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Desert Crops Conference program ready

The program has been finalized for 15th annual Desert Vegetable Crops Conference Dec. 7 at the Barbara Worth Golf Resort and Convention Center, Holtville, Calif.

It is co-sponsored by the University of Arizona, the University of California and Western Farm Press with financial support for the lunch from industry suppliers.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and the program will continue until lunch. The conference and lunch are free.

Application has been made for 4 credit hours of continuing education for PCA/Applicators/CCA.

Here is the final program:

7:30 a.m.-8 a.m.: Registration

8 a.m. — Susceptibility of cantaloupe varieties to powdery mildew and Monosporascus vine decline. Tom Turini, UCCE Imperial County plant pathology farm advisor.

8:25 a.m. — Research Update on melons and ground beetles. Eric Natwick, UCCE Imperial County entomology farm advisor.

8:50 a.m. — Potential perchlorate exposure from food and feed produced in the low desert. Charles Sanchez, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center.

9:15 a.m. — Plant growth regulators: Results from low desert vegetables. Michael Rethwisch, UCCE Riverside County crop production farm advisor.

9:40 a.m. — Problems in peppers? Jose Aguiar, UCCE, Riverside County vegetable farm advisor.


10:10 a.m. — Nematodes in desert vegetables: Symptoms, biology and control. Antoon Ploeg, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside.

10:35 a.m. — Aphids of desert lettuce. John Palumbo, vegetable research entomologist, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center.

11 a.m. — Maximizing the performance of lettuce herbicides. Barry Tickes, University of Arizona Yuma County Cooperative Extension.

11:25 a.m. — Update on chemical tools for managing downy and powdery mildew on lettuce. Mike Matheron, plant pathologist, University of Arizona Yuma Agricultural Center.

11:50 a.m. — Organic vegetable production in the low desert. Milt McGiffin, University of California, Riverside, Cooperative Extension weed science/vegetable specialist.

12:15 p.m. Lunch

Additional information is available from the Cooperative Extension offices in Imperial, Riverside (Blythe and Coachella) and Yuma County Arizona or you may advance registered by e-mailing: [email protected]

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