Vegetable Meeting, Sept. 17, Santa Maria
A vegetable meeting is scheduled for Sept. 17 from 8:00 - 4:00 in Santa Maria, Calif. at 1850 W. Stowell Road in the Bonipak Conference Room.
8:00 – Registration
8:30 - Update on laws and regulations - San Luis Obispo County Agricultural Commissioner Office;
8:45 - Diseases of coastal vegetable crops: updates and developments - Steve Koike, Plant Pathology Advisor, UCCE, Salinas;
9:30 - Vegetable disease epidemiology - Heather Scheck, Ag Commissioner Plant Pathologist, Santa Barbara County;
10:00 - Break
10:15 - E. coli and leafy greens: field survival studies in the Salinas Valley - Steve Koike, Plant Pathology Advisor, UCCE, Salinas;
10:45 - Proper pesticide use: understanding and following label information - Lisa Blecker, Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator, UCANR, Davis;
11:15 - Managing thrips on lettuce, aphids on broccoli, and the new invasive pest Bagrada bug on cole crops - Surendra Dara, UCCE strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor/Affiliated IPM Advisor, San Luis Obispo;
12:00 - Lunch
1:00 - Unmanned drones for pesticide applications - Ken Giles, Professor of Biological and Agricultural Engineering, UC Davis;
1:30 - CropManage: an online decision support tool for efficient irrigation and nitrogen management of vegetables, Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UCCE, Salinas;
2:00 - Nutrient management studies for cool season vegetables - Richard Smith, Vegetable Crops and Weed Science Advisor, UCCE, Salinas;
2:30 - Evaluation of intra-row cultivators and culticlean in lettuce - Steve Fennimore, CE Specialist, Salinas;
3:00 - Break
3:15 - Postharvest handling update for leafy vegetables - Marita Cantwell, CE Vegetable Specialist, UC Davis;
4:00 - Survey and meeting adjourns
Pre-register by Sept. 12 online at http://ucanr.edu/2013vegetablemeeting, or call Ingrid Schumann at (805) 781-5940.
3.5 hours of DPR and 6.0 hours of CCA CEU approved.