Subtropical Fruit Crops Research & Education
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Subtropical Fruit Crops Research & Education

SIX-WEEK AVOCADO PRODUCTION COURSE BEGINS IN MAY

Dr. Gary Bender, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Farm Advisor Emeritus, is the lead instructor for a six-week course entitled “Avocado Production for New Growers.” Co-instructor, Sonia Rios, current subtropical Farm Advisor, Riverside/San Diego Counties will also be teaching in the course. The course is designed for new avocado growers, as well as those interested in learning more about avocado production best practices and meeting fellow growers.

The six-week course consists of six, two-hour sessions and will be held in Fallbrook, CA this year. The fee for the course is $105 and includes two avocado books, an IPM book and a post-harvest handbook. Final dates and the location will be announced soon. The always fills up, so please register A.S.A.P.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Agriculture in San Diego County, History of Avocado Production in California
  • Botany, Flowering, Varieties, Harvest Dates, Rootstocks 
  • Irrigation Systems, Irrigation Scheduling, Salinity Management
  • Fertilization, Organic Production
  • Weed, Insect and Mite Control, Disease Control
  • Ag Waiver Water School Training (Dr. Loretta Bates)
  • Canopy Management, Tree Spacing, Frost Management
  • Field trip to High Density Trial grove and a commercial grove

For more information, contact Erin Thompson at 858.822.7919 or enthompson@ucanr.edu.

Posted on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 8:53 AM

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