Vegetable Research & Information Center, UC Cooperative Extension

2008-2009 UC Vegetable Crops Continuing Conference

January 26-27, 2009 (Monday-Tuesday)
MU II, Memorial Union, UC Davis

This annual in-service conference for University personnel with vegetable crops responsibilities is held at UC Davis.

ANR has allocated a maximum of $350/person for travel reimbursement (transportation, food, and lodging) to attend the VC3 and the Plant Sciences Combined Continuing Conference. The assumption is based on a 2-night stay. The reimbursement amount may be too little for those traveling from longer distances. ANR can approve additional funds on a case-by-case basis. We hope also that individuals will assist us in supplementing the ANR funds with their own funds if those are available. Questions regarding travel reimbursement should be directed to Dan Putnam (Program Leader) at

For more information on VC3, contact the UC Vegetable Research and Information Center (VRIC) at (530) 752-1748 or

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Monday, January 26, 2009

9:50 AM Welcome
9:50-11:30 Farm Advisors and Specialist updates (moderator: Cindy Fake)

* Evaluation of reduced fall-timed tillage in processing tomatoes, Gene Miyao, UCCE Yolo-Sacramento-Solano Counties
* Irrigation levels and fresh market tomato fruit quality, Aziz Baameur, UCCE Santa Clara County
* Extended field storage in processing tomatoes: does it fit in California?, Michelle LeStrange, UCCE Tulare-Kings Counties
* Low tech cultivators for removing weeds from the seedline of transplanted crops, Richard Smith, UCCE Monterey-San Benito-Santa Cruz Counties
* Postharvest handling challenges: freshcut veggie trays, Marita Cantwell, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
* Regulatory compliance issues impacting vegetable producers in the SJV, Richard Molinar, UCCE Fresno County

11:30-12:15 VRIC report: activities, future directions, introduction of new VRIC members (Tim Hartz)
12:15-1:15 PM Lunch
  Pest management updates (moderator: Eric Natwick)
1:15-1:35 * Plant disease developments in coastal California, Steve Koike, UCCE Monterey County
1:35-1:55 * Thrips: aspects of biology and management, Eric Natwick, UCCE Imperial County
1:55-2:15 * Changes in vegetable production and impact on Sclerotinia, Krishna Subbarao, UC Davis
2:15-2:35 * Update on tomato yellow leaf curl virus: implications for California tomato production, Maria Rojas, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
2:35-2:55 * Update on tomato spotted wilt virus, Robert Gilbertson, Dept. of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
2:55-3:15 * Expanded host range for cucurbit yellow stunting disorder virus: implications for California melon production, William Wintermantel, USDA ARS, Salinas, CA (presented by Eric Natwick)
3:15-3:30 Break
3:30-4:00 Microbial food safety/traceability, Trevor Suslow, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

Production system changes: where are we going, and why?
* Jeff Mitchell, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis/UC KAC
* Richard Smith


Tuesday, January 27, 2009

8:00-9:40 AM Emerging issues updates (moderator: Tim Hartz)

* Outlook for fertilizer and supply, Tim Hartz
* Water supply outlook, Jerry Johns, Calif. Dept. of Water Resources
* Air quality regulation (AB 32), Ken Trott, Calif. Dept. of Food & Agriculture
* Nitrous oxide emissions, Martin Burger, Dept. Land, Air and Water Resources, UC Davis

9:40-10:00 Break
10:00-11:45 Statistics refresher: FAQs, Neil Willits, Statistics Lab, UC Davis

SAS refresher, Brenna Aegerter, UCCE San Joaquin County and Mike Cahn, UCCE Monterey County **contact Brenna Aegerter [] if you want the SAS programs**

11:45-12:45 PM Lunch
  Commodity Workgroup sessions

Pepper Workgroup (MUII)
Chair: Jose Aguiar

Cool Season Vegetables Workgroup (Garrison)
Chair: Richard Smith
2:45-3:00 Break
  Processing Tomatoes Workgroup (MUII)
Co-chairs: Gene Miyao and Scott Stoddard
Allium Workgroup (Garrison)
3:00-4:00 Warm Season Vegetables Workgroup (MUII)
Chair: Michelle Le Strange and Tim Hartz
Potato Workgroup (Garrison)
5:00 Adjourn


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