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Pest management and pesticide safety seminars to be held, digitally 

The University of California Cooperative Extension Sutter-Yuba-Colusa will hold a series of webinars in September and October to provide research updates on some of the major crops in the Sacramento Valley. 

“The classes are relevant to growers throughout California and are primarily focused on pest management and pesticide safety,” said Whitney Brim-DeForest of the UCCE Sutter-Yuba-Colusa.

On Sept. 9, a webinar featuring Franz Niederholzer, Orchard Systems Advisor will be held. 

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

Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, Vegetable Crops Advisor, will give a 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,” said Vinchesi-Vahl.

 Her research on tomatoes covers cultivator trials for within-row weed control and monitoring of soilborne fungal pathogens. 

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

“The webinar will provide an opportunity for discussion and interaction about weed identification,” she said. “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,” said Light.

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). 

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