The California Plant and Soil Conference will be held Feb. 4-5 in Fresno, Calif.
The meeting location is the Fresno Hotel and Conference Center, 2233 Ventura St., in downtown Fresno.
The theme of the conference is “California Water: Balancing Quality and Quantity”
Day 1 – Feb. 4
Registration starts at 9 a.m. Session starts at 9:50 a.m.
Keynote Address: Thomas Harter, UC Davis, “The Future of Groundwater Use and Protection in California’s Agricultural Regions”
Concurrent sessions: 10:55a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Session 1 - Professional development
Exploring soil survey information with SoilWeb Apps - Toby O'Geen UC Davis, Dept. of LAWR
On-farm research and testing - Making good evaluations – Scott Stoddard, UCCE Merced
Fostering effective teams - Linda Marie Manton, UCCE Davis
Session 2 - Water re-use: Non-conventional water for irrigation
Strategies for irrigating with saline water - Blake Sanden, UCCE Kern County
Overview of recycled water quality and landscape plants - Nelda Matheny, Hort Science, Inc.
Use of reclaimed municipal water for vegetable irrigation; a grower’s perspective - Dale Huss, Ocean Mist Farms
Concurrent sessions: 1:30 - 2:50 p.m.
Session 3 - Pest management
Effects of drought conditions on weed control performance, Herbicide Fate - Brad Hanson, UC Davis
Drought-mediated effects on vector movement and pathogen spread, Xylella-elicited diseases - Rodrigo Krugner, USDA-ARS
Botryosphaeria canker and blight of walnut – management - Themis Michailides, UC Kearney REC
Session 4 - Water management in the face of changing supplies
Weather prediction - Steve Johnson, Steve Johnson Meteorology
Current groundwater supplies and subsidence risks - Ken Schmidt, Kenneth Schmidt and Associates
Working with uncertain supplies and new groundwater regulations - Sarge Green, California State University, Fresno
Concurrent sessions: 3:20 - 4:40 p.m.
Session 5 - Water related management issues
Deficit irrigation of cotton - Bob Hutmacher, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension and UC West Side REC
Subsurface drip irrigation of alfalfa - Benefits and pitfall - Dan Putnam, UCCE
Irrigation strategies for grapevines in the San Joaquin Valley - Comparison table and wine grape vineyards - Larry Williams, UC Davis
Session 6 - Practical applications of nitrogen management strategies
Panel discussion: Practical issues in nitrogen management - Tim Hartz, UC Davis; Danyal Kasapligil, Dellavalle Laboratories; and Daniel Geisseler, UC Davis
Evening social and poster session - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Day 2 – Feb. 5
Concurrent sessions - 8:30 – 9:50 a.m.
Session 7 – Manure, compost, organic amendments
Use of organic matter amendments in permanent crops - Dan Shellenberg and Patrick Brown, UC Davis
Implications of timing on N release from organic amendments - David Crohn and Namratha Reddy, UC Riverside
Composting to manage on-farm water and improve soil health - Bob Martin and Jocelyn Gretz, Rio Farms
Session 8 - Salinity responses – management
Overview of CV salts and development of salinity standards to protect crops - John Dickey, Plan Tierra LLC
Impact of salinity on pistachio rootstocks - Jessie Godfrey, UC Davis
Salinity stress in almond - How do rootstocks, cultivars, and ionic composition make a difference? - Baris Kutman, UC Davis
Concurrent sessions - 10:20 – 11:40 a.m.
Session 9 - Monitoring options “Measure to Manage”
Imperial Valley salinity management program – Khaled Bali, UCCE Imperial County
Infrared thermometry – Smartfield system capabilities and experiences - Tom Speed, Smartfield Technologies
Discussing irrigation scheduling principles with producers – Are we making it more difficult than necessary? -Dan Johnson, USDA-NRCS
Session 10 - Management and mitigation of nitrate in crop production
Denitrification beds for removing nitrate from tile drain water - Tim Hartz, UC Davis
Fertilizer value of nitrate in irrigation water for lettuce production - Michael Cahn, UCCE Monterey County
Managing nitrogen in perennial crops - Patrick Brown, Saiful Muhammad, and Sebastian Saa – UC Davis
Business meeting and lunch – Noon – 1:45 p.m.