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This 3-1/2 day course is designed to enhance participants’ knowledge of the underlying biology of seed production and the key roles of bees and other insect pollinators, how to manage seed crops from agronomic, quality control, and genetic integrity standpoints, and how to meet new challenges through seed production research.

Targeted participants include seed production professionals and others who would benefit by knowing more about how to grow, manage and process crops for seed and to attain and enhance seed quality. Participant interactions are fostered and reinforced by break-out group discussions addressing the key topics presented.

A team of widely respected instructors will be back to teach this course. In addition, a number of seed production professionals from both UC Davis and the industry will participate as guest presenters to add their insights on specific topics.

The course includes wet-seeded vegetable crops (cucurbits, tomatoes and peppers), dry-seeded vegetable crops (brassicas, carrots, onions, spinach and lettuce), and agronomic crops (sunflower, alfalfa and forages, canola, cereals and corn). Attention is also given to organic seed production.

The course format includes both plenary sessions and separate concurrent vegetable and agronomic crop sessions in order to focus more closely on topics that are specific to these crop groups.



Jim SchweigertGro Alliance
Ron AmarelSuba Seeds
Tye AndersonSakata Seed America
John PalmerCalifornia Crop Improvement Association
Michael DowgertCropX
Pamela MarroneMarrone Bio Innovations
Patty BuskirkSeeds by Design
Peter MarksAginnovation
Mike PereiraGranum Services

Kent BradfordUC Davis
Greg WelbaumVirginia Tech University
Lindsey du ToitWashington State University
Elina NinoUC Davis
Neal WilliamsUC Davis
Pedro BelloUC Davis
Rale Gjuric – UC Davis

Source: UC Davis

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