2012 Fall Desert Crops Workshop Nov. 27, El Centro

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 • El Centro, CA

Past Event:

Speakers at 23rd annual Fall Desert Crops Workshop will discuss: insect management in winter vegetables; E. coli, salmonella, and listeria contamination, the future of herbicides, neonicotinoid use in melons, Asian citrus psyllid-Huanglongbing disease in citrus, and other current issues.

Eric Natwick and Khaled Bali of the University of California Cooperative Extension, Imperial County, are the conference organizers.

Western Farm Press is the official workshop sponsor. 

CEUs pending – 4.0 CEUs each for California, Arizona, and CAA. 

For more information and to register, contact Annette Tietz at (760) 352-9474 or


Keynote speaker

Tentative agenda

7:00 - Registration

7:10 - Welcome from Western Farm Press– Cary Blake, associate editor, Western Farm Press, Gilbert, Ariz.;

7:15 – Invasive pests in Imperial County agriculture – Asian citrus psyllid, red palm and South American palm weevils - Rachel Nilson, entomologist-plant pathologist, Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, El Centro, Calif.;

7:35 - California ground squirrel – a new Imperial County invasive species - Reyes Treviso, agricultural biologist, Imperial County Ag Commissioner’s Office, El Centro, Calif.;

8:35 - Management tips for insects in vegetable crops – John Palumbo, University of Arizona (UA) entomologist, UA Yuma Agricultural Center, Yuma County, Ariz.;

8:25 – Disease and pest update for lettuce, okra, and peppers - Jose Aguiar, vegetable crops farm a advisor, UCCE Riverside County, Indio, Calif.;

8:45 – Is neonicotinoid use in melon production harming the bees?- Vonny Barlow, entomology/agronomy farm advisor, UCCE Riverside County, Blythe, Calif.;

9:05 – The future for chemical, non-chemical weed control in winter vegetables - Barry Tickes, weed science Extension agent, YAC, Yuma;

9:25 - Break

9:40 – California leafy greens research program update – Mary Zischke, director, California Leafy Greens Program, Salinas, Calif.

9:50 – Crops, pests, and invasive species in China – Milton McGiffen, CE specialist and plant physiologist, UC Riverside, Riverside;

10:10 – Whitefly-transmitted viruses in desert-grown crops – William Wintermantel, plant pathologist, USDA-ARS, Salinas, Calif.;

10:25 – Latest developments in vegetable crop diseases - Steve Koike, UCCE plant pathology farm advisor, Monterey County;

10:45 – Industry pest management updates

11:05 – Survival of E. coli and salmonella in contaminated soil and current research towards remediation; on-farm and post-harvest sources of listeria contamination – Trevor Suslow, UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, Davis;

12:05 -Lunch(no charge for those who RSVP) – courtesy of Western Farm Pressand commercial suppliers.

Note: All times are California Standard Time (Arizona times are one hour later).

Location Details

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House of Steaks and Antipasto
201 N. Imperial Avenue
El Centro, California 92243
United States

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