The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) hosted its 2018 Spring Summit on April 24 – 25 in Temecula. Summit attendees toured UC Riverside’s citrus grove and experiment station and learned about the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) mitigation standards for bulk citrus movement, scouting techniques, identification, and management strategies.
With more than 500 HLB-positive trees confirmed in Southern California, it is critical that pest control advisers involved with citrus are kept up to date with ACP detection and management strategies. The Spring Summit included the following topics and speakers:
- Strategies for management of Asian citrus psyllid in California – Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell, University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources
- Mitigation standards for the new Asian citrus psyllid regional quarantine – Victoria Hornbaker, California Department of Food and Agriculture
- Scouting techniques and identification of Asian citrus psyllid in the field – Alan Washburn, Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program
- Update on Asian citrus psyllid and HLB management – Bob Atkins, Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program
CCM’s Directory of Regulatory Affairs Lori Apodaca and Director of Field Operations Joel Medina Reyes worked the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Program booth throughout the summit. Due to the ACP focus of the summit, Lori and Joel fielded many questions about ACP and HLB, including steps being taken to combat the spread of ACP in commercial citrus, funding for residential programs, and quarantine rules.