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UC Nursery and Floriculture Alliance

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.


Time Title Presenter/Topics
8:00am Registration Continental Breakfast
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
Using Microirrigation
Dr. Ben Faber, Farm Advisor, UCCE Ventura/Santa Barbara Cos. An overview of irrigation systems: sprinkler, micro irrigation and improving irrigation performance.
10:10am Break  
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)
1:05pm  Travel  
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).  
2:10pm Travel  
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  
4:00pm Adjourn  




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

Comfort Inn
112 Airport Blvd., 
Watsonville, CA, US, 95076
Phone: (831) 728-2300



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