Pine Tree Ranch Field Day: California Avocado Rootstocks and GEM Avocado Spacing Trials
The California Avocado Commission will host a Pine Tree Ranch Field Day: California Avocado Rootstocks and GEM Avocado Spacing Trials on Wednesday, June 30 from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Pine Tree Ranch is located at 19455 E. Telegraph Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060. Registration is required for the event and attendance will be limited to 40 participants. Interested growers can register for the event online.
Attendees will participate in two sessions. Dr. Mary Lu Arpaia, Extension Specialist UC Riverside, will show participants the avocado rootstock trial taking place at Pine Tree Ranch. The trial consists of 30 different rootstocks. This year marks the first major harvest of the trees and Dr. Arpaia will discuss the varied growth, tree structures and yields that have become evident. She will discuss the trial results to date and share her thoughts concerning the various rootstock selections that may soon become available commercially within the state.
Ms. Sonia Rios, Farm Advisor Riverside and San Diego Counties, and Dr. Ben Faber, Farm Advisor Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties, will take participants through the recently planted GEM avocado spacing trial. They will discuss the trial design and the plans for the trial grove. In addition, local GEM growers will be on hand to share their experiences with the GEM variety and tree spacing.