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 – 4:55pm

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, Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, 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
    Geetika Joshi, California Department of Food & Agriculture

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

  • Grower Responses to Emerging Regulations on Groundwater Management in California Relating to Nutrients and Salinity
    John Dickey, San Joaquin Valley Water Quality Coalition
  • Economics of Fertilizer Management
    Mike Ottman, Extension Agronomist, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California,Davis, CA; and Tim Hays, PCA, Buttonwillow, CA

2:15pm-4:25pm
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 Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, Davis, 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
    Rob Mikkelsen, IPNI, Sacramento, CA and Tim Hays, PCA, Buttonwillow, CA

4:30pm
Discussion and Session Summary: Improving Soil Health and Developing Strategies for your Farm
Panel Discussion Moderated by Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, 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

  • Western Dairy Trends
    Anja Raudabaugh, Western United Dairymen, Modesto, CA
  • Status of Western Hay and Forage Markets
    Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report, Ione, CA
  • California Regulatory Trends
    Jim Houston, California Farm Bureau Federation, Sacramento, CA
  • California Groundwater Situation and Groundwater Sustainability Act Thomas Harter, Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Discussion

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

  • ET-based Irrigation of Alfalfa: Principles and Practical Implementations
    Daniele Zaccaria, Irrigation Specialist, University of California, 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
  • California Alfalfa & Forage Association: Update on Activities
1:30pm – 5:00pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

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

  • Fear No Weevil: How to Manage Weevils in Alfalfa
    Rachael Long, UCCE Farm Advisor, Woodland, CA
  • Alfalfa Aphids, Caterpillars, Insecticides and IPM:  What did we see in 2018 and Implications for 2019
    Michael Rethwisch, UCCE Farm Advisor, Blythe, CA
  • Importance of IPM Practices for Pesticide Resistance Management
    Ian Grettenberger, Extension Entomologist, UC Davis, CA
  • Management of Diseases and Nematodes in Alfalfa
    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
  • Tools of the Trade: Approaches for Weed Management in Established Alfalfa
    Tom Getts, UCCE Farm Advisor, Susanville, CA
  • Poisonous Weeds have Problematic Impacts on Animals
    Larry Forero, UCCE Farm Advisor, Redding, CA
  • Agronomic Practices and Impacts on Pest Management: Varieties, Cropping Systems
    Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA
5:00pm – 7:00pm EXHIBITOR RECEPTION AND CAFA AUCTION

DAY THREE – Thursday, November 29th

8:00am – 12:15pm

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, Ag Issues Center, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Alfalfa & Wildlife – Why is it Important?
    Khara Strum, Audubon California, Sacramento, CA
  • Discussion

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

  • Recent Changes in California Dairy Ration Formulation Strategies that Impact the Future of Alfalfa Hay as a Dairy Feed
    Peter Robinson, Dairy Nutritionist, University of California, 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 of California – Charlie Brummer, Plant Sciences Department, University of California, Davis, CA
    DuPont Pioneer – Daniel Wiersma, Grimes, IA
    Forage Genetics Int’l – Dennis Cash, Bozeman, MT
    S & W Seeds – Mark Smith, Nampa, ID