Twilight Field Day and Bus
This year, the event has been expanded to include an
afternoon bus tour to three San Joaquin Valley farms where conservation
agriculture systems are already being successfully implemented. Registrants
will gather at 1 p.m. at the UC Westside Research and Extension Center,
17353 West Oakland Ave., Five Points, to load the buses.
Johnny and Joann Tacharra Dairy in Burrel. The Tacharras
will explain their plans to apply dairy waste water through an overhead
irrigation system to grow forage crops.
Armando Galvan of Five Points Ranch. Galvan will
show how he refined his irrigation system to apply water to vegetable and row
crops. Galvan installs special nozzles and boom configurations on his overhead
irrigation drop lines that are designed to improve water infiltration and avoid
ponding and crusting on the soil surface.
Scott Schmidt of Farming 'D' Ranch in Five Points. Schmidt will
discuss the new management strategies that must be applied to successfully
implement new agricultural systems.
Following the tour, the participants reconvene at 4
p.m. at the UC Westside REC for a workshop on the economic and environmental
benefits of conservation agriculture systems. The event continues with a free
barbecue dinner, entertainment by the Wheelhouse Country Band and a keynote
address by Suat Irmak, director of the Nebraska Water Center and professor of
biological systems engineering. The Water Center was established at the
University of Nebraska by congressional mandate in 1964. Nebraska farms
currently lead the nation in adopting precision irrigation systems.
Following Irmak's presentation and discussion,
Mitchell will name the 2013 Conservation Tillage Farmer Innovator of the Year
The expanded event coincides with a concerted effort
by the Conservation Agricultural Systems Innovation (CASI)
Center to grow the conservation agriculture movement in California.
CASI is a diverse group of UC researchers, farmers, public and private industry
and environmental groups formed to develop and exchange information on
sustainable agricultural systems for California row crops.
"In each century, there are just a handful of
times when agriculture can transform itself in revolutionary ways,"
Mitchell said. "There is growing evidence that today presents one of those
rare chances for agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley to reinvent
The event is free but pre-registration is requested to
help with planning for the bus tour and dinner. Please R.S.V.P. by email to
Diana Nix at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by completing the online survey.
Labels: Armando Galvan Five Points, Burrel, Diana Nix, Farming D Five Points, Jeff Mitchell, Scott Schmidt, Sept. 12, Suat Irmak, Tacharra Dairy, Twilight Field Day, UC Westside Research and Education Center