Imperial Valley will host a conference April 13 on one of the most threatening pests every to face California and Arizona agriculture.

The University of California Cooperative Extension office and its entomology-county director farm advisor Eric Natwick is hosting “Whitefly Insecticide Resistance Management Workshop” at the Barbara Worth Country Club, Holtville, Calif., on April 13. Other hosts include University of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Imperial County Farm Bureau and Imperial County Whitefly Management Committee Sponsors are Bayer CropSciences, Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., DuPont Crop Protection and Cerexagri, Inc.

”I have invited some very high powered speakers to address this issue that is of vital importance to Arizona and California, especially now that the Q Biotype has been found in 18 states,” said Natwick.

”This meeting will be vital for growers and pest control advisers from Imperial, Yuma, Coachella and Blythe as we face this growing threat,” said Natwick.

For additional information contact UCCE Imperial County Office; (760) 352-9474 (voice); (760) 352-0846 (fax).

Program

7:15 a.m. Registration.

Presentations Starting at 7:45 a.m. Lunch will follow the program.

  • History of Whitefly Problems in the Desert Southwest; Eric Natwick, UCCE.

  • Successful Management Adapted to a Mobile, Polyphagus Whitefly Pest in a Diverse Cropping system; Peter Ellsworth, University of Arizona, Maricopa, Ariz.

  • A Grower Initiated Model for Sustaining Neonicotinoid Efficacy Across Commodities; John Palumbo, UA, Yuma, Ariz.

  • Relationship of Bioassay Results to Field Performance of Neonocotinoids against Bemisia tabaci; Steve Castle, USDA, ARS, Phoenix, Ariz.

  • First Detection of Q biotype of Bemisia tabaci in the Americas, Progression of Subsequent Detections, Ramifications and Response: Timothy Dennehy, UA, Tucson, Ariz.

  • Industry's Approach to Ensuring Sustained Efficacy of Key Insecticides Classes for Whitefly Control: Roy Whitson, Cerexagri, Inc., Danny Tamayo, DuPont; David Belles, Syngenta Crop Protection and Mark White, Bayer CropSciences.