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2022 California Plant and Soil Virtual Conference Agenda - View recordings from the conference here!

February 1-3, 2022 (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday)

Solutions in a time of Scarcity - California’s Water Future

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

8:00 – 8:10 a.m.

Florence Cassel, CA-ASA President, Introduction

Main Session

Chairs:  Florence Cassel and Michelle Leinfelder-Miles

CEU (CCA: 1.0 SW)

8:10 – 8:15 a.m.

Introductory Remarks

8:15

Drought: What’s Old is New Again

Jeanine Jones, Interstate Resources Manager, CA Department of Water Resources

8:45

Floor Mar at Terranova Ranch

Don Cameron, General Manager, Terranova Ranch, Inc. and President, California State Board of Food and Agriculture

9:15

California’s and the San Joaquin Valley’s Uncertain Water Future

Sarge Green, Research Scientist, CA State University, Fresno

9:45

Discussion

10:05

Break

Session 1: Strategies for increasing farm water conservation: perspectives from growers and practitioners

Chairs: Michael Cahn and Mae Culumber

CEU (CCA: 1.5 SW; CDFA: 1.0)

10:20

Opening Remarks

10:25

Increasing water conservation and nutrient efficiency through SWEEP and HSP grants

Aparna Gazula, UC Cooperative Extension

10:40

Challenges to improving irrigation management on a central coast vegetable farm

Mark Mason, Huntington Farms

10:55

Using technology to make informed irrigation decisions: if you can’t measure it, you can’t measure it

Brandon Rebiero, Gold Leaf Farming

11:10

Panel Discussion

11:40

Lunch Break

Session 2: Crop Tolerance to Heat, Drought, and Deficit Irrigation

Chair: Lauren Hale

CEU (CCA: 1.5 CM; CDFA: 0.5)

12:30 PM

Opening Remarks

12:35

Lessons from the field: How sorghum and its microbiome respond to drought

Peggy Lemaux, UC Berkeley

1:00

The impact of deficit irrigation on almond, walnut and pistachio nut crops

Robert Beede, UC Cooperative Extension

1:25

Drought tolerance traits for grape rootstocks

Megan Bartlett, UC Davis

1:50

Break

Student Oral Presentations

Chairs: Nick Clark, Mark Cady, and Ranjit Riar

No CEUs offered

2:00

Undergraduate Students

 

M.S. Students

Until about 3:30

Ph.D. Students

 

Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Session 3: Current issues and advancements in weed management

Chairs: Ranjit Riar and Gina Colfer

CEU (DPR: 1.5 Other; CCA: 1.5 PM)

8:00

Opening Remarks

8:05

The increasing prevalence of Palmer amaranth and common waterhemp in the Central Valley.

Anil Shrestha, CA State University, Fresno

8:30

New technologies for weeding in high value vegetable crops.

Pauline Canteneur, FarmWise Technologies

8:55

Common rush management in irrigated pastures using Wick Wiper and Roundup 

Ranjit Riar, CA State University, Fresno

9:20

Break

Session 4: Hot topics in Pest Management

Chairs: Jacob Wenger and Marja Koivunen

CEU (DPR: 1.5 Other; CCA: 1.5 PM)

9:35

Opening Remarks

9:40

Impact of climate change on navel orangeworm, Amyelois transitella

Jhalendra P. Rijal, UC Cooperative Extension

10:05

Responding to the growing threat of Impatiens Necrotic Spot Virus (INSV) affecting lettuce in the Salinas Valley

Daniel K. Hasegawa, USDA-ARS

10:30

Evaluation of chemical control strategies for branched broomrape in California processing tomatoes

Matthew Fatino, UC Davis

10:55

Break

Session 5: Biostimulants

Chairs: Eric Ellison, Mark Cady, Marja Koivunen

CEU (CCA: 1.0 CM, 0.5 PD)

11:10

Opening Remarks

11:15

Biostimulants from a regulatory perspective

Nick Young, CA Department of Food and Agriculture

11:40

Soil and plant microbiomes: complex ecosystems that harbor novel plant growth promoting bacteria

Ann Hirsch, UCLA 

12:05 PM

Biostimulants and factors affecting crop responses

Michael Rethwisch, UC Cooperative Extension

12:30

Lunch

CA-ASA Business Meeting

1:00

Opening Business Items

1:20

Announcement of Student Scholarship Awards

1:30

Announcement of Student Oral Presentation Awards

1:45

Presentation of Awards to 2022 Honorees

2:15 - 2:30 PM

Closing Business Items

 

Thursday, February 3, 2022

Session 6: Irrigation under drought conditions

Chairs: Michael Cahn, Mae Culumber, and Florence Cassel

CEU (CCA: 1.5 SW; CDFA: 1.5)

8:00

Opening Remarks

8:05

Understanding How Drought May Affect Your Irrigation Pump

Bill Green, CA State University, Fresno

8:30

Water management considerations for tree crops under a limited water supply

Allan Fulton, UC Cooperative Extension

8:55

Management of salinity under drought conditions.

Sharon Benes, CA State University, Fresno

9:20

Break

Session 7: Soil conservation

Chairs: Lauren Hale and Sarah Light

CEU (CCA: 1.5 SW)

9:35

Opening Remarks

9:40

Opportunities for carbon sequestration in California soils

Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

10:05

Putting compost into context

Matt Cotton, Integrated Waste Management Consulting and Neil Edgar, California Compost Coalition 

10:30

Predicting the long term impact of wood biomass applications on C storage in agricultural soils

Mae Culumber, UC Cooperative Extension

10:55

Break

Session 8: Nutrient management

Chairs: Nick Clark and Daniel Geisseler

CEU (CCA: 1.0 NM; CDFA: 1.0)

11:10

Opening Remarks

11:15

Nitrogen fertility in common beans following whole orchard recycling

Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UC Cooperative Extension

11:40

Potentials of legumes as food and cover crop in California’s cropping systems

Hossein Zakeri, CA State University, Chico

12:05 - 12:30 PM

Onion response to irrigation and nitrogen rates

Jairo Diaz, UC Cooperative Extension

END OF CONFERENCE