Irrigation Management Efficiency and Water Conservation in Nurseries (Watsonville)
UCCE Santa Cruz Co. Auditorium (directions)
1432 Freedom Blvd.
Watsonville, CA 95076
June 19, 2014
8:00am – 4:00pm
Moderator: Steve Tjosvold, Farm Advisor, UCCE Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties
California’s current drought is imposing significant impacts on California agriculture. This program provides basic information and practical solutions for improving irrigation efficiency to make the best use of available irrigation water. There will be morning presentations and an afternoon field trip to various sites demonstrating principles and practices.
This statewide program is being supported by a California Department of Water Resources grant.
|8:30am||Introduction and Overview||Steve Tjosvold, Farm Advisor, UCCE Santa Cruz/Monterey Cos.|
|8:40am||Irrigation Scheduling||Dr. Richard Evans, UCCE Environmental Horticulturist, UC Davis When and how much water to apply in containers and in field soil. What are the options to measure irrigation demand? Other factors to consider: leaching fraction in containers.|
|9:25am||Improving Irrigation Performance
|Dr. Ben Faber, Farm Advisor, UCCE Ventura/Santa Barbara Cos. An overview of irrigation systems: sprinkler, micro irrigation and improving irrigation performance.|
|10:30am||Irrigation Management Technology and Soil Moisture Sensors||Dr. Loren Oki, UCCE Assoc. Specialist in Landscape Horticulture, UC Davis How does a grower start to use sensor technology? How do sensors work and what type of sensors are available? What sensors to use in pots? What to use in field soil?|
|11:15am||Water harvesting and recycling, and NRCS Grants||Rich Casale, District Conservationist (USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Capitola, CA.)|
|11:45am||Water Conservation Programs and RCD Grants||Lisa Lurie, Conservation Program Specialist, Resource Conservation District of Santa Cruz County|
|12:00pm||Lunch and Board Bus||Pick up box lunch and board bus, travel to first tour stop (times are approximate)|
|12:20pm||Ag-Rite, Watsonville||Field demonstration of water sensors and associated technology (Russel Maridon)|
|1:25pm||Terra Sole Nursery, Watsonville||Demonstration of the components of a water harvesting system on a relatively small container plant nursery. The system reduces the nursery’s dependence on well water and increases water conservation (John and Sherry Hall).|
|2:40pm||Kitayama Nursery||Early efforts in using irrigation technology with water sensors and adapting to preexisting greenhouse environmental control technology (Carol Kitayama and Jimmy Zheng). Water conservation practices in nursery (Rich Casale). Keston Giudici of Hortau will speak on greenhouse environmental control technology.|
|3:40pm||Return to UCCE|
Registration $35 per person
Online Registration (credit cards only)
Fax or Mail in Registration (checks or credit cards)
UCNFA has not reserved any blocks of hotel rooms for this event.
A list of available hotels/motels in the Watsonville area can be found here:
Pajaro Valley Chamber of Commerce/Business Directory/Hotels
112 Airport Blvd.,
Watsonville, CA, US, 95076
Phone: (831) 728-2300
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