Six-week Avocado Course Begins in May

  • Apr 19, 2017

Dr. Gary Bender, UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Farm Advisor Emeritus, is the lead instructor for a six-week course entitled “Avocado Production for New Growers.” The course is designed for new avocado growers, as well as those interested in learning more about avocado production best practices and meeting fellow growers.

The six-week course consists of six, two-hour sessions. The fee for the course is $105 and includes two avocado books, an IPM book and a post-harvest handbook. Final dates and the location will be announced soon.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to Agriculture in San Diego County, History of Avocado Production in California
  • Botany, Flowering, Varieties, Harvest Dates, Rootstocks 
  • Irrigation Systems, Irrigation Scheduling, Salinity Management
  • Fertilization, Organic Production
  • Insect and Mite Control, Disease Control
  • Ag Waiver Water School Training (Dr. Loretta Bates)
  • Canopy Management, Tree Spacing, Frost Management
  • Field trip to High Density Trial grove and a commercial grove

For more information, contact Erin Thompson at 858.822.7919 or enthompson@ucanr.edu.

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