 30th from 10:00-11:30am, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below and attached. In addition to providing information on the annual field corn variety trial, this year's agenda includes presentations on nitrogen management in corn and wheat. The attached version of the agenda includes a map and directions to the field site. We have applied for CCA and CDFA INMP continuing education credits. The University is attentive to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. Please monitor yourself for Covid-19 symptoms before coming to the event, and do not come if you are experiencing symptoms. While this meeting is outdoors, we will be following University safety precautions for in-person events. Please practice social distancing, or wear a mask if within 6 feet of another person. Thanks for your interest in UC Cooperative Extension programming, and we hope to see you in the field! 

Agenda:

10:00am     Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta

10:15am     Variety traits for the Delta, Seed company representatives

10:30am     In-season nitrogen management in wheat, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta

10:45am     Development of site-specific nitrogen fertilization recommendations for annual crops, Suzette Turner and Daniel Geisseler, UC Davis

11:00am     Viewing of field plots

PDF 9/10/21
Upcoming UCCE Virtual Field Days

UC Cooperative Extension will host two field crops virtual field days in the coming month. Please see below and the attached flyers for more information, and please don't hesitate to contact me with questions. Thank you, and we hope to see you at the virtual field days!

California Rice Virtual Field Day

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

1:00PM - 3:00PM

Registration required.

Agenda

Kearney Alfalfa and Forage Field Day

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

8:30AM - 12:00PM

Registration required.

Agenda: Coming soon!

PDF 8/20/20
UCCE needs your valuable input!

University of California Cooperative Extension needs your valuable input! UCCE is conducting a needs assessment for field crop production. We have developed an online questionnaire to learn the goals and common challenges faced by growers, consultants, and allied industry of field crops in California. Your responses are incredibly important in helping UCCE identify how we can better serve your needs and interests.

The questionnaire will be administered online via Qualtrics and will be delivered to you via email. It should take roughly 15-20 minutes to complete. The first 100 respondents to complete it will receive a $10 gift card. Your individual responses will remain confidential and will only be reported in the aggregate. Please look out for an email from "fieldcrops@ucdavis.edu" later this week with a link to the questionnaire. Your participation is much appreciated! Thank you in advance!

PDF 7/21/20
2020 SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting on Friday, January 10, 2020 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). Coffee and refreshments will be provided.

A printable version of the agenda is attached. The agenda is as follows:

8:15am     Delta Rice Update: Armyworms, Herbicide Trial, Weedy Rice, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE San Joaquin/Delta Counties

8:45am     Regulatory Update, Tim Pelican, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner

9:00am     Alfalfa Weevil Insecticide Resistance, Madison Hendrick, UC Davis

9:15am     Benefits of Alfalfa in Crop Rotations, Nicole Tautges, UC Davis

9:45am     IPM in Organic Field and Vegetable Crop Production, Rachael Long, UCCE Yolo/Sacramento/Solano Counties

10:15am   Break

10:30am   Observations and Pest Issues with CBD Hemp Experiments in California, Dan Putnam, UC Davis

11:00am   Fertilizing Corn and Wheat with Manure: Research Results, Nick Clark, UCCE Fresno/Tulare/Kings Counties

11:30am   Warm-Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties

12:00pm   Evaluations and Adjourn

We have submitted applications for continuing education for pesticide licensing and certified crop advisors. We have also submitted an application for nitrogen management continuing education, which would help to satisfy growers' continuing education requirement for the Irrigated Lands Program. Applications are pending.

Our programs are open to all potential participants. If you require special accommodations, please contact UCCE San Joaquin County at 209-953-6100. I wish you a happy holiday season, and I

PDF 12/9/19
2019 Corn and Small Grains Field Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on Tuesday, October 15th, from 10:00-11:30am, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. In addition to providing information on the annual corn variety trial, this year's agenda includes presentations on nitrogen management for the upcoming small grains season. The attached version of the agenda includes a map and directions to the field site. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field! 

