Production Practices

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Most farmworkers learn their craft on-the-job as apprentices to veteran employees. As technology and the workforce evolve, the California Strawberry Commission offers educational opportunities for employees to increase their knowledge to better implement the best production practices available. Interactive classes have included sprayer calibration, bug vacuum optimization and irrigation & nutrient management.

Calibrate Your Sprayer

This training is recommended for employees that operate, maintain or make decisions with spray equipment on the ranch. We will discuss challenges and offer recommendations to improve spray rig performance. Topics will include tips for calculating the correct amount of spray per acre, tractor speed, avoiding drift, best practices for replacing nozzles and conventional spray rig maintenance.

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Making the Most of Your Bug Vacuum

For growers, ranch managers, foremen, and those who are involved in
maintaining and running the vacuum in your company.

The bug vacuum can be an important tool to help control lygus and other pests during the season. This demonstration will show ways to significantly improve vacuum performance. Topics include component modifications, maintenance and worker training.

Strawberry Irrigation and Nutrient Management Education Program

This program promotes the implementation of irrigation and nutrient best management practices. Workshops are designed for anyone that makes irrigation-related decisions on the ranch, including irrigators, ranch managers and growers. The hands-on, bilingual workshops cover basic principles & best practices for irrigation system design, operation and scheduling.

The following topics are covered in detail:

  • Pressure and flow monitoring procedures
  • >Distribution uniformity evaluation
  • Maintenance and operation of pressure regulating valves
  • Overview of primary irrigation system components and layout
  • Field demonstration of irrigation design concepts and challenges
  • Procedures for determining block and submain sizes
  • Troubleshooting common problems: slopes, soil types, low pressure, etc.
  • Procedures for determining and applying the correct amount of water
  • Overview of irrigation system monitoring tools
  • Installation procedures for soil moisture monitoring tools
  • Strategies for scheduling irrigation during different stages of development

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