Schedule of Events

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DAY ONE – Tuesday, November 27th

6:30am – 7:00pm SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
8:00am – 4:00pm EXHIBITOR SETUP
8:15am – 4:45pm

SOIL HEALTH AND FERTILITY WORKSHOP
(Workshop Chairs Dan Putnam and Daniel Geisseler, University of California Davis).  Top health forage production begins with the health of the soil, and understanding soil fertility and water management.  It’s well know that forages (especially legumes) contribute to healthy soils, but soils can still degrade in forage systems.  This workshop reviews the principles of soil fertility and soil health and provides hands-on training for soil fertility management for forage crops.  These crops include alfalfa, other legumes, and grass hay.  The  objective of the workshop is to develop better skill sets to manage soils, cropping systems, and nutrients to maximize yields, quality, soil health and meet water quality standards.

8:15am-10:15am 
Session 1:  What are the Principles of Soil Health and Nutrient Management? 

  • Principles of Soil Science, Soil Health, and Soil Fertility
    Daniel Geisseler, UC Davis, Davis, CA
  • Plant Nutrients: Their Role in Sustainability
    Rob Mikkelsen, IPNI, Sacramento, CA
  • Building Soil Health on your Farm
    Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA

10:30am-12:00pm
Session 2: Methods for Understanding Soil Fertility and California Soil Health Program

  • Methods for Soil Sampling and Plant Sampling for Alfalfa and Forage Crops
    Nick Clark, UCCE Farm Advisor, Hanford, CA
  • Methods of Lab Analysis and Interpretation of Data
    Danyal Kasapligil, Dellavalle Laboratory, Fresno, CA
  • Soil Amendments and Water and its Importance for Soil Fertility
    Jim Gregory, Verdegaal Brothers, Fresno, CA

  • 12:00 – Lunch – Healthy Soils Program, CDFA

1:00pm-2:10pm
Session 3: Economics and Policy

  • Grower Responses to Emerging Regulations on Groundwater Management in California Relating to Nutrients and Salinity
    Parry Klassen, Water Quality and Groundwater Coalitions
  • Economics of Fertilizer Management
    Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, UC Davis, CA and Tim Hays, PCA, Buttonwillow, CA

2:15pm-4:20pm
Session 4: Hands-on Workshop: Putting Soil Fertility and Health into Practice (Rotating Sessions)

  • Nitrogen Management in Grassy Forage Crops
    Mike Ottman, University of Arizona and Tim Hays, PCA, Buttonwillow, CA
  • Hands-on Soil Health and Interpretation
    Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Yuba City, CA and Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE Farm Advisor, Stockton, CA
  • Case Studies: Interpreting your Fertility Needs from Lab Results – Diagnosing Problems
    Daniel Geisseler, Soils Specialist, UC Davis, CA and Rob Mikkelsen, ICCI, Sacramento, CA

4:20pm
Discussion and Session Summary: Improving Soil Health and Developing Strategies for your Farm
Panel Discussion Moderated by Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, UC Davis, CA

5:00pm – 7:00pm

SYMPOSIUM WELCOME RECEPTION WITH EXHIBITORS

Hors D’oeuvres and No-Host Cocktails. Exhibits Open.

DAY TWO – Wednesday, November 28th

6:30am – 7:00pm SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION
7:00am-8:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
7:00am-7:00pm EXHIBITS OPEN
8:00am-Noon

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

  • 8:00 – Welcome & Introduction

8:10am-10:00am
Forage, Dairy Trends and Regulatory Issues

  • Status and Current Trends in Western Hay and Forage Markets
    Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report, Ione, CA
  • Western Dairy Trends
    Anja Raudabaugh, Western United Dairymen, Modesto, CA
  • California Regulatory Trends
    Richard Matteis, California Farm Bureau Federation
  • California Groundwater Situation and Groundwater Sustainability Act Thomas Harter, UC Davis, CA
  • Discussion

10:30am-12:00pm
Water Management and Productivity

  • ET-based Irrigation of Alfalfa: Principles and Practical Implementations
    Daniele Zaccaria, Irrigation Specialist, UC Davis, CA
  • Opportunities for Automation of Surface Irrigation
    Khaled Bali, UCCE, Kearney Ag Center, Parlier, CA
  • Opportunities for Management of Alfalfa under High Salinity
    Sharon Benes, California State University, Fresno, CA
  • Discussion
12:00 Noon

SYMPOSIUM LUNCH

  • Jim Kuhn Award
  • Update on California and National Research
1:30pm – 5:00pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

1:30pm-3:00pm
Pest Management I

  • Importance of IPM Practices for Pesticide Resistance Management
    Ian Grettenberger, Extension Entomologist, UC Davis, CA
  • Fear No Weevil: How to Manage Alfalfa Weevils
    Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor, Woodland, CA
  • IPM Practices for Managing Aphids and Worms in Alfalfa
    Mike Rethwisch, UCCE Farm Advisor, Blythe, CA
  • Management of Nematodes and Alfalfa Diseases
    Don Miller, Plant Breeder, Alforex Seeds, Nampa, ID
  • Discussion

3:30pm-5:00pm
Pest Management II

  • Managing Weeds in Organic and Conventional Seedling Alfalfa
    Mariano Galla, UCCE Farm Advisor, Orland, CA
  • Strategies for Difficult to Control Weeds
    Tom Getts, UCCE Farm Advisor, Susanville, CA
  • Poisonous Weeds have Important Impacts on Animals
    Larry Forero, UCCE Farm Advisor, Redding, CA
  • Agronomic Practices Impacts on Pest Management: Varieties, Cropping Systems
    Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, UC Davis, CA
5:00pm – 7:00pm EXHIBITOR RECEPTION AND CAFA AUCTION

DAY THREE – Thursday, November 29th

8:00am – 12:30pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

8:00am-10:00am
Exports, Environment, and Forage Quality

  • Introduction
  • Hay Export Trends
    John Szczepanski, US Forage Export Council, Portland, OR
  • US Farm Bill, International Trade and Potential Impacts on Forage Crops
    Dan Sumner, UC Davis, CA
  • Alfalfa & Wildlife – Why is it Important?
    Khara Strum, Audubon California, Sacramento, CA
  • Discussion

10:25am-12:15pm
Alfalfa Genetics and Quality

  • Western Dairy Rations and Changing Role of Forages
    Peter Robinson, Dairy Nutritionist, UC Davis, CA
  • Evolution of Laboratory Measurements – Current and Future Opportunities
    Ralph Ward, Cumberland Valley Analytical Labs, Waynesboro, PA
  • Reduced Lignin Trait in Alfalfa Results from Multi-State Trials
    Kim Cassida, Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
  • Innovations in Alfalfa Genetics – Presentations and Round Table Discussion
    University
    Alforex Seeds
    Forage Genetics Int’l
    S & W Seeds