Kern Almond Workshop March 28, Bakersfield
The Kern Almond Meeting & Irrigation Workshop will be held March 28, at the UCCE conference room, 1031 S. Mt. Vernon Ave., Bakersfield, Calif., 93301 (south of the ag commissioner’s office). The event is co-sponsored by North-West Kern RCD Mobile Irrigation Lab.
8:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. — SIGN-IN/WELCOME
ALMOND PRODUCTION UPDATE – MORNING SESSION
9 - 9:20 FERTILITY — What does it take to make 4,000 + lb/ac? New tissue sampling guidelines and fertilizer rates – Sebastian Saa Silva (or Patrick Brown), UC Davis Pomology
9:20 - 9:50 — WATER DEMAND & FERTIGATION OPTIONS – Blake Sanden, Kern UCCE
9:50 - 10:10 — ALMOND VARIETY UPDATE – Mario Viveros, Kern UCCE
10:10-10:30 — INTERACTION OF DISEASE, CANOPY SIZE & YIELD – Bruce Lampenin, Statewide UCCE Almond Specialist
10:30 - 11 — BREAK (refreshments / talk with exhibitors)
11-11:20 — DISEASE/FUNGICIDE MANAGEMENT – Bruce Lampenin or Mario Viveros
11:20 - 11:55 — PLANT STRESS & DROUGHT MANAGEMENT – Ken Shackel, Pomology UC Davis
LUNCH– sponsored by service providers listed below
IRRIGATION MANAGEMENT AND ASSISTANCE – ALL CROPS
12:45 p.m. – 1 p.m. — BALANCING EFFICIENCY & SALINITY CONTROL in the FIELD – Blake Sanden
1 - 1:15 — OPTIMAL IRRIGATION of CRIMSON TABLE GRAPES USING PLASTIC – Dale Handley, Irrigation Consultant
1:15 - 1:30 — IRRIGATION SYSTEM UNIFORMITY – Brian Hockett (North-West Kern Mobile Irrigation Lab)
1:30 - 1:50 — NRCS EQIP COST SHARE FOR MICRO SYSTEMS – James Booth, Kern NRCS
1:50 - 2:10 — PUMP IMPROVEMENT REBATE PROGRAM – CIT CSU Fresno, Pete Canessa
2:10 - 3:30 — WHAT’S IN THE TOOLBOX? 5-10 minute presentations by sponsoring service providers: SIMPLOT: aerial imagery, HARMON: sulfur burner/water treatment, SOIL MOISTURE SENSORS/MONITORING – IRROMETER: tensiometers & Watermark, PURESENSE: capacitance probes/web-based data, GRUNDFOS PUMPS: precision injection & energy saving pumps, DELLAVALLE: weekly neutron probe, DALE HANDLEY IRRIGATION CONSULTANTS: Grape ET under plastic, HELENA CHEMICAL & PERRY BRUCE, field mapping with VERIS, TORO IRRIGATION, micro-irrigation of trees, vines and row crops.
Service providers will be on-site to answer questions about their technology as it relates to your operation.
(RSVP to email@example.com by March 26 for a lunch head count)