Practical Nitrogen Management Training for Organic Vegetable and Strawberry Growers

As regional agricultural orders mandate more rigorous nutrient and irrigation management, fine-tuning nitrogen applications is an increasingly important skill for organic growers.

To help address this challenge, University of California Cooperative Extension specialists are offering a three-part online workshop, Practical Training on Nitrogen Management in Organic Production of Vegetables and Strawberries, which will be held the first three Tuesdays in March from 9-11 a.m.

Over the three sessions, experts will discuss sources of nitrogen and their roles in organic soil fertility and the nitrogen budget of crops. Participants will learn how to estimate nitrogen release from diverse organic sources. Each session will feature group instruction followed by discussion to allow participants time to ask questions and address their particular situations.

Growers, CCA’s, PCA’s and other agricultural professionals who are interested in learning about nitrogen management in organic production are encouraged to enroll. Participants are eligible for six hours of CEU credits from CCA. 

Participants must enroll in all three sessions and pay a $30 fee. Class size is limited to 50 participants. Habrá traducción al Español. Spanish translation will be available.

Register in advance online or leave a message with UC ANR Program Support at (530) 750-1361.

The following is an abbreviated schedule; refer to the registration page for more details on sessions and presenters.

Part 1: Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Estimating Nitrogen Contributions from Cover Crops and Soil Organic Matter and the Role of Soil Microbes in Providing Plant-Available Nitrogen
Presenters: Margaret Lloyd, Daniel Geisseler, and Louise Jackson

Part 2: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
Estimating Nitrogen Release from Organic Amendments and Irrigation Water
Presenters: Patricia Lazicki, Margaret Lloyd, and Michael Cahn

Part 3: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Putting it all Together: Nitrogen Management in Strawberries and Vegetables and Discussion of New Concepts in Organic Nitrogen Nutrition
Presenters: Joji Muramoto and Richard Smith
This session will discuss strategies for complying with forthcoming regulations being developed by the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board.

Note: some text based on UC Cooperative Extension—Monterey County announcement published online.