Training Available for New California Avocado Growers
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) is hosting an Avocado Production for New Growers seminar in San Diego. The six-week course will be led by Dr. Gary Bender, UCCE Farm Advisor Emeritus and Sonia Rios, UCCE Farm Advisor and consists of six (6) two-hour class sessions as well as a field trip to the UCCE avocado pruning/planting density trial.
The course will cover the following topics:
- 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, economics
- Insect and mite control, disease control and weed management
- Canopy management, tree spacing and frost management
The first session will take place August 23 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm. The final course schedule will be available soon. The fee for the course is $150.
Space in the course is limited, thus growers are encouraged to register well in advance. For more information, contact the UCCE San Diego office at 858.822.7711.