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Insights for a New Crop Year – Almond Board Training

January 19 @ 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

During this training, growers, PCAs, applicators and other industry members will learn which bloom diseases to keep an eye on in 2021, as well as guidance in terms of when to spray and when cultural controls may work instead. Attendees will also gain insight into key best management practices to combat bloom and post-bloom pests and diseases. In addition, attendees will receive instruction on when to begin irrigating and tools available to best manage water resources this crop year.

8:00-8:20 a.m. | Best Management Practices for Bloom Diseases

Franz Niederholzer, Ph.D., UCCE Orchard Systems Advisor
• Main diseases to monitor during bloom
• What to do if spring rains and warm weather take place (similar to last year)
• Considering bee health before any sprays

8:25-8:45 a.m. | Irrigation Management Considerations

Ken Shackel, Ph.D., UC Davis
• Ensuring optimal irrigation timing
• Understanding stem water potential
• Benefits of Regulated Deficit Irrigation

8:45-9:15 a.m. | PCA Discussion and LIVE Q&A on Bloom, Post-Bloom Management

Brian Dugo, PCA, Mid Valley Ag
JJ Gross, PCA, Colusa County Farm Supply

• Navel orangeworm IPM
• Monitoring, trapping, and managing:
• Peach twig borer
• San Jose scale
• Mites
• Leaffooted bug
• Preparing for hull split

9:15-9:30 a.m. | Closing Remarks

Drew Wolter, Senior Pest Management Specialist, Almond Board of California


Almond Board of California
(209) 343-3245