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Spray Timing for Almond Bloom Diseases with Brent Holtz

Beekeepers have begun delivering hives to almond orchards and the buds of all varieties are swelling and prepping for bloom. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Farm Advisor Brent Holtz as he shares some important advice with growers regarding bloom fungicide spray timing, and read his monthly Almond Tasks column in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for …

Areawide, Coordinated ACP Treatment Participation More Important Than Ever For Citrus Growers

As the threat of Huanglongbing (HLB) continues, industry members know that the best way to prevent HLB from infecting our groves is to limit populations of the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), which spread the deadly disease. This winter, it’s critically important for California’s citrus growing operations to actively participate in local, area-wide or coordinated treatments to further boost our industry’s efforts in …

HLB Quarantine Expansion Connects Boundaries in Jurupa Valley and Riverside Areas

Effective Dec. 6, 2021, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has expanded the Huanglongbing (HLB) quarantine boundaries in Riverside and San Bernardino counties in the Jurupa Valley and Riverside areas to create one quarantine area, connecting parts of Orange, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Bernardino counties. A map of the boundary expansion can be found below and at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/hlb/regulation.html#maps. …

Why Sonoma County Needs a Wine Grape Pest Control District

“Napa County has a Wine Grape Pest Control District, why not other critical wine growing regions in the North Coast?” This was a topic of discussion at the recent Sonoma Grape Expo.  Vineyards are constantly threatened by invasive pests and diseases, and Jason Saling (local grower, President of the Sonoma County Vineyard Technical Group, and Chair pro Tem on the …

NIFA Invests Nearly $11M to Combat & Prevent Citrus Greening Disease

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) announced an investment of nearly $11 million for research to combat Huanglongbing (HLB), commonly known as citrus greening disease. HLB, caused by an insect bacterium, is the most severe threat to global citrus production. “NIFA’s Emergency Citrus Disease Research and Extension program brings the nation’s top scientists …

USDA Provides Farmers $1.8 Billion to Offset Market Fluctuations

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is in the process of issuing $1.8 billion in payments to agricultural producers who enrolled in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs for the 2020 crop year.  These payments provide critical support to help mitigate fluctuations in either revenue or prices for certain crops. These two USDA safety-net programs help …

CDFA Seeking New Grower Representative and Public Member for the Citrus Pest & Disease Prevention Committee

The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) is announcing two vacancies on the Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee. The committee advises the CDFA Secretary on activities associated with the statewide citrus specific pest and disease work plan that includes, but is not limited to, outreach and education programs and programs for surveying, detecting, analyzing, and treating pests and …

Leaffooted Bug Pressure Increases in California Almonds

Navel Orangeworm is not the only major pest of California almonds. Leaffooted bug damage is also leading to crop rejections, and unfortunately, growers do not have a lot of tools for managing this pest. Watch this brief interview with Drew Wolter from the Almond Board of California as he explains. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

A Word of Caution for Navel Orangeworm Winter Orchard Sanitation

As almond growers diligently begin their Navel Orangeworm winter sanitation and “Mummy Shakes” as the Almond Board of California puts it, Modesto grower Bill Brush shares concerns about caring for young almond trees amidst these sanitation efforts. Watch this brief interview with Bill and read more about almond orchard practices in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for …

CA DPR Invites Input on Development of Statewide Pesticide Notification System

The public is invited next week to provide input into the development of a statewide system by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) that will notify the public in advance of pesticide applications occurring near where people live, work or play. The 2021-22 state budget allocated $10 million to DPR to begin the development of the tool, which will …

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