Avocado Production Course for New Growers in San Diego County
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is offering a six-week Avocado Production Course for New Growers. The two-hour classroom sessions will take place each Tuesday from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. beginning October 1 and ending on November 12 (no class on October 15), and will be held at the San Diego County Farm Bureau located at 420 South Broadway, Escondido, CA, 92025. Two field trips also will be included as part of the course; the dates and locations for those trips will be announced at a later date.
Dr. Gary Bender, UCCE Farm Advisor Emeritus, and Sonia Rios, UCCE Farm Advisor, will be the instructors. The course will cover the following topics:
- Avocado varieties and rootstocks
- Harvest dates
- Irrigation systems and scheduling
- Salinity management
- Organic production
- Insect and mite control
- Disease and weed management
- Canopy management
- Tree spacing
- Frost management
The registration fee is $155 and includes the following publications: Avocado Production in California (books 1 and 2) and the ANR publication Propagating Avocados.