Central Coast strawberry growers can get the latest information on pest and fungus control at the University of California Cooperative Extension’s annual Strawberry Field Day set for May 10 in Santa Maria.

The field day will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Manzanita Berry Farms, 1891 W. Main St., said Surendra Dara, the UC Cooperative Extension strawberry and vegetable crops adviser for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

In addition to a regulatory update, the field day will cover fungicide resistance, anaerobic soil disinfestation, alternative strategies for soil pests and integrated pest management strategies for pests and diseases.

Other topics to be discussed include trap cropping and biocontrol of lygus bug, yield and pest predictions based on climate, treating agricultural runoff and spray equipment calibration, Dara said.

The event will include a demonstration of drones for releasing predatory mites, monitoring crop health and spraying pesticides.

Spanish translation and lunch will be provided, and attendees will have an opportunity to win an iPad mini in a raffle by Arysta LifeScience.

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Organizers have requested four continuing education credits for the Department of Pesticide Regulation and continuing education units for certified crop advisers.

Attendance is free, but participants are asked to preregister by May 6 online at http://ucanr.edu/2017strawberryfieldday. For more information, call Krysti Jerdin at 781-5940.

This report was compiled by News Editor Mike Hodgson. He can be reached at mhodgson@leecentralcoastnews.com.

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