The 2009 California Pistachio Water Day is scheduled for Jan. 14 at the Visalia Convention Center in Visalia, Calif., from 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The event will be moderated by Brent Holtz and Robert Beede, farm advisors, University of California (UC) Cooperative Extension, Madera and Kings counties.

The program includes:

7:00 a.m. - Registration

8:00 - “California water: managing crisis and opportunity” -

Tim Quinn, Director, Association of California Water Agencies;

8:30 – “Water relations, water requirements, and irrigation scheduling” -

David Goldhamer, Irrigation Specialist, UC Davis;

9:15 – “Drought strategies: how to best manage a limited water supply and impact on current and future production” -

David Goldhamer;

10:00 – “Fine tuning your micro-irrigation system” -

Larry Schwankl, Irrigation Specialist, UC Davis;

10:30 - Break

11:00 – “Water and botryosphaeria and alternaria blights” -

Themis Michailides, Plant Pathologist, UC Kearney Ag Center/UC Davis;

11:30 – “Navel orangeworm sanitation, insecticide efficacy, and factors related to damage” -

Joel Siegel, USDA-ARS, Entomologist, Parlier, Calif.;

12:00 - “Navel orangeworm management: results from large scale field trials” -

Brad Higbee, Research Entomologist, Paramount Farming Company;

12:30 – Lunch

Update of Western Pistachio Association and California Pistachio Research Board activities - Bob Klein or Tom Coleman

Registration is required and costs $30 (includes a hot lunch). Online registration with a credit card is available at: http://ucanr.org/2009pistachioday.

PCA & CCA credit has been requested.

For more information, contact Penny Stockdale at (530) 754-8523.