The California Avocado Commission will host a Pine Tree Ranch Field Day: California Avocado Rootstocks and GEM Avocado Spacing Trials. 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. Dr. Arpaia will discuss the varied growth, tree structures and yields that have become evident. She will discuss the trial results and share her thoughts concerning the various rootstock selections.
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 and discuss the trial design and future plans. In addition, local GEM growers will be on hand to share their experiences with the GEM variety and tree spacing.