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Alfalfa and hay

IPM in Irrigated Desert Alfalfa Workshop, Feb. 28, Holtville

The Integrated Pest Management in Irrigated Desert Alfalfa Workshop is slated for Feb. 28 in Holtville, Calif. (Imperial County).

The Integrated Pest Management in Irrigated Desert Alfalfa Workshop is slated for Feb. 28 in Holtville, Calif. (Imperial County).

The half-day event is 6:30 a.m. to noon at the University of California Desert Research and Extension Center located at 1004 E. Holtville Rd. Holtville 92240 – (760) 356-3060.

Sponsors include UCCE Imperial County and the Imperial County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office.

CEUs - 5-hrs PCA credit, plus a free copy of the IPM book ‘Integrated Pest Management for Alfalfa Hay.’


6:30 - Registration

7:00 – Welcoming comments by Carlos Ortiz, Imperial County Agricultural Commissioners; Oli Bachie – UCCE county director and farm advisor; and Jairo Diaz – Director, UC ANR Desert Research and Extension Center;

7:15 - Jesse Richardson - Dow AgroSciences - History of alfalfa pest management in the western US, insects, chemicals, and struggles;

7:40 - Rachel Garewal - Deputy Agricultural Commissioner, Pesticide Use Enforcement, County of Imperial - Alfalfa Pest Management Regulatory Issues;

8:10 - Ayman Mostafa - Area Agent, Field Crops IPM, University of Arizona College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Cooperative Extension, Phoenix, AZ - Economics of the management of alfalfa winter insect pests of the southwest low desert;

8:40 - Pratap Devkota – UC ANR Cooperative Extension Weed Science Advisor, Imperial County - Alfalfa Weed Pest Management;

9:10 – Break;

9:25 – Eric Natwick – UC ANR Cooperative Extension Entomology Advisor, Imperial County - Alfalfa worm pest management;

10:45 - Oli Bachie - Nematode Pests of Alfalfa;

11:15 - Mike Matheron - Extension Plant Pathologist and Research Scientist, University of Arizona Yuma Ag Center, Yuma, Ariz. - Management of Alfalfa Pathogens;

11:45 - Eric Natwick – Leafhoppers Management; and

12:15 - Adjourn

For more information, contact Eric Natwick at (760) 352-9474 or



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