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.

 Download June Seminar 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


Tuesday, June 13, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.,

Location: Mehlschau Ranch (530 Mehlschau Road)

Speaker & Topic:  Jacob Moreno (Irrometer), Tensiometer Installation demonstration.
                                  Mary Bianchi, Scheduling Irrigations from an Atmometer.
                                  Brittany A. Collins (HawkEye Imaging), Drone Use in Avocados.
Directions:  Hwy 101 to Willow Road exit east to Thompson Road to Mehlschau Road.
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
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.
Directions:  Off Hwy 118 (Los Angeles Ave, Wells Rd. exit at 126) ) gate is 3135 W. Los Angeles Ave, Oxnard. Sign on 118 says: "River Ridge Farms/United Water Gate next to State Ready Mix business on 118. There will be signs for CAS meeting at gate entrance. Travel along ponds to second gate entrance to farm.
Thursday, June 15, 2017, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location:  Nick Stehly Farm (13268 McNally Rd., Valley Center, CA 92082)
Speaker & Topic:  Gary Bender, High Density Trial/Pruning Techniques.
                                  Lance Anderson, Water analysis.
                                  Krystal Jenkins, TARGET Speciality Products, Pest Management.
Directions:  You must enter Nick Stehly Farm at the end of McNally Rd off Cole Grade Rd only. Do not take an alternate route suggested by Google maps. There are locked gates off Lilac Rd. Growers will be staged at the gate entrance, car pool to high density block a short distance from there.

August Seminar Topic
Florida’s Issues with Laurel Wilt



Jonathan Crane and Team: Tropical Fruit Crop Specialist at University of Florida.


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