UC Cooperative Extension Irrigation and Nutrient Management Meeting To Focus on Ag Order Compliance

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Written by Jane Sooby on Monday, February 5, 2024
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University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Monterey County will highlight compliance with the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board’s Ag Order 4.0 at its upcoming Irrigation and Nutrient Management meeting on February 20.

The free workshop will feature lunch and live translation to Spanish. It will be held at the UCCE Agriculture Conference Room at 1432 Abbott Street, Salinas. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m.; the program will start at 7:55 a.m.; and the program will end at 2:15 p.m.

Presentations will include 

  • Managing runoff during the growing season and winter
  • Satellite estimates of crop water use on the Central Coast and OpenET         
  • Update on using high-carbon amendments for reducing nitrate leaching during winter
  • Cover crops for reducing winter nitrate leaching and controlling storm water runoff  
  • Ag Order requirements for the upcoming year
  • University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCANR) Nitrogen and Irrigation Initiative: opportunity for technical assistance
  • Using CropManage to help with Ag Order compliance
  • Department of Pesticide Regulation Surface Water Protection Program: an overview of ag monitoring on the Central Coast 
  • Introduction to pump efficiency, including a demonstration of pump efficiency and variable frequency drives 

For more details on the program, presenters, and how to register, visit the UCCE website.

 


 

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Agenda

7:30   Sign-in and refreshments
7:55    Introduction
8:00    Managing runoff during the growing season and winter

Michael Cahn, UCCE Irrigation and Water Res. Advisor, Monterey County
8:30   Satellite estimates of crop water use on the Central Coast and OpenET         
Lee Johnson, CSU Monterey Bay/NASA
9:00   Update on using high carbon amendments for reducing nitrate leaching during winter  
Richard Smith, UCCE Vegetable and Weed Emeritus Advisor Monterey County 
Joji Muramoto, UC Santa Cruz, Organic Production Specialist
9:30   Cover crops for reducing winter nitrate leaching and controlling storm water runoff 
Eric Brennan, Research Horticulturist, USDA-ARS
10:00      ———————   Break  ———————
10:15    Ag Order requirements for the upcoming year
Sarah Lopez, Executive Director, Central Coast Water Quality Preservation Inc. 
10:45    UCANR Nitrogen and Irrigation Initiative: Opportunity for technical assistance
Aparna Gazula, UCCE Small Farm Advisor, Santa Clara County
11:00    Using CropManage to help with Ag Order compliance
Michael Cahn, UCCE Irrigation and Water Res. Advisor, Monterey County
11:25    DPR Surface Water Protection Program: An overview of ag. monitoring on the Central Coast 
Pedro Lima, Sr. Environmental Scientist Cal DPR 
11:50    Introduction to pump efficiency 
Bill Green, Fresno State University, Center for Irrigation Technology
12:00    Pizza and Salad Lunch (free!)
12:45    Demonstration of pump efficiency and variable frequency drives (Parking lot)
Crystal Sandoval-Leyva, Cal. State University Fresno, Center for Irrigation Technology
2:15       Adjourn

For more information, please contact Mayra Cervantes (831) 759-7373 or mlicervantes@ucanr.edu.
 

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