Field Trips

(Preliminary and subject to change, listed in alphabetical order)

All field trip buses will depart from the front of the Convention Center, 300 E. Green Street.

Citrus Facilities Near Riverside, California, and Their Role in Combating Huanglongbing

Saturday, August 1 • 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Richard Lee, USDA-ARS-NCGRCD, Riverside, CA, U.S.A.; Manjunath Keremane, USDA-ARS-NCGRCD, Riverside, CA, U.S.A.; Anne Whitefield, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Vector Pathogen Complexes Committee
Fee: $65

This is a full-day field trip to the Riverside area to look at citrus facilities and learn of efforts in California to combat Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and huanglongbing. This will provide an overview of the area wide management districts, use of biological control for the ACP, efforts to produce clean plants, and a tour of the Citrus Research Board diagnostic lab.

Stops will include a walking and tasting tour of the U of CA – Riverside (UCR) Citrus Variety Collection where you will experience the delightful differences of a variety of citrus selections; tour of the USDA, ARS National Clonal Germplasm Repository with an overview of shoot tip grafting and the newly developed cryotherapy to rid citrus of graft transmissible pathogens; a working lunch at UCR Ag Ops to learn about steps taken to delay the establishment of ACP and HLB, along with a summary of the citrus breeding program; visit to a packing house for an overview of how pest management districts are funded and what measures they are taking for detection of HLB in psyllid; visit to the Citrus Research Board Diagnostic Laboratory to learn about testing plants/psyllid for the bacterium associated with HLB and the biological control program for the ACP.

FULL Ornamental

Saturday, August 1 • 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Organizers: Ann Chase, Chase Agricultural Consulting LLC, Cottonwood, AZ, U.S.A.; Jan Hall, Target Specialty Products, CA, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: TBD
Financial Sponsor: Chase Agriculture Consulting LLC, BASF Corporation
Fee: $35

Participants on the ornamental field trip will visit two nurseries: Colorama Wholesale Nursery, #31 on the 2015 Greenhouse Grower Top 100 Grower List; and Glendora Gardens, a family owned retail/wholesale nursery specializing in plants for the Mediterranean climate. In addition to learning about these nursery operations, participants will learn about IPM practices and diseases of concern.  Participants will also visit the Cal Poly Pomona Plant Science Department which has a comprehensive farming operation with citrus, avocados, other subtropical fruits, field crops, an animal agriculture unit, 40,000 square feet of modern production and research greenhouse facilities, hydroponic production of lettuce, tomatoes, and berries, and a turf unit currently dedicated to irrigation issues. Prevalent diseases and insect/disease situations include Shothole Borer and Fusarium spp. on avocado, Phytophthora root rot on avocado, common greenhouse diseases issues and the Asian Citrus Psyllid biological control program. Participants will end the day with a visit Huntington Gardens, covering 120 acres with more than a dozen specialized gardens arranged within a park-like setting.

CLOSED Southern California Agriculture (Two Days)

Friday, July 31, 7:30 a.m. – Saturday, August 1, 6:00 p.m.
Organizers: Jim Adaskaveg, UC Riverside, Riverside, CA, U.S.A.; Gerald Holmes, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA, U.S.A.; Chang-Lin Xiao, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA, U.S.A.; Doug Gubler, University of California, Davis, CA, U.S.A. 
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Postharvest Pathology, Small Fruit Working Group
Financial Sponsors: Arysta LifeScience, BASF Corporation, Bayer CropScience, Dow AgroSciences, DuPont, JBT Corporation, Syngenta, Valent USA
Fee: $195

The two-day "Southern California Coastal Agriculture Tour" will include a stop at NASA JPL for a private tour to discuss the search for life on other planets and to discuss potential diseases of plants grown in long-term colonies of the moon, Mars, and space stations. The tour will continue with visits to citrus and avocado orchards and packinghouses, vineyards, and wineries, as well as small fruit farms including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. The tour will conclude with a visit to the world famous pier and boardwalk in historic Santa Barbara before returning to Pasadena, CA.

Southern California Forest Health Issues: Drought, Forest Insects, and Diseases

Saturday, August 1 • 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Organizers: Isabel Munck, USFS, Portsmouth, NH, U.S.A.; Jane Stewart, University of GA, Athens, GA, U.S.A.; Akif Eskalen, University of California, Riverside, CA, U.S.A.; Susan Frankel, USDA FS Pacific Southwest Research Station, Albany, CA, U.S.A.; Melody Lardner, Forest Service, U.S.A.
Sponsoring Committee/Sponsors: Forest Pathology
Fee: $70

Southern California, from Pasadena around the San Gabriel and Santa Susana Mountain Ranges, provides opportunities to view plants under stress from drought, urban encroachment and invasive pests. We will visit an arboretum and garden infested with the polyphagous shot hole borer and Fusarium, and then head to other nearby open areas to view other native and exotic insects and pathogens of various native and landscape trees and shrubs. Tour will include a discussion with U of CA – Riverside (UCR) faculty at Huntington Botanical Gardens; lunch with an oak tree specialist in the City of Santa Clarita; hike at Quigley Canyon Open Space w/ UCR faculty; and discussion of Pasadena banyan tree diseases with a plant pathologist from the LA County Ag Commissioner’s Office.

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