It’ll be expensive, but most likely worth it for industries to pull together and eliminate the parasitic weed broomrape from California. Broomrape has been seen in several California fields, and cases have increased over the last decade.
Retired UC Cooperative Extension Advisor Gene Miyao outlined the cost to clear those fields of the pest, and it’s is expensive. He suggested it may be a good idea for several groups in the tomato industry to pull together. “None of those fields where branched broomrape has been found and reported have been fumigated,” he said. “At $4,000 an acre, it’s very costly and not economically viable for an individual grower.”
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