The 16th annual Desert Vegetable Workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Yuma Convention Center, Yuma, Ariz.

Sponsored by the University of Arizona, University of California and Western Farm Press along with many of the areas commercial suppliers, the agenda will cover a wide range of subjects.

Kurt Nolte, University of Arizona Cooperative Area Extension Agent for Yuma County, is program chairman.

The workshop is free. Contact Nolte (knolte@ag.arizona.edu) or Harry Cline, editor of Western Farm Press (hcline@farmpress.com) for more information and advance registration. Registration will also be available at the door.

Continuing education credit is pending for four hours of California, Arizona and CCA credit.

Here is the agenda for the workshop:

7:30-8 a.m. Registration

8 Recent Research on Lettuce Fusarium Wilt. Mike Matheron, Plant Pathologist, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center.

8:30 An Update on Vegetable Food Safety for PCAs. Jorge Fonseca, Vegetable Specialist, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center.

9 Weed Management in Fall Produce - Research Update. Rick Bottoms, UC Desert Research and Extension Center Director / UC Cooperative Extension Vegetable Crops Advisor, Imperial County.

9:30 Influence of Application Timing on Control of Lettuce Drop Caused by Sclerotinia Sclerotiorum and Identification of Lettuce Diseases. Thomas Turini, Plant Pathology Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, Imperial Valley.

10 Insect Management in Cole Crops. Eric Natwick, UC Cooperative Extension, Imperial Valley.

10:30 El Nino 2007 and the Forecast for Pest Management. Paul Brown, Vegetable Specialist, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center.

11 Perchlorate Levels in the Lower Colorado River Basin and its impact on Desert Agriculture. Charles Sanchez, University of Arizona, Yuma Agriculture Center.

11:30 Challenges Facing the Future of PCA Sustainability. Terry Stark, CAPCA.

Noon Lunch, Sponsored by Western Farm Press and commercial suppliers