Agenda

10:00am     Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE

10:15am     Variety traits for the Delta: Seed company representatives

10:30am     In-Season Nitrogen Management in Wheat: Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Sarah Light, UCCE

10:45am     In-Season Nitrogen Management in Malting Barley: Taylor Nelson, UC Davis

11:00am     Viewing of field corn plot

PDF 9/27/19
Soil Health and Cover Cropping Field Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host a Soil Health and Cover Cropping Field Meeting on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 10:00am to noon, on Staten Island in the San Joaquin County Delta. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The meeting will begin with a few presentations at the Staten Island grain silos, on the north end of the island, before showcasing the warm-season legume cover crop that is grown between winter small grains.  We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field!

10:00am     Welcome, Introductions, and Project Overview

                  Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San                          Joaquin County

10:20am     “Lightning Talks”

Brief presentations from organizations working on cover cropping and soil health

Cool Season Cover Cropping: Sarah Light and Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, UCCE

Cover Cropping Survey: Ben Weise, Contra Costa Resource Conservation District

Climate Smart Farming Program: Sara Tiffany, Community Alliance with Family Farmers

Cover Cropping Incentive Programs: Sonya Miller, USDA-NRCS San Joaquin County

Summer Cover Crop Options: Valerie Bullard and Margaret Smither-Kopperl, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center

10:45am     Caravan to field site

11:00am     Warm Season Legume Cover Cropping in the Delta –                                Preliminary Results from Year 1

                  Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE

11:15am     Viewing

PDF 8/19/19
2019 SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting on Thursday, January 17, 2019 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E. Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). Coffee and light refreshments will be provided.

The agenda is attached at the bottom of this post, and is as follows:

8:00am     Doors Open and Sign In

8:15am     Nitrogen Stabilizers in Silage Corn, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE San Joaquin/Delta Counties

8:45am     Measuring the Interaction between N Demand and Water Use in Irrigated Corn, Mark Lundy, UC Davis

9:15am     Regulatory Update, Tim Pelican, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner

9:30am     Fish Friendly Farming Program for the Delta, Laurel Marcus, California Land Stewardship Institute

9:45am     Break

10:00am   Agronomic Strategies to Improve Alfalfa Pest Management, Dan Putnam, UC Davis

10:30am   Opportunities for Automation and Optimization of Surface Irrigation Systems, Khaled Bali, UCCE, Kearney Research and Extension Center

11:00am   Italian Ryegrass Management in California Wheat Cropping Systems, Mariano Galla, UCCE, Glenn/Butte/Tehama Counties

11:30am   Managing for Soil Health and Soil Salinity, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties

12:00pm   Evaluations and Adjourn

We have submitted applications for continuing education for pesticide licensing and certified crop advisors. We have also submitted an application for nitrogen management continuing education, which would help to satisfy growers' continuing education requirement for the Irrigated Lands Program. Applications are pending.

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PDF 12/10/18
2018 Corn Field Meeting

Please pardon that this message is being resent. There was an error in the previous message, sent yesterday. 

UC Cooperative Extension will host the annual corn field meeting on THURSDAY, October 18, 2018, from 10:00am to noon, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda is pasted below, and there is a link to the flyer below which provides a map to the field location. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field!

 

Agenda:

10:00am         Field corn variety evaluation – preliminary results

                      Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta

10:15am         Variety traits for the Delta

                      Seed company representatives

10:30am         N stabilizer product trial in silage corn

                      Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, SJC/Delta

10:45am         Measuring the interaction between N demand and water use in

                      irrigated corn

                      Taylor Becker and Mark Lundy, UC Davis

11:00am         Viewing of field plots

PDF 10/2/18
Small Grains and Soil Health Field Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host a Small Grains and Soil Health Field Meeting on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, from 9:30am to noon, on Staten Island in the San Joaquin County Delta. The agenda is pasted below and attached. The attached version includes a map and directions. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits, and light refreshments will be provided. RSVP is not required. Hope to see you in the field!

