Vegetable Research & Information Center, UC Cooperative Extension

2016 Vegetable Crops Program Team meeting

December 5-6, 2016 :: Activities & Recreation Center (ARC), UC Davis



Monday, December 5, 2016

9:00 AM Registration
9:50 Welcome, introductions (moderator: Tim Hartz)
10:00-12:00 PM Farm Advisor research updates--15 min. each (moderator: Andre Biscaro)

  • Developing a new spinach breeding program for CaliforniaCharlie Brummer, UCD Plant Sciences, Center for Plant Breeding
  • The Yellow Pepper Problem—Janet Caprile, UCCE Contra Costa-Alameda
  • Recent changes in disease and insect management in vegetable crops in Fresno County—Tom Turini, UCCE Fresno
  • Grafted tomatoes: assessments in various California tomato production systems
    • Brenna Aegerter, UCCE San Joaquin and
    • Margaret Lloyd, UCCE Yolo-Capitol Corridor
  • Industry and research update on pitahaya/Dragon fruit production in California—Ramiro Lobo, UCCE San Diego
  • Weed management in vegetables—Scott Stoddard, UCCE Merced-Madera
  • Fertilizer value of nitrogen in irrigation water—Mike Cahn, UCCE Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Benito
  • Coachella Valley agriculture update—Jose Aguiar, UCCE Riverside
12:00-1:30 PM Working lunch (moderator: Tim Hartz and Gene Miyao)

  • Presentation of the Oscar Lorenz Award—2016 recipient: Brenna Aegerter
  • VRIC business--guest: Bran Hanson, Vice Chair of Outreach and Extension, Plant Sciences Dept., UCD
1:30-4:30 Regulatory /sustainability issues (moderator: Tim Hartz and Mike Cahn)
  • Where is nitrogen regulation heading? —Johnny Gonzales, Statewide Agricultural Regulatory Program and the Biosolids Land Application Program Manager, State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB)
  • Soil health and nutrient management within rhizosphere—Zahangir Kabir, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Regional Soil Health Specialist
  • The Calif. Dept. of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) Healthy Soils Initiative—Ami Gunasekara, CDFA Science Advisor
  • Break (15 mins)
  • Update on CropManage decision support tool—Mike Cahn, UCCE Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Benito
  • Adapting CropManage for processing tomato—Daniel Geisseler, UCD Land, Air & Water Resources
  • Adapting CropManage for Oxnard—Andre Biscaro, UCCE Ventura-San Bernardino-Los Angeles
  • Future for CropManage within ANR—Gabriel Youtsey, UCANR Communication Services and IT

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

This is a joint meeting--Vegetable Crop Program Team and Weed Workgroup.
8:30-10:30 AM Pest management session--20 min. each (moderator: Margaret Lloyd)
  • Weed management research update—Richard Smith, UCCE Monterey-Santa Cruz-San Benito
  • Bacterial canker on tomato—Gitta Coaker, UCD Plant Pathology
  • Environmental trade-offs of on-farm food safety policies and practices—Sasha Gennet, The Nature Conservancy
  • Fusarium on celery—Lynn Epstein, UCD Plant Pathology
  • Soil health and tomato IPM—Rachel Vannette, UCD Entomology & Nematology
10:30-10:45 Break
10:45-12:10 PM Self-introduction of new members (moderators: Steve Fennimore and Travis Bean)
12:30-2:00 Working lunch (Moderator: Tim Hartz)
2:00 PM Adjourn


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