Homeowners, farmers, ranchers, pest control applicators and land managers are invited to attend a Yellow starthistle control workshop set for Friday, January 28, 2011. The event will be held from 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the El Dorado County Administrative Building C (Planning Commission Room), 2850 Fairlane Court in Placerville. Participants will learn about mechanical, cultural and chemical control methods to control Yellow starthistle plus plant biology and growth development. Farmers and ranchers will also learn techniques specific to controlling Yellow starthistle in orchard and vineyard settings. Winter is the perfect time to prepare a Yellow starthistle control plan and apply herbicide treatments, since several herbicides are most effective when applied at the early stages of plant development. Workshop participants will also learn how to prevent the introduction and/or further spread of Yellow starthistle and other invasive weeds on their property, to protect uninfested and priority or high-value areas.
Registration for this free workshop is recommended, but not required and available online at http://ucanr.org/ystworkshop1-28-11 or by calling Nancy Starr at University of California Cooperative Extension (530) 621-5503. This workshop is presented by the El Dorado County Invasive Weeds Management Group, University of California Cooperative Extension and the El Dorado County Agriculture Department.