UC offers pest management webinar series, including one on rice

UCCE logoUniversity of California Cooperative Extension in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties will hold a series of webinars in September and October to provide research updates on some Sacramento Valley’s major crops, including rice.

The classes are relevant to growers throughout California and are primarily focused on pest management and pesticide safety. Both PCA and CCA credits are available.

The Sept. 9 webinar will feature Franz Niederholzer, orchard systems advisor.

“We will be reviewing proven almond IPM practices with an eye to reducing input costs, where possible, while delivering effective pest control,”  says Niederholzer, who has been working in almonds in the Sacramento Valley for almost 20 years.

Vegetable Crops Advisor Amber Vinchesi-Vahl will give her webinar on Sept. 16.

“I will be providing information on important pest issues in vegetables and the latest research updates on disease and weed management in processing tomatoes and cucumber beetles in melons,” she said.

Vinchesi-Vahl’s research in tomatoes covers cultivator trials for within-row weed control and monitoring of soilborne fungal pathogens.

Rice and Wild Rice Advisor Whitney Brim-DeForest will present Sept. 30.

“The webinar will provide an opportunity for discussion and interaction about weed identification,” she says. “We will also cover the latest research updates on specific weed species, resistance management, and new herbicides in rice.”

The information is relevant to both organic and conventional rice growers, so all are encouraged to attend.

The final webinar will take place on Oct. 7 and will be given by Sarah Light, agronomy advisor.

“We will cover opportunities to decrease environmental risk through pesticide selection and application, accurate diagnosis, and reduction of loss to the environment,” she said.

Enrollment is limited, so register early. The cost is $20 for 1, $35 for 2, $50 for 3 and $60
for 4 webinars.

For more details or to register, visit http://ucanr.edu/syc-uccevirtualwebinars. DPR CE credits are approved (4 “other” hours total, 1 per class), and CCA credits have been approved for IPM credits (4 hours total, 1 per class).

If you have questions, contact Whitney Brim-DeForest at wbrimdeforest@ucanr.edu or call the UCCE Sutter-Yuba office at 530-822-7515.