A University of California farm advisor and a UC Statewide Integrated Pest Management specialist will outline valuable tips about almond management practices for the coming season during a field day near Firebaugh on Friday, May 20.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Del Bosque Farms on the west side of Firebaugh. UC IPM entomologist Walt Bentley will discuss using monitoring information in decision-making. David Doll, the Merced County UC Cooperative Extension pomology farm advisor specializing in almonds, will focus on summertime orchard management to reduce disease. San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project field scout Kevin Parkinson will give an update about field scouting in almond orchards.

Sponsored by SJSFP, the field day has applied for 1.5 hours of continuing education credit. For more information and directions contact Project Director Marcia Gibbs at (530) 370-5325 or at marcia@sustainablecotton.org.

The sustainable farming project is a state- and federally funded program under the direction of the Sustainable Cotton Project, a nonprofit which has worked with San Joaquin Valley growers in the past decade to bring eco-friendly Cleaner Cotton to the multi-billion-dollar green consumer market.