There are good natural defenses for aphids and spider mites and monitoring for those biological control agents is as important are scouting for the pest.
Researchers have confirmed that a type of hopper transmits the virus associated with red blotch disease. Experts believed spread was happening as symptoms were popping up sporadically, and now researchers know why.
Ants are a hit-or-miss pest in almonds, depending a lot on the soil type of the orchard. Advisors say properly identifying ants is an important step to determining pressure.
Walnut growers are monitoring their orchards for codling moth this time of year. A codling moth treatment should depend on several factors.
Almond orchards that saw a wet spring might need to start monitoring anthracnose pressure a little more closely, especially if they see the same weather next season.
The increased rain we saw this winter, compared to previous years, may help control NOW pressure in almonds this season. Advisors warn however that growers can’t get complacent.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced a settlement with Snowden Enterprises, Inc., over the distribution of a misbranded restricted use pesticide. The firm, located in Fresno, Calif., has agreed to pay $34,320 in civil penalties, and has corrected all the identified compliance issues.
Huanglongbing (HLB)-detecting dogs alerted on several trees earlier this month in California. Those identified trees were tested, and only one came back HLB-positive.
It’s recommended that HLB infected trees be taken out if and when there start showing up in commercial groves in California and growers say Florida would be in a much better position if they would have done the same.
Avocado industry monitoring the spread of shot hole borer pest U.C. Cooperative Extension, the California Avocado Commission, California Avocado Society and Cal Poly showed San Luis Obispo County growers how shot hole borer (SHB) traps work at a recent installment in the Avocado Growers Seminar Series.
ACP quarantines and restrictions that come with them apply to everyone, commercial and residential. Some examples of not following the rules proves the need for more outreach.
A joint effort is bringing an Asian citrus psyllid and huanglongbing specific research facility to Southern California.
Moving citrus through the state is now more costly due to Asian citrus psyllid quarantines and the threat of huanglongbing (HLB) disease and some growers see it more than others.
A project in Southern California is researching methods of growing tamarixia which is a natural defense against the Asian citrus psyllid.
A statewide quarantine could be on the horizon and some citrus growers could be against the proposed regional ACP approach that would keep some movement restrictions in place.
Some growers in Southern California may not be happy with CDFA’s proposed ACP quarantine changes to USDA’s statewide regulations.
Bacterial spot could be a bigger issue this year with the spring rains and history shows it can be a significant problem for some varieties.
Florida grower talks about life with HLB and what California growers should be prepared to do A longtime Florida citrus grower is making the best of a bad situation and has a very clear recommendation for California if commercial trees start to test positive for huanglongbing disease.
An equipment upgrade at a southern California cooperative Extension office will lead to research looking at how and why shot hole borers move through a tree.
Crop advisers in California and Arizona have the opportunity to register for the August 5, 2016 CCA Exam until June 24, 2106. The exam will be given in Sacramento, Tulare, Ventura and Yuma.