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Researchers & Grower-Shipper Association Collaborate to Battle INSV

Grower-Shipper Association of Central California (GSA) — Implementing effective disease and pest management strategies is a continual challenge for farmers. While these challenges are not new in agriculture, they impact more than just farmers. Lower yields due to disease and pest pressure affects farm employees and harvesting crews too and can also inhibit our ability to provide a steady supply of affordable …

Field Bindweed Yield Impacts on Processing Tomatoes May be Less than Expected

Field bindweed (Convolvulsus arvensis) is considered by many tomato growers to be the most problematic of all weeds in California production areas. Indeed, field bindweed and the closely related morning glory weeds were ranked the 8th most troublesome weeds in North America in a recent survey by the Weed Science Society of America. The rapid adoption of drip irrigation and the …

Soil-Biodegradable Mulch In Strawberry Field Day, Aug 17

The UC Cooperative Extension, Washington State University and Monterey Bay Marine Sanctuary have been working together this past year field testing five different formulations of biodegradable bed mulch in strawberry.  See five types of soil-biodegradable mulches (BDMs) applied to strawberries in Salinas Valley. Learn what a BDM is, what it is made from, and comparative economics with traditional PE plastic mulch. See …

Preparing to Harvest Raisins Under Smoky Skies: What Growers Need to Know

Most agricultural news coverage of the wildfire impact last year focused on the wine grape industry.  Though raisins don’t share the same concern for smoke taint as wine grapes, the lack of radiant sunlight due to smoky overcast skies had a significant effect on the sugar accumulation and natural drying process for much of Central Valley raisin crop last year. …

Managing Vineyard Pests & Diseases in a Dry Year

A dry winter and spring impacts more than just water availability for the season. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor Gabriel Torres as he shares expected vineyard pest and disease pressures in a dry year.  Read more about vineyard pest and disease management in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Vmech for their industry support.

Drought Impact on Early Season Stage of SJV Wine Grapes

Choosing when to irrigate this season with a very limited resource amidst the current drought can be quite a challenge, and the adverse effects of insufficient irrigation are already becoming manifest in the 2021 San Joaquin Valley wine grape crop.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor Karl Lund and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank …

New Monitoring Tool for Navel Orangeworm in Mating Disrupted Orchards

Traditional navel orangeworm monitoring tools have proven less effective in the presence of mating disruption technology in the orchard. Watch this brief video with UC IPM Advisor Jhalendra Rijal as he addresses the issue and shares about some new technology that can help growers more effectively monitor this tree nut pest.  Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. …

Managing Walnut Husk Fly in the Orchard

Walnut growers should start monitoring for walnut husk fly in May.  Watch this video with emeritus UCCE IPM Specialist Bob Van Steenwyk as he provides timely step by step directions on how to monitor and manage this pest.  Read more about orchard pest management in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for their industry support.

CA Passes Pandemic Aid for Smaller Family Farms

Yesterday California state leaders enacted budget legislation to provide critical support for small and historically underserved farmers impacted by the pandemic. With approval of Senate Bill 85, state funding to the tune of $3.35 million from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) will help ensure much-needed direct relief to farmers left out of previous aid efforts as well …

Harvest Weed Seed Control in California: Potential and Limitations

In Mediterranean or arid climates, particularly in areas with marginal soils, crop rotations are often limited to a narrow range of hay, pasture, a handful of winter legumes, or rainy-season grasses. Arid conditions and weathered soils drove Australia’s rainfed grain growers to adopt no-till strategies earlier than their counterparts in California. While beneficial from a water use perspective, successful no-till …

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