The Annual Strawberry Production and Pest Management Meeting will feature updates on regulatory, production, fumigation, disease and pest management issues along with growers sharing their experiences . Cost is free and lunch will be provided. 3.5 hours of CCA and DPR CE Credits have been requested. The meeting will be held at Shepard Hall, Santa Maria Public Library, 421 S McClelland St, Santa Maria, Calif., 93454, on Friday, Dec. 9, 2011.


8 a.m. - Registration (No fee)

8:30 - Regulatory and fumigant label updates

Debbie Trupe, Supervising Ag Biologist, Santa Barbara Co Ag Commissioner Office

8:45 - Research and regulatory update from the California Strawberry Commission

Dan Legard, Director of Research, California Strawberry Commission, Watsonville

9 - California certified nurseries: pathogens of regulatory significance for the Santa Maria area

Heather Scheck, Plant Pathologist, Santa Barbara Co Ag Commissioner Office

9:15 - Fumigation alternatives for strawberry disease management

Oleg Daugovish, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor, UCCE, Ventura

9:40 - Methods to reduce fumigant emissions

Husein Ajwa, CE Specialist, University of California Davis, Salinas

10:05 - Break

10:20 - Disease developments for California strawberries

Steve Koike, Plant Pathology Advisor, UCCE, Salinas

10:45 - Powdery mildew, spider mite, and thrips management on strawberries

Surendra Dara, Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor, UCCE, San Luis Obispo

11:05 - Southern California strawberry production and variety research update

Kirk Larson, Pomologist and Strawberry Production Specialist, UC South Coast REC, Irvine

11:30 - Grower experiences and panel discussion

Greg France, Daren Gee, Fidel Sandoval, Bryan Gresser, Ivor Van Wingerden, and Dave Peck

12:30 p.m. - Lunch

Spanish interpretation will be provided.

Please pre-register by Dec. 2, 2011 online at or call Ingrid Schumann at 805-781-5940 for additional information. Early registration helps with arrangements.

Thanks to our meeting sponsors: California Strawberry Commission.