Vegetable Meeting, Sept. 17, Santa Maria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Past Event:

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, or call Ingrid Schumann at (805) 781-5940.

3.5 hours of DPR and 6.0 hours of CCA CEU approved.

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