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San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Almond Fall Management Field Day
Friday, October 28th 2016
10:00am-12:30pm
Rushing Ranch, 11599 West Shaw Ave, Fresno

Speakers:

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Managing and preventing pruning wound cankers caused by fungal pathogens

Kris Tollerup, Cooperative Extension Advisor, IPM
Monitoring and management of Navel Orangeworm in almonds

Mae Culumber, UCCE Fresno, Nut Crops
Orchard salinity management during the dormant season

Credits:
1.5 hrs CE credits, 2.5 CCA credits
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

2016 Cotton Farm Tour
Friday, October 21st 2016
8:00am-5:00pm
Best Western Apricot Inn, 46290 West Panoche Road, Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Friday, October 21, 2016 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 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. 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.

 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! 

Sign Up:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-cotton-project-2016-cotton-farm-tour-tickets-27870075145

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

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Alfalfa Management Field Day: Pests, Water, Manure Use & Regulatory Update
Thursday, September 22nd 2016
9:30am-12:30pm
Scout Hut, 1910 Marguerite St., Dos Palos, CA

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UC IPM, Cooperative Extension Advisor
New tools support pest management in alfalfa

Dan Putnam, UCCE Davis, Statewide Alfalfa/Forage Specialist
Deficit irrigation and subsurface drip in alfalfa

Sean Runyon, Deputy Ag Commissioner, Merced County
Pesticide regulation update

Nicholas Clark, Farm Advisor, Agronomy & Nutrient Management, UCCE Kings, Tulare & Fresno Counties
Maure management in alfalfa

Credits:
CE credits: 1.0 Laws/Regs, 1.0 Other, and CCA credits approved
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org,

 

San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project

Midseason Cotton Field Day
Thursday, July 7th 2016
10:00am-12:30pm
McCurdy Farm, Highway 33 (near W Shaw), Firebaugh

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

Bob Hutmacher, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist, Westside REC
Disease management & cotton research trials results- Race 4, fusarium, early pima defoliation

Jeff Mitchell, UC Cooperative Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
Soil function, soil health principles and incentive opportunities for you.

Credits:
1.5 hrs CE credits applied for, CCA credits approved
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

Pesticide & Pest Management Issues in Alfalfa, Almonds & Cotton and Almond Springtime Pest & Disease Update
Wednesday, March 30th 2016
9:30am-12:30pm
Firebaugh Mendota United Methodist Church- 1660 O St., Firebaugh, CA

Speakers:

Dr. Pete Goodell, UC IPM, Cooperative Extension Advisor
Insect pest management  in a changing era: returning to integration

David Doll, UCCE Merced, Pomologist
Almond springtime pest and disease management

Orvil McKinnis, Program Manager, Westside San Joaquin Valley Watershed Coalition
State of the watershed- Uses of pesticides and fertilizers and their impacts on local water quality

Credits:
CE credits: 2.0 hrs Laws/Regs, 1.0 hr Other applied for; CCA credits: 3.0 hrs applied for
Questions? Contact Marcia Gibbs, (530) 370-5325, marcia@sustainablecotton.org,

 

Sustainable Cotton Project

2015 Cotton Farm Tour
Tuesday, October 27th 2015
8:30am-5:00pm
Best Western Apricot Inn, 46290 West Panoche Road, Firebaugh, CA

Join us on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 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. 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 visit the following link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sustainable-cotton-project-2015-cotton-farm-tour-tickets-18782389633


 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

 

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