Persea Mite Management & Monitoring Workshop June 27, Irvine
Who: This workshop is designed for the California avocado community (growers, researchers, pest control advisers, farm advisers, orchard employees, packing house employees, grove managers, etc.)
What: A hands-on workshop to learn about avocado mites and their control
Where: Santa Paula (June 20), Limoneira Ranch, 1141 Cummings Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060
Irvine (June 27), South Coast Research Experiment Station, 7601 Irvine Blvd, Irvine, CA 92618
When: Two sessions held at each location, Morning & Afternoon
Arrive within 15 minutes of the listed time for the workshop session you selected. This will allow for you to find parking, sign in and fill out your form for Continuing Education (CE) Credit (2.5 hours).
Why: There are beneficial and pest mites in the CA avocado system. Learning how to recognize, monitor and control pests is an important part of successful orchard production.
The persea mite (Oligonychus perseae) is a non-native leaf-feeding pest of avocado trees in California. The feeding damage caused by this mite has been recently linked with yield reduction. This training workshop contains a presentation and field demonstration with updated information on persea mite research and pest management for the California avocado system.
Participants will learn:
- How to recognize beneficial and pest mites from avocado trees
- The basics of persea mite biology, invasion history and management options (i.e., biological control and pesticide recommendations)
- In the field demonstration, participants will get hands-on experience on how to use two simple sampling methods designedto estimate persea mite densities in commercial avocado orchards
Each session limited to first 25 participants that sign up and pay $5 registration fee by June 1, 2012
Participants will learn (1) how to identify beneficial and pest mites in avocado orchards (2) how to implement persea mite management options (biocontrol and pesticides) and (3) how to estimate persea mite densities in commercial avocado orchards.
2.5 hours of Continuing Education credit from CDPR will be available.