Training Available for New California Avocado Growers

  • Jul 23, 2018

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.

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