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GreenSheet | October 17, 2016

Read the latest GreenSheet for up-to-the-minute California avocado industry news, research and information.

California avocado growers are encouraged to attend the upcoming Index Fresh Avocado Cultural Management Seminar entitled “Girdling, Export Markets and GAP.” Guest speakers for the seminar include:

The Second Annual San Diego Farm and Nursery Expo that will be held at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The Expo, which is sponsored by the San Diego County Farm Bureau, is a free trade show designed to connect Southern California agricultural industry members with vendors, resources and educational seminars that are applicable to the diverse crops grown in the region.

The Environmental Protection Agency and Pesticide Educational Resources Collaborative have released a new 146-page guide to help users of agricultural pesticides ensure they are in compliance with the revised 2016 federal Worker Protection Standard.

In response to the state’s water crisis and its impact on the California avocado industry, the Cachuma Resource Conservation District is conducting an agricultural water management survey designed to gather the input of growers, managers and other individuals involved in irrigation management.

To build awareness of late-season California avocados at the end of summer, four retail chains located in Arizona, Northern and Southern California and Portland, Oregon showcased the fruit as part of their Labor Day promotions.

Retailers, produce and floral personnel and vendors from across the Northeastern region of the United States attended the New England Produce Council’s (NEPC) By the Sea Annual Produce, Floral and Foodservice Expo.

Summary - The basic pattern consists of the westerlies becoming more active, from October 11th onward through the 19th, and a series of fronts affects northern and northcentral California and the Pacific Northwest. The overall pattern continues somewhat changeable as normally occurs in the transitional seasons of spring and fall. Support continues for a longwave trough in the northern Pacific (160-170W), and some downstream troughing either near the Oregon coast or inland over the northern part of the Great Basin. This is wet for the Pacific Northwest, and northwest California, but dry in central and southern California. After the storm series on October 13th-18th, there is a dry and warm (or hot) period with Santa Anas in southern California and offshore flow on the 20th -22nd with highs in the mid-90s in southern California and upper 80s to near 90 in the foothills and interior valleys of northern California (Ukiah, Lake Co, upper Napa Valley).