The latest developments in weed control will take center stage at UC Davis once again when scores of scientists, students, regulators and others gather July 14 for the campus’s 55th annual Weed Day.

The event is held each July to give pest control advisers, farm advisers, chemical company representatives, college faculty and students, and regulatory officials the opportunity to learn more about current weed science research at UC Davis.

“We look forward to another great turnout with a wide range of weed-control demonstrations,” said Cooperative Extension Specialist Brad Hanson from the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, who is chairing this year’s event. “Weed Day provides a great opportunity to see, first hand, weed research being conducted on campus and to find out what we are doing throughout the state.”

Presentation topics will include weed control in fresh-market tomato crops, residual herbicides in almond and walnut orchards, herbicide drift in row crops, thermal soil disinfestation, weed-risk assessment for the horticulture industry and many more. A complete agenda and registration information are available at: http://wric.ucdavis.edu/events/weed_day_2011.htm.

The event begins at 7:30 a.m. with registration and a morning bus tour to the campus research fields to view demonstrations and research in land-based and aquatic weed control. Lunch and afternoon presentations will be held indoors and will wrap up by 4:30 p.m. Continuing education credits have been requested from the Department of Pesticide Regulation.

Cost is $65 for those who register and pay before July 6 and $90 for those who register after that date. The cost for students is $20 each. Class size is limited so early enrollment is advised.