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Summer 2018 Newsletter

Last Edition   (Volume 22, Issue 2) .

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Fertilizers: Types, Use, and Methods of Monitoring Fertilizer Status in a Nursery Operation

Last Workshop of the Year

October 25, 2018

Join us for a workshop series (English and Spanish sessions available) where UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Donald Merhaut and Monterey County Director María de la Fuente will present plant nutrition and fertilizer management information useful to nursery growers, managers, and personnel.

This workshop will focus on fertilizers and their use in nursery operations. The first half of this program will describe fertilizer types such as granular fertilizers, Controlled Release Fertilizers (CRFs) and liquid fertilizers. We will describe the pros and cons of each fertilizer type and how to optimize fertilizer performance. The second half of the program will be dedicated to monitoring and measuring the quality of irrigation water and media. We will identify and demonstrate methods of conducting on-site tests for measuring media quality and water quality. We will then review protocols for proper sampling for off-site sample analyses

English Registration

Spanish Registration


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Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan 

We Value Your Feedback

WHAT: The Central Valley Water Board is providing a 30-day public comment period for the proposed Irrigation and Nitrogen Management Plan templates (Worksheet and Summary Report). The Executive Officer will consider public comments before issuing approval of the templates.

WHO: Nursery Growers 

WHEN: The deadline for written comments regarding the INMP templates and instructions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 15 October 2018. Comments may be submitted either by mail or electronically. Please submit comments to:

Ashley Peters
Central Valley Water Board
11020 Sun Center Drive, #200
Rancho Cordova, CA 95670



For more information visit: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/



Steve Tjosvold Launches New Blog

Environmental Horticulture Farm Advisor Emeritus

Steven (Steve) Tjosvold concluded a 38-year career with UC ANR on June 28 as environmental horticulture farm advisor in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties. The emphasis of Tjosvold’s program was floriculture and nursery production, but he also worked with the turf and landscape industries and provided leadership for Santa Cruz County’s Master Gardner program. He is internationally respected in the scientific community and lauded by nursery growers for his years of research and extension activities contributing to the knowledge of the biology and management of Phytophthora ramorum (sudden oak death). As an emeritus, Tjosvold launched a blog for UCNFA that will help to replace the loss of the newsletter due to retirements -UCNFA Newsletter 2018 Final Edition.        

Blog: http://ucanr.edu/blogs/NurseryFlower/

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Online Tool for Best Management Practices

for Multiple Pests in California Nursery and Floriculture Operations

This online tool allows growers/shippers to create a set of BMPs unique to their nursery based on county locations and the pests/pathogens under quarantine or of concern in those counties. 

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Any questions about upcoming or recent events?

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Upcoming Events: 


Fertilizers: Types, Use, and Methods of Monitoring Fertilizer Status in a Nursery Operation

Last Workshop of the Year
October 25, 2018
Fresno, CA

English and Spanish sessions available 

English Registration

Registracion en Español




California Nursery Conference & Grower Tour in conjunction with the USDA NC1186 and S-1065 Groups
June 19-20, 2018
Presentations posted
Watsonville, CA

Pest Management Symposium
February 22, 2018
Presentations posted
Watsonville, CA 

To view programs in 2017 and before, go to the Programs and Publications page

Container Nursery Production and Business Management Manual

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

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