What Are the UC Ag Experts Talking About?
What is involved in the webinars?
A series of 1-hour webinars, designed for growers and pest management professionals, highlighting various pest management and horticultural topics for citrus, avocados, and other subtropical crops. Master Gardeners can benefit from participating, but the pest management methods presented, especially the pesticides, are not to be followed without a clear understanding of their legal use by homeowners.
During each session, a UC Expert on the subject makes a presentation and entertains write-in questions via chat during and/or after the presentation. As we develop this program, we may expand to other crops.
What are the topics and how do I register?
Reading soil analysis report by Phoebe Gordon (October 14, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Dr. Phoebe Gordon will explain how to interpret soil lab test reports, including the differences between tests, units, calculating amounts of nitrogen, the importance of pH, and more. One CCA CEU and one WC ISA CEU are pending. There will NOT be the DPR continuing education units for this webinar.
Using Vegetable as Case Study for Implementing IPM (November 9, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Dr. Alejandro Del-Pozo will discuss the most important pests of lettuce and cole crops in California's central coast, area-wide monitoring of pests in the Salinas Valley, components of the IPM program in lettuce, use of conservational and augmentative biological control, alternatives to pyrethroids and neonicotinoids, components of the IPM program in cole crops, cultural control, mating disruption, insecticide resistance and chemical control. One DPR CE unit (other) and one CCA CE unit (IPM) were requested.
Diseases of Citrus (December 2, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Dr. Peggy Mauk will discuss identification and control of root rot and gummosis of citrus, citrus viruses and viroids, advances in protecting citrus from Huanglongbing, and citrus diseases with postharvest/export issues/treatments. One DPR CE unit (other) and one CCA CE unit (IPM) were requested.
Biologics educational webinar series
So many products, so much confusion: effective use of biostimulants in modern agriculture and their role in nutrient use (November 10, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Professor Patrick Brown will discuss the current status, definition and regulation of crop biostimulants in the U. S., describe how they work, and highlight his research experience with biostimulants in crops, in a pre-recorded presentation. This will be followed a live discussion with Dr. Brown for questions regarding biostimulants. One CEU from the the CCA. No DPR CEU.
Biological plant growth regulators: experience, facts, and future (November 18, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Michael Rethwisch will present key findings and experience from multi-year research trials regarding the efficacy of plant growth regulators on plant growth, yield, and quality in field and row crops”. One CEU from the CCA. No DPR CEU.
Biostimulants from a regulatory perspective (December 3, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Nick Young (CDFA) will provide updates on the current policy regarding the regulation of crop biostimulants and outlook for the future management of these biologics. There will NOT be CEUs for participation in this webinar.
Synergistic or antagonism? Integrating crop biologics into IPM (December 9, 2020 at 3 p.m.)
Dr. Dara will talk about the position of biologics (biopesticides and biostimulants) in the entire crop IPM system and illustrate synergistic integrations of crop biologics into pest management practices from his research. One CEU from the CCA and one CEU from the DPR are pending
Register in advance for the webinars by clicking on the event links above.
Are there Continuing Education units?
When the subject discusses pest or disease management, continuing education units (CEU) will be requested from DPR (1 unit per session) and when relevant also Certified Crop Advisor (CCA) continuing education units will be requested. To qualify for the CEU make sure to
- register separately with your own email address and log in from your own device,
- participate in the entire hour session,
- respond to the polls/knowledge checks as they come up (if polls don't work on your device use chat to submit your answers),
- and respond to the final survey at the end of the webinar and include your name, license number, and email address.
Certificates of completion will be emailed within one week to those who meet those requirements above.
The webinars are recorded and linked from this web site for future study. However, continuing education units are awarded only to the participants who attend the live version of the webinar.
Make a gift to support UC Ag Experts webinars
Your gift furthers UC's Integrated Pest Management's mission to help California residents, growers, land managers, and other professional pest managers prevent and solve pest problems with minimal impact on people and the environment by developing and promoting the use of integrated and ecologically sound pest management programs. Make a gift and use the Comment field to specify that your gift is for UC Ag Experts Talk webinars.
Who is involved in the UC Ag Experts webinars?
This webinar series is brought to you by Ben Faber (UC ANR Ventura Advisor) and Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell (Depart of Entomology UC Riverside Extension Specialist) with the technical support of Petr Kosina (UC IPM Content Development Supervisor) and Cheryl Reynolds (UC IPM Interactive Learning Developer).