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Lalitha Vish  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA

Subject: Soil sampling rover and other farm bots

while working and doing my homework on my small acreage farm bot, i came across an interesting use case for automation in the field.

i spoke to the founder and got some details. It is made for soil core extraction and has a couple of depth/densities option.

85 acres/hour. 800 acres/day. 6 sample cores every 2.5 acres. It even sleeves the soil cores. GPS-RTK. Moves and selects grids. Will remember the spot so it will go back to same spot the next year. Tracked. 5500 lbs. works best in fall and spring.
Mine is a multi functional platform for a smal acreage(sun 100 acre) farm. Would like ideas on what else farmers would like such a roaming/mapping/sensing platform could do....and how many hours it would save in a farm block of 5 acres. The key is to be able to cram as many tasks in one pass. After talking to him, I realized that soil sampling is also a valuable function for a small farm bot. For
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02/07/19

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  |  Jellicles Farm  |  Sunol , CA commented

Thanks, Hasan. That was valuable input. I agree that agrobotics is multi platform and multi disciplinary. There is no doubt that it is tough. Having said that, we ..as farmers..have an opportunity to influence the next paradigm shift in how the upcoming version of farming will shape up..when we went from horses to tractors, it changed everything. And then some more. At some point, farming became a domain that was out of reach of farmers‘ grasp...today conventional practices aid and also harm ag production. there is no kill switch to detect and deter excesses of erosion or tillage or chemical pollution or pest pressure.

There are two arenas. Where a new technology is born and the other is where it Is implemented. The impact of the act of farming the soil continues and is cumulative on soil, environment, water and even markets. And now as Ag changes again, farmers have a chance to speak up and taking

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02/12/19 8:19 AM

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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Pesticide alternative

I have read numerous papers about flame weeding over the years but never one about an important side effect. A few years ago, I had all of my chard beds ruined by black aphids farmed by ants who feed the honey dew to their young. Ants carry aphids down the rows plant to plant and fight off lady bugs and other beneficiaries. 100% crop loss. I took my propane torch and cooked all the beds. Killed everything - ants, aphids, slugs, diabrotica, mold, bacterial spot, caterpillars, egg masses - except the chard which grew back beautiful in four weeks. My collards were destroyed by slugs. Flamed the ground and lower leaves and the new leaves are clean. This is also great for trap crops. I grow arugula under row covers to keep out flea beetles. After harvest I can remove the cover and the flea beetles go nuts. Flaming takes them out with no resistance possible and no pesticide applicators license... Read More

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02/10/19
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Kaley Grimland  |  Sol Seeker Farm  |  Prunedale, CA

Subject: Custom egg carton printing

Can anyone provide vendors to get custom egg cartons printed? I have searched the internet and cant locate what I want. Trying to stay away from cheesy printed boxes where we solely add our farm name. I would love to use a picture of our farm\ hens and incorporate nutritional facts and required regulatory language. These would be cartons for retail. Thanks in advance!

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02/10/19
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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Events coming up in February!

Below are 23 events coming up in February! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar.

2/7-10: Sustainable Food & Farm Conference - Grass Valley
2/7-8: Regenerative Ag in Practice: Cover Cropping & Dry Farming Workshop - Paicines
2/7: Webinar: Nutrient Management for Crops, Soil and the Environment - Online
2/7: Weather, Grass, & Drought: Planning for Uncertainty - Tulare
2/8: Online & In-Person – Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Poultry Nutrition Basics and Egg Quality - Davis
2/9: Cattle Improvement / Beef Producer Symposium - Davis
2/11: Integrated Regional Water Management Stakeholder Workshop - Hollister
2/12: Organic Soil Fertility for Vegetables and Strawberries - Salinas
2/13: Finding Farmland in Aromas - Aromas
2/14: 2019 UCCE Annual Strawberry Production Research Meeting - Santa Cruz County
2/16: Healthy Animals, Healthy People: Maintaining Livestock

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02/06/19, updated
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Shelly Connor  |  Wild Farm Alliance  |  Watsonville

Subject: New Resource: Supporting Beneficial Birds and Managing Pest Birds

Hello everyone,

I work with an organization called Wild Farm Alliance. Our mission is to promote a healthy, viable agriculture that protects and restores wild nature. We just released a new resource to help farmers support beneficial birds and manage pest birds.

You can find the new resource here.

Birds can help on the farm to keep pest insects, rodents and pest birds at bay. When habitat is provided for beneficial birds, bringing them closer to crops, farmers may be able to reduce pest-control costs. Beneficial birds can help with production in the same way as beneficial insects. This new resource includes:

  • Colorful Accounts of How Birds Can be Beneficial in Crops and on Pasture
  • USDA’s Historic Economic Ornithology Division
  • How Best to Manage and Co-exist with Pest Birds
  • Why On-Farm Habitat and the Surrounding Landscape Influences Pest Control
  • What Farmers Can Do to Make Farms More Bird-Friendly
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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Trees, Vines & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Farmland Conservation, Sales & Estate Planning, Wildlife Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Women in Agriculture, Weather & Climate Change

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01/30/19
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Brandon Sanders  |  RobinSong Farms  |  Templeton, CA

Subject: mice and voles

I'm curious what others do to control small rodents in crops, particularly in cucurbits. We already trap for gophers and squirrels, but we also have mice and voles spending a lot of time in our squash and melon fields. At the moment, I don't have much preference between deterrent or kill methods, but I'd like to hear examples of either. Long-term, we would like to focus on deterrents, but we would like to get a handle on them. Mowing the open areas does not seem to be increasing the amount of raptor kills by much (at least not noticeably in the rodent populations), so it is time to be more proactive... I'm interested in hearing any sort of suggestions...

