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GreenSheet | September 16, 2016

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

Ventura County Agricultural Crimes Detective Chip Chadman is cautioning California avocado growers to be on the alert and take precautionary steps to protect micro-filtration and irrigation equipment and report suspicious activity. According to Detective Chapman, a theft of micro-filtration equipment was recently reported in the unincorporated areas of Ventura/Oxnard.

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.

Two representatives of the California Avocado Commission (CAC) — Jan DeLyser, vice president marketing, and Ken Melban, vice president of industry affairs — conducted exploratory work on the markets in Japan, China and Hong Kong while attending the Asia Fruit Logistica show in Hong Kong.

California avocado growers are encouraged to attend the Sustainable Ag Expo, which is a multi-day seminar and tradeshow event designed for farmers, agriculture professionals, educators and pest control advisors.

This August, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) provided its Facebook fans with a front-row seat to live, entertaining demonstrations of California avocado recipes — using Facebook Live

From August 5 – 6, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) played host to 18 food and trade media members, Registered Dietitians (RD) and Supermarket Registered Dietitians as part of the 2016 Grove Media Tour.

In early August, the California Avocado Commission sponsored two foodservice industry events designed to introduce R&D/Menu Innovation, Corporate and Executive Chefs, Purchasing/Supply Chain and Marketing personnel from restaurant chains across the nation to creative and innovative menu concepts demonstrating the value and versatility of California avocados.

Summary - The basic pattern consists of high pressure off the Pacific Northwest and the northern California coast, and troughing off central and southern California and Baja. Upper lows continue to develop over central California in the medium range through September 20th. These produce recurrent northeastern wind events in northern California and onshore flow at times in southern California. Sea surface temperature influence continues to favor weak east-west troughing along 30N from southwest of southern California and extending well west out into the central subtropical Pacific to north of Hawaii. Other tropical cyclones develop off southern Baja, but the usual pattern is for upper high pressure to build to the north of these systems, producing hot weather into California, and the possibility of more rain for Baja and western Mexico. After a hot dry period from September 20th-22nd, more rain develops for the southeastern U.S., culminating in a significant rain around September 27th-28th.