Southern California and Southwest Arizona growers and pest control advisers should mark their calendars for Nov. 4 to attend the 19th annual Fall Desert Crops Workshop at the Barbara Worth Resort, 2050 Country Club Drive, Holtville, Calif., 92250.

The workshop is free and will cover a wide range of topics ranging from E. coli, to a new bioenergy crop called Jatropha, to the pest Asian citrus psyllid recently found in San Diego County.

The University of California (UC) and University of Arizona (UA) have organized the conference program. Eric Natwick, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) director, Imperial County, is the conference chairman. Western Farm Press is the official conference sponsor.

Continuing education credit is pending for California and Arizona, plus CCA credit.

The tentative agenda includes:

7:30 - Registration

7:45 - Welcome - Cary Blake, Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

7:50 - Invasive Plant Management - Carl Bell, Regional Invasive Plants Advisor, UCCE, San Diego County, San Diego, Calif.

8:20 - Vegetable Insect Management - John Palumbo, Research Scientist and Extension Specialist, UA Yuma Agricultural Center, Yuma, Ariz.

8:50 - An Overview of Producing VRA (Variable Rate Application) Prescription Maps - Kurt Nolte, Director, UA Cooperative Extension, Yuma County, Yuma, Ariz.

9:10 - Jatropha: A Potential New Crop for Desert Agriculture and Bio-Energy Production - Sham Goyal, Agronomy Specialist, UC Davis, Davis, Calif.

9:30 - Update on E. coli and Other Human Pathogens Concerning Leafy Vegetables - Mark Trent, Vegetable Crop Farm Advisor, UCCE, Imperial County, Holtville, Calif.

10:00 - Break

10:15 - Update on Asian Citrus Psyllid - Eric Natwick, Director, UCCE, Imperial County, Holtville, Calif.

10:35 - Citrus Greening Disease - Marylou Polek, Plant Pathologist, California Department of Food and Agriculture, Sacramento, Calif.

11:00 - Weed Management in Citrus - Milton McGiffen Jr., Plant Physiologist, UCCE, UC Riverside, Riverside, Calif.

11:25 - Update on Tomato Yellow Leaf Curl Virus and Tomato Phytoplasma: Implications for California Tomato Production - Maria Rojas or Robert Gilbertson - Plant Biologist, UC Davis, Davis, Calif.

11:45 - Epidemiology and Management of Cucurbit Yellow Stunting Disorder Virus in Desert Melons - Judith Brown, Professor, UA, Tucson, Ariz.

12:05 - Lunch - Courtesy of Western Farm Press and commercial sponsors.

All times are California standard time. For more information and to pre-register, contact Eric Natwick at etnatwick@ucdavis.edu or (760) 352-9474, or Cary Blake, associate editor, Western Farm Press, at cblake@farmpress.com or (480) 248-9735. Growers may register at the door.