- Author: Ben Faber
One good idea from a meeting can make all the difference of whether that was a meeting worth going to or not. One idea, that's all it takes to make a big difference back at the ranch. A lot of times the good idea comes from the people you meet there. Sometimes it comes from the speaker's presentation. Sometimes the idea comes to you while processing something you've just heard.
Whatever. I just went to a meeting organized by the Ventlecura County Farm Bureau where there were several speakers and numerous vendors. Lots of good ideas popped up on nutrients and water management. The practices were for the general grower audience, not specifically for citrus or strawberry growers. Meetings can often be focused on a given crop like the CA Avocado Society or Index Fresh avocado meetings. That doesn't mean a lemon or a flower grower couldn't learn from avocado practices. They can. Cross fertilization is good. And this Farm Bureau meeting was a good meeting.
Coming up October 4 and 5, is the annual CA Avocado Society meeting. This starts off with a field tours on the first day, then settles down to a lecture room style on Friday. This should be a good chance to meet other growers, see some interesting field practices and hear some good talks. It will be a good meeting.