Participants in a previous conference check out a carrot variety trial at the South Coast Research and Extension Center in Irvine, Calif. The 2017 conference is scheduled for March 19-22 in Bakersfield, Calif. ( Kern County Cooperative Extension )

California carrot growers will mingle with counterparts from around the world in March during the 38th International Carrot Conference in Bakersfield.

The California Fresh Carrot Advisory Board, which usually hosts a series of presentations at its annual meeting, will incorporate those presentations into the international conference and has its meeting immediately following the conference, said Nathan Sano, manager of the advisory board.

"Instead of doing two events, we're going to combine the two," he said.

The board will be a sponsor of the event and "will be attending and participating," Sano said.

The International Carrot Conference is scheduled for March 19-22 at the Doubletree Hotel, said chairman Joe Nunez, vegetable and plant pathology farm adviser for the Kern County Cooperative Extension.

It takes place every 18 to 24 months, usually in Washington or in Canada, but past meetings have been in France and South Africa he said.

Registration costs $275 and can be completed online at www.ucanr.edu/carrots, or participants can register onsite the day of the event.

The conference will kick off with a reception March 19, Nunez said.

On March 20-21, panelists will share information about the latest research and developments in the carrot industry.

March 20 presentations focus on pest management topics like nematology, plant pathology and crop production. March 21 topics relate to variety development and breeding.

A highlight of the conference will be a field day on March 22.

More than 140 carrot varieties will be on display at the advisory board's research farm along with displays of nematode trials and nematicide trials.

A major tractor dealer will demonstrate some high-tech equipment available to growers, Nunez said.

About 120 attendees are expected at the conference, including breeders, seed company representatives, growers and researchers from universities and government agencies.

"They're coming from all over the world," Nunez said.

 
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