The California Alfalfa Seed Production Symposium is set for March 9, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center in Five Points. 

The symposium agenda topics will include: an update on the alfalfa seed industry; the need for assessment of the alfalfa seed industry; how to obtain pesticide registration for the alfalfa seed industry; gene flow studies enhanced by tracking pollinator movement; the alfalfa seed stewardship program; a spray table demonstration of nozzles and pressures; 2010 drip irrigation trial results; drip irrigation system considerations; IR measurement of stress as a tool for irrigation scheduling; an integrated approach to controlling pocket gophers and voles in seed alfalfa; coexistence with crop isolation mapping; and chemical company updates. 

Cost is $20 and includes one copy of the symposium proceedings and lunch.  Pre-registration, due by Feb. 28 to the Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board, assures lunch for participants.  Those registering on the day of the event will receive lunch on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For additional information, contact the Alfalfa Seed Production Research Board at (559) 591-4792 or Fresno County Farm Advisor Shannon Mueller at 559-456-7261 or 

 Source: Fresno County Farm Bureau