Fall Desert Crops Workshop, Dec. 5, El Centro

Thursday, December 5, 2013 • El Centro, CA

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Growers, pest control advisers, consultants, and other industry representatives can learn about the latest technology available for low desert crop production in California and Arizona at the 2013 Fall Desert Crops Workshop Dec. 5 in El Centro, Calif.

Speakers at the 24thannual workshop will discuss insect management in winter vegetables, the latest in leafy greens food safety research, the future of weed control in vegetables, neonicotinoid use in melons, the Asian citrus psyllid insect and Huanglongbing disease in citrus, and other issues.

The workshop is organized by Eric Natwick, Khaled Bali, Oli Bachie, and Sam Wang of the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) in Imperial County.

Western Farm Press is the workshop sponsor.


7:00 - Registration

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

7:15 - Overview of Asian citrus psyllid, Huanglongbing, and bio-control efforts in Southern Calfornia - Mark Hoddle, University of California, Riverside (UCR), Riverside, Calif.

7:35 - Asian citrus psyllid sampling and treatment options - Joseph Morse, UCR, Riverside.

7:55 - Update on invasive pest species in Imperial County - Laura Arellano, Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office, El Centro, Calif.

8:15 - New insecticides for desert vegetables – John Palumbo, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center, Yuma, Ariz.

8:35 - New management tools against plant parasitic nematodes - Ole Becker, UCCE Riverside.

8:55 – Nematode management – Antoon Ploeg, UCR.

9:15 – Break

9:30 – Sponsor updates

9:50 – Use of insect growth regulator applied at the 2nd week of squaring for lygus management – Vonny Barlow, UCCE Riverside County, Blythe.

10:10 – Trouble shooting vegetable production and pest problems – Jose Aguiar. UCCE Riverside County, Indio.

10:30 – Part one - Mechanical lettuce thinning – principles and practices - Sam Wang, UC Desert Research and Extension Center, El Centro.

10:50 - Part two - Mechanical lettuce thinning – Jon Magin, Vision Robotics, San Diego, Calif.

11:10 - An evaluation of chemical bird repellents for desert-area producers - Kurt Nolte, UA Cooperative Extension, Yuma County.

11:30 – Spatial CIMIS statewide weather monitoring system – implications for pest management, crop development, and irrigation management – Khaled Bali, UCCE Imperial County.

11:50 – Host plant resistance to cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus and Bemisia tabaci biotype B in melon – status and prospectus - James McCreight and William Wintermantel, USDA-ARS, Salinas, Calif.; and Eric Natwick.

12:10 - Lunch - provided at no charge for those who RSVP – courtesy of Western Farm Press and commercial suppliers.

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

The workshop will be held at the House of Steaks and Antipasto, 201 N. Imperial Ave., El Centro 92243. Park in the back of the building and enter through the rear entrance.

California and Arizona - 4.0 CEU hours. CCA – 5.0 CEU hours.

There is no cost to attend. Advanced registration is recommended. Attendees can register at the door.

For more information and to pre-register, contact UCCE’s Annette Tietz at (760) 325-9474 or

Location Details

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House of Steaks
201 N. Imperial Ave.
El Centro, California 92243
United States

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