Please join us at one of our California Avocado
Growers Seminar Series.


Presented by
California Avocado Society, Inc., California Avocado Commission, and University of California Cooperative Extension

 Download all year PDF here.

California Avocado Growers Seminars Series 2017

Scheduled Dates and Topics


February Seminar Topic
Irrigation Management and Automation


A big thank you to our Speakers

Brad Adams: Agricultural Sales at Irrometer. (Ventura & Fallbrook)
Jacob Moreno: Agriculture Sales Representative at Irrometer. (SLO)
Amir Haghverdi: Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist/ Scientist of Integrated Urban Water Management at UC Riverside.

April Seminar Topic

A big thank you to our Speakers

Peggy Mauk: Director of Agricultural Operations/Subtropical Horticulture CE Specialist.
Patricia Manosalva:
Assistant Professor of Plant Pathology and Director of the UCR Avocado Breeding Program at UC Riverside.

"Evaluation of rootstocks for salinity tolerance" Authour Peggy Mauk
Presented by: Ben Faber @ SLO, Pegy Mauk @ Ventura, Sonia Rios @ Fallbrook
"UCR Avocado Rootstock Program Update: Towards Developing Diease and Salinity Resistant Rootstocks" Author Patricia Manosalva
Presented by: Mary Bianchi @ SLO, Ben Faber @ Ventura, Patty Manosalva @ Fallbrook.

June Seminar Topic
Field Trips To See Local Issues

A big thank you to our Speakers & Ranch Hosts


Location: Mehlschau Ranch

Speaker & Topic:  Jacob Moreno (Irrometer), Tensiometer Installation demonstration.
                                  Mary Bianchi, Scheduling Irrigations from an Atmometer.
                                  Brittany A. Collins (HawkEye Imaging), Drone use in Avocados.
Location:  Jim Lloyd-Butler’s
Speaker & Topic:  Mary Lu Arpaia, New rootstocks/scions.
                                  Mike Nunez with Brittany A. Collins (HawkEye Imaging),
                                            Drone use in Avocados.
                                  Ben Faber, Ground Squirrel Control.
                                  Gordon Frankie from UC Berkeley, Bee Gardens.
Location:  Nick Stehly Farm
Speaker & Topic:  Gary Bender, High Density Trial/Pruning Techniques.
                                  Lance Anderson, Water analysis.
                            Brittany A. Collins (HawkEye Imaging), Drone use in Avocados.
                                  Krystal Jenkins, TARGET Speciality Products, Pest Management.

August Seminar Topic
Florida’s Issues with Laurel Wilt


Speakers in order of presentations:

Jeff Wasielewski, Subtropical Fruit Agent, University of Florida Extension - The current status of laurel wilt in South Florida.

Randy Ploetz, Professor of Plant Pathology at the Tropical Research & Education Center of the Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), University of Florida - Laurel wilt epidemiology and management.

Bruce Schaffer, Professor of Ecophysiology of Subtropical and Tropical Horticultural Crops,IFAS, University of Florida - Vascular physiology and anatomy of different avocado genotypes relative to laurel wilt susceptibility.

Daniel Carrillo, Professor of Entomology and Nematology in Subtropical and Tropical Horticultural Crops, IFAS, University of Florida - Laurel wilt vectors: biology and management.

Edward Evans, professor in the Food and Resource Economics Department located at the University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center - Economic impact and economics of control strategies.

Jonathan Crane, Professor of Horticulture / Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist, University of Florida's Tropical Research and Education Center - Current control strategies, recommendations and issues.


Tuesday, August 1, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 2156 Sierra Way, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Wednesday, August 2, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.,
UC Cooperative Extension Office Auditorium, 669 County Square Dr. Ventura, CA 93003
Thursday, August 3, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,
Fallbrook Public Utility District Board Rm., 990 East Mission Rd. Fallbrook, CA 92028