Gary Bender “was” a farm advisor in San Diego, who is still there but is now retired. He still knows his avocados and compiled his knowledge into a handbook that is online and available to all for immortality………….or as long as the internet survives. This concisely written text is full of practical information that even the most seasoned grower could probably learn from. And maybe those seasoned growers might have a lot to learn,
Find it at the UCCE San Diego website:
The latest (2012) Department of Agriculture reports on county agricultural production can be found at
Gary Bender has made his manual on avocado production available on his website. And it's free. Take a look at it to see if you might be missing something in your orchard:
UCCE Farm Advisor Gary Bender finally has his 14 chapter book on avocado history, botany and cultural practices on the San Diego County web site. Check it out:
The Avocado: Botany, Production and Uses, 2nd Edition
By Bruce Shaffer, Nigel Wolstenholme and Anthony Whiley
This brand new book summarizes avocado science and technology and reviews production practices on a worldwide scale. The book is split into 15 chapters and covers all aspects of avocado production and science and includes: history, distribution and uses, taxonomy and botany, propagation, crop management, diseases and insect and mite pests. This book builds on the 2002 edition and includes the works of 45 writers from all over the avocado world.