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GreenSheet | October 3, 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 101st Annual Meeting of the California Avocado Society (CAS), which will be held at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California on October 7 and 8.

As part of the California Avocado Society’s 101st Annual Meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the Ellis Farms Pauma Valley California avocado grove, which uses the Brokaw method of growing and showcases Dusa® rootstock.

The latest edition of the California Avocado Commission’s From the Grove is available online.

As part of its American Summer Holidays initiative, the Commission hosted a Dinner en Green event, distributed a press release and mat release and sent flats of fresh California avocados and green décor items to its Blogger Ambassadors and popular blogger influencers encouraging them to create their own California avocado summer recipes.

California avocados have been a featured item at 25 MAD Greens restaurants throughout the peak season.

In late summer, thousands of California avocados fans attend one of the state’s most popular events celebrating the fruit — the Morro Bay Avocado and Margarita Street Festival. This year, as a precursor to exhibiting at the festival, the California Avocado Commission sponsored Taste of the Grove.

This Fall marks the 45th year the California Avocado Commission (CAC) has exhibited at one of the global produce industry’s most influential events — the Produce Marketing Association’s (PMA) Fresh Summit Convention and Exposition.

Summary - The basic pattern consists of high pressure off the coast of northern and central California, and troughing off southern California and the southcentral coast (Point Conception to central Baja). The westerlies start to become more active, and troughs and fronts move thru northwestern California and the Pacific Northwest. The overall pattern is a bit changeable as it usually is during transitional seasons, but longwave troughs will tend to be in the west-central Pacific (160-170W) and Great Basin-Rockies. Sea surface temperature influence continues to favor weak troughing along 30N from southwest of southern California and west of central Baja. This may continue to draw tropical airmasses north at times in the first part of October. Other tropical cyclones develop off southern Baja, but the usual pattern in October is for upper high pressure to build briefly to the north with hot weather in northcentral and central California, and the possibility of rain for Baja, western Mexico and Arizona/New Mexico, as tropical cyclone remnants turn inland and move quickly northeast into the southern Rockies and southwest Great Plains. After dry and windy conditions occur along the northern California coastal area on September 28th thru 30th, rain or showers develop the first few days of October, focusing on the 2nd-4th. Other troughs move thru with cool conditions recurring on October 4th-5th, and 8th.