Since arriving here, Niamh has been very busy writing and forging partnerships with local pest management professionals forming the Southern California Urban Wildlife Management Council, along with providing numerous consultations regarding pests such as gophers, coyotes, rats, and moles to name a few.
Niamh's infectious personality and quick wit has made her a favorite among the local talk circuit and a lovable member of the Orange County UCCE family.
If you get a chance, and haven't already, stop by and give a warm welcome to the 'Rat Whacker'.
PITAHAYA SEMINAR AND FIELD DAY
This year's Pitahaya Seminar will be held on August 21, 2015
in San Marcos, 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
TOPICS COVERED (subject to change):
- Pest and Regulatory Updates for San Diego County
- Pitahaya Production and Research Update
- Pitahaya Orchard Establishment, Economics and Marketing Considerations
- Genetic Characterization of Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit
- Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit Post Harvest Management and Sensory Evaluation
- Nematode Management in pitahaya/Dragon Fruit
- Insect Pest Management for Pitahayas /Dragon Fruit
- Diseases and Disease Management of Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit
- Integrated Pest Management of Pitahaya/Dragon Fruit
- Understanding Soil, Water and Leaf Analysis to Optimize Crop Production
- Fertility Management in Pitahaya / Dragon Fruit
- Marketing and Market Development using the Internet
- Is Pitahaya Production Feasible? Does it Pay to Hand Pollinate? Review of Tools to Conduct this Analysis
The Pitahaya Field Day will be held on August 22, 2015 in Irvine
at the South Coast Research and Extension Center, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Program (subject to change):
- Overview of Pitahaya Production and Review of Varieties for California
- Weed Identification and Weed Control Clinic
- Vertebrate Pest (Gophers, Ground Squirrels, Voles and Coyotes) Management and Control Demo
- Pitahaya Irrigation Research Trial and Irrigation System Design Considerations
- Pitahaya Diseases and Disease Management
- Integrated Pest Management for Pitahaya / Dragon Fruit Production
- Pitahaya Pruning and Trellis Demonstration
- Pitahaya Fruit Display, Pitahaya Fruit and Ice Cream Tasting and Sensory Evaluation
- Pitahaya Grafting and Pollination Demonstrations
- Hands on Computer Lab to Analyze the Feasibility of Pitahaya Production, the Cost/Benefit of Hand Pollination and Review of other tools to Analyze and manage Risks.
Registration Fee: Package Registration for both theSeminar & Festival/Field Day is $80.00 per person,if postmarked or submitted online by Friday August 14th. No package registration after this date.
Registration for the Seminar - $60.00 per person.
Registration for the Festival/Field Day - $40.00 per person.
The registration fee includes continental breakfast, refreshments, lunch, pitahaya fruit & ice cream
tasting, handout materials, and five pitahaya cuttings of your choice.
REGISTER EARLY, This event has sold out in the past!! Register online at
complete and mail the registration form
along with your check payable to UC Regents to the address below:
UCCE San Diego
Attn: Pitahaya Field Day
9335 Hazard Way, Suite 201
San Diego, CA 92123
PLEASE NOTE: If space allows for walk-ins, you must have exact change or checks.
Please contact Roland Hills at (858)822-7711 for more information about the program or to request any special accommodations you may need.
Yes, we are in a drought. No this isn't the first one, and based on prior history, it won't be our last. More than the last three years we have been significantly well below the average rainfall for Orange County which is between 10-14 inches. Regardless of the rainfall we receive this year, or even next year, our situation is not going to change. We live in a semi-arid climate and really need to change our day to day living practices to reflect the conditions of our environment. We really wouldn't need to do much - read 'The next drought: Water officials endorse a 'less is more' strategy for the future', an LA Times article by Pete King, for some ideas of what you can do.
Summer is over, the nights are getting cooler, and the holidays are just around the corner. Before you get caught up in all things merry and bright, take a little time to do some preventive measures now to reduce the pest population that can cause harm to your landscape fruit trees this coming winter and spring.
For tips on how to implement good sanitation practices be sure to read UC IPM's blog post from November 6.
Shared from UC ANR Publications: