The California Avocado Commission will host a Pine Tree Ranch Field Day featuring informational sessions about high density GEM trials, avocado rootstock trials and the use of Orondis.
One session will be led by Dr. Ben Faber, UC Farm Advisor, who will showcase the GEM high density trial that is now 1-year-old. Ben will discuss how the trees have performed in the first year and compare and contrast the GEM variety and Hass.
Dr. Mary Lu Arpaia will share updated data concerning the rootstock trial taking place at Pine Tree Ranch, which includes 300 trees on 30 different rootstocks from the UC breeding program, Westfalia and Israel.
In addition, Dakota Camino with Syngenta Crop Protection will discuss the use of Orondis for control of Phytophthora root rot in avocados. Orondis is a new tool made available to avocado growers in 2022. Dakota will share insights about the product and how best to use it with avocados for best results.