Seminar Tackles Vineyard/Orchard Pest Management Issues

November 1, 2012 • Susan Stout, Contributing Writer

UPPER LAKE – The  Mendocino College 15th Annual IPM (Integrated Pest Management) Seminar, addressing such topics as weed control strategies, exotic pests in North Coast vineyards, sudden oak death, and nutrition for trees and vines, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., at The Lodge at Blue Lakes, 5135 W. Highway 20.

This year’s seminar is co-sponsored by the Lake County Winegrape Commission and Mendocino College.

The enrollment fee for the daylong event is $45 for individuals who register online at mendocinocollegeipm2012.eventbrite.com. Fee for registration by mail or fax is $55. Attendees may earn 7 hours of continuing education approved by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR).

Deadline for registration is November 11. Lunch will be provided to pre-registered attendees. Walk-ins may be accommodated for the seminar, but lunch will not be guaranteed, according to the sponsors. For information, contact Paul Zellman, education director for the Lake County Winegrape Commission, by sending an email to paulz@lakecountywinegrape.org or by fax to 707-463-6699. Additionally, information is available from Jim Xerogeanes, director of Agriculture/Natural Resources at Mendocino College, at jxerogea@mendocino.edu.

Check-in for the class will begin at 7:30 a.m. Presentations will begin at 8 a.m. Scheduled speakers include John Roncoroni, weed specialist, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), Napa County; Kim Gallagher Horton, Biobest, USA; Tom Anderson, DPR; Paul Ryan, DPR Enforcement Branch liaison; Lucia Varela, Ph.D., UCCE, Sonoma; Jack Marshall, California Department of Forestry/CalFire; and Greg Young, soil scientist and vineyard/agricultural consultant.

A panel of growers will give a review of this year’s pest management issues in vineyards and orchards. Broc Zoller, The Pear Doctor, will be joined by Ann Thrupp, sustainability manager for Fetzer & Bonterra Vineyards, and Daniel Robledo, Crop Production Services.

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