The Almond Pest Management Alliance, a collaborative project of almond industry stakeholders aimed at demonstrating reduced risk best management practices in almonds, will present its first field day June 25 in Fresno County.

The field day will be held at two demonstration orchards, starting at 9 a.m. at Pik-A-Lok orchard in Mendota, then moving at 11:30 a.m. to Windfall Farms in Firebaugh.

University of California Cooperative Extension IPM Specialist Walt Bentley, farm advisors Brent Holtz and David Doll and Mario Viveros, retired farm advisor, will present workshops on wind damage, preventing and controlling almond diseases, and navel orangeworm monitoring and control.

The Almond Pest Management Alliance is a cooperative effort among industry stakeholders including the Almond Board of California, Almond Hullers and Processors Association, Community Alliance with Family Farmers, UC Statewide IPM Program, UC Cooperative Extension, pest control advisors and growers, the California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation and U.S. EPA Region 9. The project works with growers in three regions to establish demonstration orchards that showcase locally effective Best Management Practices to control pests using the latest research and pest control materials.

The field day is open to growers, PCAs and anyone else interested in learning more about this cooperative effort. Three hours of PCA, CCA and private applicator credits are available.

Lunch will be provided by Dow AgroSciences. Please RSVP by June 20 to confirm lunch reservations.

For more information or to RSVP, please call Marcia Gibbs of the Community Alliance with Family Farmers at (530) 756-8518, ext. 34.