In Topics Pest & Disease Management, Wildlife Management

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07/24/16

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  |  Humane Wildlife Control Inc  |  Moss Landing commented

Barn owls are a natural way to very successfully control gopher and other nocturnal rodents. We build and sell our boxes but will gladly send building instructions for free. Cats do too much damage to native wildlife and pollute the ecosystem with toxoplasmosis that can get into the watershed. We recommend against free-roaming cats. Also, we have had excellent success in wiping out gophers and ground squirrels using carbon monoxide (CO). It's safe and a humane death and does not risk poisoning predators.

01/25/19 9:55 AM

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Wylie Goodman  |  Big Apple Farmers and Gardeners  |  Brooklyn

Subject: Creating small farm for justice-involved youth

I am working on a grant to create an urban farming program for justice-involved youth in a secure detention center. The space we have to work with for farming is indeterminate, but likely a concrete courtyard of approximately 10,000 s.f. as well as small individual "patios" where one could build planters and such of around 50-60 sf each. The program would ideally be as mobile as possible, in the event that the configuration changes. I am looking for guidance/resources re: to creating a realistic budget for building out a farm for this population as well as tools, supplies, etc. to maintain it. The grant is for three years, with a budget of $200K per year to be divided across staff, administration, and supplies.

In Topics Business & Financial Planning, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers, Urban Agriculture

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01/12/19

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  |  Big Apple Farmers and Gardeners  |  Brooklyn commented

Thank you both. If there are any PDFs or resources you know about to help youth build their own basic indoor, vertical, or hydroponic systems, please let me know! Thank you.

01/15/19 4:43 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: 27 Events coming up in January!

Below are 27 events coming up in January! To track the latest as they are added, do check out our full Events Calendar. Happy new year!

In Progress: 2018-2019 International Soils Meeting - San Diego
1/8: Webinar: Crop Insurance for Beginners - Online
1/8: Farmer/Buyer Mixer - Sebastopol

1/9: 2019 San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium - Easton
1/9: Webinar: Farm Bill Update - Online
1/9: Webinar: Water Management and Water Quality - Online
1/10: Agritourism Intensive (1st of 3 classes) - Santa Cruz
1/14: Webinar: Predator Protection for Livestock - Online
1/15: Deadline for early registration: 6th California Climate & Agriculture Summit - Online
1/15: New Frontiers in Sacramento Valley Farming - Woodland
1/15: Preventing Catastrophic Wildfire in California – The Role for Livestock Grazing - Stockton
1/15: Pastured and Free-Range Poultry Workshop: Coop Design, Regulations, Economics, & Marketing - Online &

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01/08/19
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Greg Nilsen  |  Wine Country Cuisine  |  Santa Rosa, CA

Subject: Share Cropping concept

I farm by myself as I have never been able to make money from other people’s work. I just had a 49% sales increase for 2018, all to rock solid business customers that pay within 14 days. This would seem like the time to hire help, however the realities of employee costs due to wages, taxes, insurance and legal compliance are unaffordable. I read ads for farm help paying $12/hr. and have to wonder what that buys. Given the new Food Safety Modernization Act, I can’t imagine a $12 person being consistently clean enough to touch food. Could they read and follow a printed work order and note any changes and enter those changes into the computer? Do they love their work and want only the best and most beautiful produce for your customers?

I would like to find a younger partner to pass my business on to and was approached by a recent Chico State grad looking for a career change to farming. It is almost

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01/06/19
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  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA commented

I would very strongly suggest that you edit or remove this post at minimum to remove your name and the name of your business as the arrangement you outline is almost certainly a violation of multiple CA and federal labor laws. Both the IRS and the state of CA are cracking down on abuse of Independent Contractor status to avoid payroll taxes and other regulatory requirements.

You are also mis-using the term "Share Cropping". When done legally, "Share Cropping" is a relationship between a landowner and a farm business that involves the farm business managing a property or crop and paying the landowner a share of the gross or net proceeds instead of cash rent per acre. It is a relationship outlined in a legal contract. One benefit of Share Cropping as opposed to a lease is that the share paid to the Landlord can be accounted for as a Cost of Sale rather than an expense.

The arrangement you are

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01/06/19 12:37 PM

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FarmsReach Team  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA

Subject: Marketing & Sales Series: Pt 10 ~ Labeling Solutions & the Produce Traceability Initiative (

Today, our Marketing & Sales series continues with information on the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), including a Q&A with Top 10 Produce founder, John Bailey.

Many members of our farming community are already familiar with PTI regulations and have found labeling solutions that work for them. However, if you’re new to these requirements or are thinking of selling your product outside of direct to consumer sales channels, this is important information to know.

Read on to learn more about how the PTI was developed, what type of labels are required for your product, and why Top 10 Produce may be a great starting point if you’re a small farmer looking into labeling solutions!

http://blog.farmsreach.com/marketing-sales-series-pt-9-labeling-solutions-the-produce-traceability-initiative-pti/

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  |  Ecogistix  |  Discovery Bay commented

Anyone who needs a free PTI traceability solution, send me an email an email - jsanchez@ecogistix.com

12/30/18 7:31 AM

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