University of California Alfalfa & Forages
Alfalfa Leaf Image 2018 California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium
& Soil Health and Fertility Workshop Alfalfa Leaf Image
Producing Healthy Forage Systems
November 27th - November 29th, 2018 | Reno, NV

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The organizers of the 2018 California Alfalfa & Grains Conference wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the many sponsors of this year's conference.

SOIL HEALTH AND FERTILITY WORKSHOP

8:15 Introduction: Why is Soil Health Important? Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA Video Slides (PDF)

SESSION I - What are the Principles of Soil Health and Nutrient Management?

8:30 Principles of Soil Science, Soil Health, and Soil Fertility Daniel Geisseler, Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA Video Slides (PDF)

9:00 Plant Nutrients: Their Role in Sustainability Rob Mikkelsen, IPNI, Sacramento, CA Video

9:30 Building Soil Health on Your Farm Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE, San Joaquin County, Stockton, CA Video Slides (PDF)

10:00 DISCUSSION Video

SESSION II - Methods for Understanding Soil Fertility & CA Soil Health Program

10:30 Methods for Soil Sampling and Plant Sampling for Alfalfa and Forage Crops Nick Clark, UCCE Farm Advisor, Hanford, CA Video

10:50 Methods of Lab Analysis and Interpretation of Data Danyal Kasapligil, Dellavalle Laboratory, Inc., Fresno, CA Video Slides (PDF)

11:30 Soil Amendments and Water and its Importance for Soil Fertility Jim Gregory, Verdegaal Brothers, Hanford, CA Video Slides (PDF)

12:00 DISCUSSION Video

LUNCH Healthy Soils Program Andrew Whitaker, California Department of Food & Agriculture Slides (PDF)


SESSION III - Economics and Policy

1:00 Grower Responses to Emerging Regulations on Groundwater Management in California Related to Nutrients and Salinity John Dickey, Southern San Joaquin Valley Water Quality Coalition Video

1:30 Economics of Fertilizer Management Mike Ottman, Extension Agronomist, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA; Tim Hays, PCA, Buttonwillow, CA Video

SESSION IV - Hands-on Workshop: Putting Soil Fertility and Health into Practice

2:15 BREAKOUT 1: Nitrogen Management in Grassy Forage Crops Mike Ottman, Extension Agronomist, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA Video Slides (PDF)

3:00 BREAKOUT 2: Hands-on Soil Health and Interpretation Sarah Light, UCCE Farm Advisor, Yuba City, CA, and Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, UCCE Farm Advisor, Stockton, CA Video

3:45 BREAKOUT 3: Case Studies: Interpreting your Fertility Needs from Lab Results—Diagnosing Problems Rob Mikkelsen, IPNI, Sacramento, CA; Tim Hays, PCA, Buttonwillow, CA Video

4:30 Discussion & Session Summary: Improving Soil Health: Developing Strategies for your Farm Panel moderated by Dan Putnam, Forage Specialist, University of California, Davis, CA Video


CONTINUING EDUCATION
The following CE credits have been approved. Please sign in/out of each session you attend to be eligible for credits. Sign in sheets will be provided in the meeting rooms of each qualifying session.

Certified Crop Advisor

  • 4.5 hours Soil & Water Management
  • 3.0 hours Integrated Pest Management
  • 8.5 hours Crop Management
  • 3.0 hours Professional Development

Pesticide CE Credits

  • Arizona: 2.5 hours
  • California: 4 hours
  • Oregon: 3 hours
  • Nevada: 4.5 hours
  • Montana: 4 hours
  • Idaho: 3 hours
  • Utah: 4.5 hours
  • Washington: 3.5 hours