The University of California Allium Workgroup and the California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board (CGORAB) will hold the 2009 California Garlic and Onion Symposium on Feb. 9 at the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) agriculture building auditorium in Tulare, Calif.

The program includes:

8:30 – Registration – Coffee and refreshments

8:55 – Welcome – Michelle Le Strange, Farm Advisor, UCCE Tulare County

9:00 – CGORAB market order update – Kevin Lehar, CGORAB

9:10 – Water availability outlook for 2009 – Sarah Woolf, Westlands Water District

9:30 – Water quality and VOCs: Fumigants, pyrethroids, & organophosphates – Jim Wells, president, Environmental Solutions Group

9:50 – Weed control update in onions – Michelle Le Strange

10:10 – Using GPS, guidance, & variable rate for increased profit – Rich Hiliker and Erik Ehn, Trimble Navigation

10:30 – Refreshment break

10:50 – Iris yellow spot virus (IYSV) in onions – Tom Turini, UCCE Farm Advisor, Fresno County

11:10 – Thrips identification and management for IYSV – Eric Natwick, UCCE Director, Imperial County

11:30 – Update on white rot control with fungicides in the San Joaquin Valley – Tom Turini

11:50 – An update on the experimental and commercial use of Folicur for white rot control in onions in Northern California – Harry Carlson, Farm Advisor Emeritus, Modoc County

12:10 – Pesticide registrations and regulatory outlook – Bob Ehn, CGORAB CEO and technical manager

12:20 – Lunch – courtesy of CGORAB

1:20 – Chemical company updates – 10 minute updates on products, registrations, and uses in California garlic and onion production – Bayer, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, Sipcam/Advan, ATI Zeba, Syngenta, Tessenderlo Kerley, and Valent

2:30 – Adjourn

2:45 – CGORAB Board of Directors meeting – UCCE Tulare County conference room

For reservations, call Michelle Le Strange at (559) 685-3303.

CE hours requested from DPR. CE hours requested from CCA.

The Tulare County Cooperative Extension office is located at 4437 S. Laspina Street in Tulare, directly across the street from World Ag Expo.