The final symposium Thursday morning will look at new developments in the areas of pest management, including insects, weeds and diseases. Insect pest management will focus on field evaluations of a new multicomponent navel orangeworm pheromone for field monitoring; a look back at lessons learned from the difficult 2013 mite year; and an overview of pyrethroids for navel orangeworm control.

Disease management topics include emerging disease problems with the canker complex and bacterial spot, biocontrol of aflatoxin, and foliar disease management and fungicide resistance. Field research on weed management strategies, new herbicides and resistance management will also be discussed.

And finally, for those who want a quick yet comprehensive overview of the Almond Board of California’s ongoing research programs, more than two dozen researchers on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons will provide six-minute research updates, also known at the conference as “Speed Dating.” Poster sessions immediately following will allow growers to speak one-on-one with these and many other researchers. The posters can be visited at any time the exposition floor is open on Wednesday and Thursday.

With a number of different formats and options, growers will have many opportunities throughout the three-day conference to learn how Almond Board of California research programs continue to advance yield, quality and environmental stewardship. For information or to register for this year’s conference, go to To review the complete program, go to


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