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Resurgence of Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer in California Vineyards

Resurgence of Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer in California Vineyards

As if California grape growers didn’t have enough pest issues to deal with, UCCE Entomologist Surendra Dara reported a recent resurgence of the Western Grapeleaf Skeletonizer in California.  Watch this brief interview with Dara, as he shares where the pest is resurfacing and how growers can manage it both conventionally and organically.  Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. …

Fiddleneck on Rangelands

Fiddleneck 3

Fiddleneck (Amsinckia spp.) is a native plant in California. It occurs in grasslands and open, disturbed areas (DiTomaso, Kyser et al. 2013) and is sold as a pollinator plant in native plant seed mixes. Its bright yellow flowers catch the eye of those looking for wildflowers. However, it is important to note that fiddleneck is toxic to livestock. Fiddleneck seeds …

Western Growers Statement on California DPR Ban on Chlorpyrifos

In response to yesterday’s announcement that the California Department of Pesticide Residue (DPR) is acting to ban the use of the insecticide chlorpyrifos, Western Growers President and CEO Tom Nassif issued the following statement: “California farmers are universally committed to the safety of their food, the health of their workers and communities, and the sustainability of their land. At every …

Plant Protection & Quarantine Releases 2018 Annual Report

Plant Protection & Quarantine

Safeguarding our Nation’s agriculture and natural resources against harmful plant pests is an awesome responsibility, one we take very seriously. Thanks to USDA’s Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ) employees, cooperators, and partners, the United States has one of the most robust plant health safeguarding systems in the world. That is because we continuously take steps to enhance our ability to …

How to Control Grubs in Blueberries: Organic & Conventional Methods

How to Control Grubs in Blueberries: Organic & Conventional Methods

Masked Chafer (AKA white grubs) have been problematic for blueberry growers, particularly in the Central Valley of California.  The good news is that researchers and entomologists have come up with both organic and conventional methods treatments for these soil pests.  Watch this brief interview UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor David Haviland to learn about these options and read more about …

Sterile Insect Facility to Aid Growers with Navel Orangeworm Management

Sterile Insect Facility to Aid Growers with Navel Orangeworm Management

Researchers and growers are tackling the formidable tree nut pest Navel Orangeworm from all fronts.  One method underway is in utilizing the same sterile insect technology and facility that eradicated pink bollworm from the cotton industry years ago.  There have been some challenges in adapting the system for Navel Orangeworm, as shared by Bob Klein from the Pistachio Research Board; …

Concern for Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption

Concern for Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption

Navel Orangeworm has become a serious pest in California for many agricultural commodities, especially for tree nuts.  Mating disruption technology has proven to be a critical tool in managing this pest; however some growers may have concerns with utilizing this technology on their farms.  Check out this brief interview with Brad Higbee, now Field Research & Development Manager for Trece, …

How to Control Thrips in Blueberries

How to Control Thrips in Blueberries

Citrus thrips have been a major nuisance for California blueberry growers, but how do you keep them under control and when should you apply crop protection materials? Is there an organic treatment available? Watch this brief interview UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor David Haviland as he answers all these questions. Read more about blueberry pest management in California Fresh Fruit …

How Inconsistent Weather can Make Mealybug Management More Difficult

How Inconsistent Weather can Make Mealybug Management More Difficult

Insects are much easier to manage when they start off the season in similar stages of development.  Unfortunately, that is not always the case, especially when you start off the season with inconsistent weather patterns.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Entomologist out of Kern County, David Haviland, as he explains this with regard to mealybugs.

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