 

9:30am       Meet at Staten Island grain silos to caravan to field trial location 

10:00am     Welcome and Meeting Overview

                  Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County

                  Dawit Zeleke, Conservation Farms and Ranches

10:15am     Small Grains Variety Testing – Statewide and Delta Trials

                  Mark Lundy, UC Davis

10:30am     Soil Nitrate Quick Test Demonstration

                  Mark Lundy, UC Davis

10:45am     Introduction to Cover Cropping Project (funded by CDFA Healthy Soils Program)

                  Michelle Leinfelder-Miles and Brenna Aegerter, UCCE, San Joaquin County

11:00am     Cover Crop Trial Results

                  Valerie Bullard, USDA-NRCS Plant Materials Center

11:15am     Demonstrations and Evidence – Why the Hype Over Soil Health Really Matters

                  Jeff Mitchell, UC Davis

11:30am     Walk through small grains trial, participate in soil health demonstrations

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PDF 5/14/18
2018 SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting

UC Cooperative Extension will host the SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting on Friday, January 12, 2018 from 8:00am to 12:00pm. The meeting location is the Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton (2101 E.Earhart Ave., Stockton, CA 95206). 

The agenda is as follows:

8:00am      Doors Open, Sign In, and Welcome

8:15am      Regulatory Update, Tim Pelican, San Joaquin County Agricultural Commissioner

8:30am      Sorghum Seeding Rates for Optimum Productivity, Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin/Delta Counties

9:00am      Alfalfa Weevil Management, Rachael Long, UCCE, Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties

9:30am      Lygus Management in Dry Beans, Rachael Long, UCCE, Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties

10:00am    Break

10:15am    California Farmers' Voices on Nitrogen Management, Jessica Rudnick, UC Davis

10:45am    Managing Weeds in Agronomic Crop Rotations, Kurt Hembree, UCCE, Fresno County

11:15am    Tools for Selecting Small Grain Varieties from UCCE Statewide Trials, Mark Lundy, UC Davis

11:45am    Evaluations

12:00pm    Lunch – Please RSVP

New this year, we will offer a burrito lunch. Please RSVP for the lunch by calling 209-953-6100 or by emailing cesanjoaquin@ucdavis.edu. (If you email us, please indicate your first and last names, how many people you are RSVPing for, and whether any of those people are vegetarian.) Those who RSVP will receive a lunch ticket when they arrive at the meeting. Due to budgetary considerations, we cannot guarantee a lunch to those who do not RSVP.

From 12:00-12:30pm, we will hold a focus group meeting for growers to provide input on practices that improve nitrogen management. The i

PDF 12/11/17
Delta Corn and Sorghum Field Meeting

The UC Cooperative Extension Delta Corn and Sorghum Field Meeting will take place on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, from 10:00am to noon, on Tyler Island in Sacramento County. The agenda, including map to the field site, are attached. The program will include brief presentations on corn and sorghum trials, with time to view the corn variety trial and sorghum seeding rate trial. We have applied for CCA continuing education credits. RSVP is not required.

We have updated this mailing list to include subscribers of Delta meeting notices and field crops meeting notices. If you no longer wish to receive messages on topics related to Delta or field crops research and extension, you may unsubscribe using the link below. 

Also, consider subscribing to my SJC and Delta field crops blog, where I post meeting notices, research reports, and notes from the field. The blog is available from here.

Thank you for your interest in UC Cooperative Extension programs, and hope to see you at the meeting on October 11th!

PDF 9/18/17
2017 SJC and Delta Field Crops Meeting
  • Sorghum Seeding Rates for Optimum Productivity
  • New Pest Advisory: Sugarcane Aphid in California Sorghum
  • The Do's ad Don'ts of Planting Grain and Forage Sorghum
  • Update on New Herbicide Options for Established Alfalfa
  • Tools for Selecting Small Grain Varieties from UCCE Statewide Trials
  • Comparing Methods for Estimating Crop Consumptive Water Use in the Delta: Background and Preliminary Results
  • Nitrogen Mineralization in Soils from the Delta and the Valley
  • Managing Gophers in Alfalfa Fields
PDF 12/28/16
CA Delta Conservation Tillage/Soil Health Meeting Notice

July 1, 2015,   9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Sacramento County Ag Commissioner's Office in Walnut Grove
14177 Market Street, Walnut Grove, CA 

You are invited to attend a grower focus group meeting to discuss conservation tillage and soil health in the Delta.  The meeting is jointly organized by Chris Davis (USDA-NRCS, Sacramento County) and Michelle Leinfelder-Miles (UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin County).  

Please mark your  calendars and

RSVP by June 29th at noon to 
Michelle (209) 953-6120  or mmleinfeldermiles@ucanr.edu

Light refreshments will be provided.

PDF 6/19/15