American Society of Agronomy
American Society of Agronomy
American Society of Agronomy
University of California
American Society of Agronomy

Conference Agenda

2018 California Plant and Soil Conference

February 6-7, 2018

DoubleTree Hotel & Fresno Convention Center

2233 Ventura Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Tel: 559-268-1000.

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DAY 1 (Tuesday, Feb. 6th)

9:15  General Session Introduction:

Chapter President, Dr. Sharon Benes, California State University, Fresno

9:30 – 10:30 Keynote Speaker

CA Secretary of Agriculture, Karen Ross.  Topic tbd.

MAIN SESSION: 10:35 – 12:10 p.m. Intersection of Water and Nutrient Management

Chairs: Karen Lowell, Dan Munk & Michelle Leinfelder-Miles

10:35  Introductory remarks
10:40  Patrick Brown, UC Davis Dept. Plant Sciences
              “Barriers to the Adoption of Recommended Nutrient & Water Management”
11:10  Sarah Beganskas, UC Santa Cruz, Dept. of Earth & Planetary Sciences.
              “Case Study: Addressing Groundwater Recharge with an Eye to Water Quality
11:40  Tim Hartz, UC Davis, Dept. of Plant Science (emeritus)
              “Irrigation Effects on Nitrogen Efficiency” 
12:10- 12:15 Q&A/ Discussion (all speakers)

LUNCH - DAY 1   12:15 – 1:25 p.m

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 1:30 – 3:00 p.m

Session 1 – Nutrient Management
Chair: Daniel Geisseler

1:30 Introductory remarks

1:35 Randy Southard, Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, UC Davis
            “Potassium Fixation in California Soils"

2:00 Dan Putnam,  Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
           “Phosphorus and Potassium Fertilization in Alfalfa"

2:25 Gene Miyao, UCCE Yolo, Sacramento, Solano Co.
            “Potassium Management in Processing Tomatoes"

2:50- 3:00 Q&A/ Discussion (all speakers)

Session 2 – Emerging Technologies for Improved Crop Management
Chairs: Mark Lundy & Andre Biscaro

1:30 Introductory remarks

1:35 Brian Speicher, Applied Innovation Center, DRI
            “Applying Systems Thinking to Coherent Pest Management”

2:00 Forrest Melton, NASA Ames Research Center
            “The Satellite Irrigation Management Support (SIMS) System: Applications of Satellite Data to Support Improvements in Irrigation Management in California”

2:25 Yufang Jin, Dept. Land, Air & Water Resources, UC Davis
           “Improving Irrigation Management with Remotely Sensed Images from Satellite and Drones”

2:50-3:00 Q&A/ Discussion (all speakers)


BREAK 3:00 – 3:20 p.m.

CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 3:25 – 5:00 p.m.

Session 3 – Pest Management
Chairs: Rachel Naegele and Margaret Ellis

3:25 Introductory remarks

3:30 Tunyalee Martin, Assoc. Director for Communications UC IPM
             “UC IPM updates”

3:55 Florent Trouillas, Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist Department of Plant
        Pathology, UC Davis, KARE
             “Pathogens of fruit and nut crops”

4:20 Jacob Wenger, Fresno State, Dept. of Plant Science
             "Diagnostic Test for the Differentiation of Different Lepidoptera
              Species that Impact Almand and Pistachio"

4:45-5:00 Q.A./ Discussion (all speakers)

Session 4 –  Site-Specific Management
Chairs: Andre Biscaro & Mark Lundy

3:25 Introductory remarks

3:30 Steve Phillips, North America Program, International Plant Nutrition Institute
           “A Global View of Precision Agriculture: Opportunities for California”

4:05 Isaya Kisekka, Dept. Land, Air & Water Resources, UC Davis
           "Optimizing Irrigation Scheduling with Limited Water Using the iCrop Decision Support Tool"

4:30 Curran Hughes, Manager of Strategy, The Wonderful Company
           “Mapping Soil Variability to Inform Gypsum Application in a Commercial Tree Nut Setting – Challenges and Opportunities”

4:55-5:00 Q.A./ Discussion (all speakers)

EVENING SOCIAL (Tues. Feb. 6th)

DAY 2 (Wed. Feb. 7th)  CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Session 5 –Soil Biology & Soil Health
Chairs: Karen Lowell, Daniel Geisseler, Eric Ellison

8:30 Introductory remarks

8:35 Will Horwath, Dept. of Land, Air & Water Resources, UC Davis.
           “How much can soil organic matter realistically be increased
             with cropping management in California?"

9:00 Jennifer Kucera, Western Regional Soil Health Team Leader, USDA Natural Resources Conserv. Service, Portland OR
           "Methods to track changes in soil biological properties under different
             management practices"

9:25 Gerald Davis, Agronomist and PCA, Grimmway Farms, Bakersfield, CA
          “Practical Considerations Toward Improving Soil Health and Functionality: Observations from One Organic Farm after 25 Years”

9:50- 10:00 Q.A./ Discussion (all speakers)

Session 6 –  Sustainable Use of Water
Chairs: Sharon Benes & Dan Munk

8:30 Introductory remarks

8:35 Representative, Central Valley Regional Water Board
        Dane Mathis, CA Dept. Water Resources.
            Brief Overview: Salt and Nutrient Management Plans (SNMPs) and SGMA

9:00 Panel Discussion (Growers)
        Moderator: Sarge Green, CA Water Institute, Fresno State

  • Mark McKean, President King’s River Watershed Coalition Authority & diversified farmer.
  • Don Cameron, Terranova Farms, Helm
  • Phil Shepard, E.W. Merritt Farms, Porterville

9:50-10:00 Q.A./ Discussion (all speakers)

BREAK:  10:00 – 10:20 a.m.

DAY 2 (Wed. Feb. 7th)  CONCURRENT SESSIONS: 10:25 – 12:00 p.m.

Session 7 – Applied Crop Management
Chairs:  Stan Grant & Michelle Leinfelder Miles

10:25 Introductory remarks

10:30 Dirk Holstege, Director, UC Davis Analytical Lab
             “Understanding and Interpreting Soil and Plant Tissue Lab Reports”

10:55 Wes Asai, Pomologist, Pomology Consulting
             “Applied Advancements For Improving Yield and Quality of Treefruit and Nut Crops”

11:20 Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, Farm Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Joaquin Co.
            “Salinity Management – Soil and Cropping Systems Strategies”

11:45-12:00 Q.A./ Discussion (all speakers)

Session 8 –  Managing Farm Energy
Chair: Dan Munk

10:25 Introductory remarks

10:30 John Weddington, Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno State
             “Minimizing Energy Loss in Irrigation System Design and Maintenance”

10:55  Bill Green, Center for Irrigation Technology, Fresno State
             “Understanding Basic Pump Efficiency Calculations”

            Greg Allen, VP and Partner, Red Trac LLC
              “Continuous Pump Efficiency Reporting”

11:20 Marshall English and Arian Aghajanzadeh, Oregon State University
          and Lawrence Berkeley Lab.
             “The Confluence of Irrigation Management and the Energy Grid- Reducing the
              energy footprint of water”  

11:45-12:00 Q.A./ Discussion (all speakers)

BUSINESS MEETING & LUNCH 12:05 – 1:45 p.m.

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