Index Fresh Hosts 20th Grower Seminar on September 11, 12, and 13
RIVERSIDE, CA - As part of its commitment to growers and grower organizations, Index Fresh is hosting its 20th Avocado Grower Seminar Series September 11-13th. During the seminars, experts will address some of the most pressing issues avocados are facing, like Integrated Pest Management (IPM), biological control agents, grove management, pest control, export market trends, labor, soil science, avocado nutrition, and more.
Index Fresh has hosted seminars every year in California’s growing regions since 2011. This year, the company is inviting leading experts in the field to discuss the biological, chemical, and cultural control of pests in IPM—an ecosystem-based strategy that focuses on long-term prevention of pests or their damage through a combination of techniques such as biological control, habitat manipulation, modification of cultural practices, and use of resistant cultivars, according to a press release.
“California avocados benefit from a long history of IPM. Proper disease management helps influence IPM in avocados. Healthy trees are able to withstand the effects of pests better and reduce the need for pesticide applications,” Tom Roberts, one of this year’s guest speakers, wrote in an Index Fresh grower newsletter.
The lineup of guest speakers for this year’s event, includes the following:
- Tom Roberts, Entomologist, PCA; Integrated Consulting Entomology — will present at all three sessions
- Anna Howell, Entomologist; UC Cooperative Extension Ventura County — will present at the Ventura and San Luis Obispo sessions
- Jim Davis, Entomologist, PCA; San Diego and Riverside Counties, Entomological Services, Inc. — will present at the Fallbrook session
The seminars will be held in Venturan on 9/11, San Luis Obispo on 9/12, and Fallbrook on 9/13. To get a sneak peek of this year’s seminars, you can check out all past seminars here.
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