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Serving the educational needs of the various agricultural production industries in California that produce greenhouse ornamental crops and outdoor nursery products.

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Summer 2017 Newsletter 

(Volume 21, Issue 1)
Newest edition!

Our Summer 2017 newsletter issue focuses on Phytophthora and other root pathogens and how to manage these diseases in the nursery.

The Payoff of Recycling Nursery Water 

By: Bruno J. L. Pitton, Lorence R. Oki, Darren L. Haver, and Grant E. Johnson

Is there potential for interruption in your water supply that will delay or reduce crop production? Is your water supply becoming more expensive? Are regulations on the water discharged from your operation becoming more difficult to meet? Or do you see water as a precious resource leaving your operation, and would like to capture it for reuse?

Altman Specialty Plants was concerned about interruption in the supply and the increasing cost of the municipal water they relied on, so an irrigation runoff capturing system was built to address these concerns. 

-Original Publisher: American Nurseryman


Use of scouting as a pest management practice by California nurseries

Now available: Publication by Bill Matthews examining the economics of scouting. This study was a joint project with the Agricultural Issues Center and UCNFA, funded by a CDFA Specialty Crops Block Grant. 

Select ABC's workshops are now online!
UCNFA online presentations in both English and Spanish can now be accessed online.

We hope you find value in these educational presentations and we look forward to offering more in the future!  


Nursery manual cover
Now available from the ANR catalog for $40.00 per copy

UC Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual 

Irrigation Uniformity Worksheet (Excel file will download)
Having an efficient irrigation system is key to managing water resources under drought conditions. Click on the link above to download this Excel worksheet developed by Loren Oki and Darren Haver of UC Cooperative Extension. This worksheet will calculate the distribution uniformity of an irrigation system when measurements of the water volume captured in catch cans is entered.

New light brown apple moth (LBAM) resources
from Steve Tjosvold and Neal Murray, UCCE Santa Cruz County
Field Identification Guide (PDF)
Scouting and Field Identification Video (13:10)

Online Tool for Best Management Practices for Multiple Pests in California Nursery and Floriculture Operations

Need continuing education credits for your license or job?
Find information at these links below:

DPR Continuing Education Info
CCA Continuing Education Info
LA Irrigated Lands Group Info
LA Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Waiver Info
Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Waiver Info
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board Conditional Waiver Info

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Upcoming Events:




2018 California Nursery Conference and Grower Tour
Monterey, CA
June 2018. Dates to be determined

This meeting is being held in conjunction with the USDA NC1186 and S-1065


California Nursery Conference
July 27, 2017
Presentations posted
Irvine, CA

ABC's of Plant Pathology
February 16, 2017
Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center
Parlier, CA
English Session
Spanish Session

ABC's of Plant Pathology
January 31, 2017
Center for Applied Horticulture Research
San Marcos, CA
English Session

To view programs in 2016 and before, go to the Program and Publications page


Any questions about upcoming or recent events?


Loren Oki lroki@ucdavis.edu

Leticia Macias lemacias@ucdavis.edu


We'll add it to our web site!

From the UC Blogosphere...

UC Davis Lecture by Science Journalist Richard Harris: Why You Shouldn't Miss This
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A Gulf Fritillary, Agraulis vanillae, lands on a Mexican sunflower. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey) Autumn's Majesty: Tithonia
Posted 10/18/2017 - If there's any flower that should be crowned "Autumn's Majesty," that would be the Mexican sunflower (Tithonia...

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