Fall Desert Crops Workshop Dec. 7 at Imperial, Calif.

Topics include water management strategies, automated weeders for vegetables, advances in alfalfa insect management, and Rhodes grass as a potential forage crop, and others

Growers, pest control advisers, crop specialists, and other industry members involved in California and Arizona low desert agriculture will receive key updates at the 2017 Fall Desert Crops Workshop, Dec. 7 at Imperial, Calif.

Speakers at the 28th annual workshop will discuss water management strategies, automated weeders for vegetables, advances in crop pest management, possible new desert crops, and other issues.

The morning event will be held at Farm Credit Services Southwest (Ag Center Room) located at 485 Business Park Way, Imperial, Calif. 92251.

The free workshop is organized by UCCE Imperial County staff led by director Oli Bachie; and by Cary Blake, Western Farm Press. Farm Press is the official workshop sponsor.


6:30 – Registration;

7:00 - Welcome from Western Farm Press - Cary Blake, editor;

7:05 – Estimating water management strategies in the low desert - Ali Montazar, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Imperial County;

7:25 – Estimating sunflower crop water use in the Imperial Valley – Khaled Bali, UC Kearney Agriculture Research & Extension Center, and Ali Montazar;

7:45 – Water-nutrient management in vegetables using CropManage web application – Michael Kahn, UCCE Monterey County;

8:05 – Comparison of drip-furrow irrigation for onion production - Jairo Diaz, Desert Research & Extension Center, Holtville;

8:25 – Automated weeders, a new path to improved weed control in vegetables – Steve Fennimore – USDA-ARS, Salinas;

8:45 – Evaluation of saflufenacil herbicide on non-dormant alfalfa – Pratap Devkota, UCCE Imperial County;

9:05 – Sponsor industry updates – Craig Pauly, BASF; Ralph Land, Bayer CropScience; David Jaime, ADAMA; Dawn Klawitter, Alforex Seeds; Junior Evans, DowDuPont; and Larry Parker, Westbridge Agricultural Products;

9:40 – Break;

9:55 – What is new in alfalfa insect management in the Southwest low desert – Kyle Harrington, University of Arizona, Phoenix;

10:15 - Biologicals against plant-parasitic nematodes – hip, hype, and hope – Ole Becker, UC Riverside;

10:35 – Nematodes of grasses overview – Antoon Ploeg, UC Riverside;

10:55 – Melon powdery mildew race variation in California – James McCreight, USDA-ARS, Salinas;

11:15 – Update on invasive pest species in Imperial County – Laura Arellano, Imperial County Ag Commissioner’s Office;

11:35 – Cover cropping for the low desert – Jose Aguiar, UCCE Riverside County;

11:55 - Rhodes grass – a potential forage crop – Oli Bachie, UCCE Imperial County, and Stan Paynter, Select Seeds Ltd.; and

12:15 – Lunch – please stay for lunch – Courtesy of Western Farm Press and commercial suppliers

Note: All times are Pacific Standard Time (one-hour earlier for Mountain Standard Time).

California DPR - 3.5 hours (#M-1259-17); CCA - 5.0 hours (CA 55343); and Arizona Department of Agriculture - 3.5 hours (#17991) 

Pre-registration is recommended but not required. Contact Andrea Estrada at (760) 352-9474 or [email protected]

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