The tricky balancing act of applying just enough water while keeping an eye on mechanization that can save labor costs has probably never become more important than this season in the Central Valley of California....More
Orius spp. (Anthocoridae family) are valuable natural enemies in cotton and abundant throughout the season.
There are two species in Arizona – Orius tristicolor and O. insidiosus, referred to as minute (pronounced my – nute’) pirate bugs (MPB).
Adult MPBs are tiny from 1/12-1/5 inch long. The insect stands out in the bottom of a sweep net with its black forewings with white patches which from a distance forms an ‘X’ shape....More
Discovering and diverting a pest from entering the U.S. at a U.S.-Mexico port of entry has a far-reaching effect across the entire country by people whose livelihood depends on growing, harvesting, packaging, distributing, and sale of the product, all the way down to consumers....More
Grape leader Jeff Bitter says the California wine industry overall is purring like a well-tuned engine, yet beware of bumps in the road including foreign competition, alternative beverages, and rising input costs....More
In mid-July, following an unusually early start of veraison at the end of June, Stagecoach Vineyard’s 600 acres of Napa Valley wine grapes appeared to be on their way to producing a large crop for the third straight year....More
Weeds aren’t all bad. Sure, they compete with your vines for water and nutrients. But, on the plus side, they can provide food and habitat for beneficial insects and wildlife. What’s more, as University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign horticulture educator Kelly Allsup points out, they also can highlight shortcomings in your soil management practices....More
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has issued a final regional haze rule under the Clean Air Act which provides for an emission-reduction plan for the Navajo Generating Station located on the Navajo Indian Reservation near Page, Ariz....More
In early July, the nut fill in the pistachio orchards of the southern San Joaquin Valley was progressing well, reports veteran pistachio grower and consultant Carl Fanucchi, Fanucchi Diversified Management, Inc., Bakersfield, Calif....More
The Natural Resources Conservation Service can assist growers with promoting honey bee and pollinator health through plantings (cover crops, hedgerows) and management. Financial assistance is also available....More
With California’s walnut orchards showing signs of producing a better crop than last year and walnut prices in early July higher than a year earlier, long-time Sutter County walnut grower Pete Jelavich was upbeat about the market potential for this year’s crop....More
The Nonpareil hull split in the almond orchards which David Hansen tends near Madera, Calif., began around June 20. That’s about a week earlier than last year. An estimated 10 percent of the Nonpareil hulls will have split by the 4th of July....More
“I believe that we have accomplished (pink bollworm) eradication,” says Clyde Sharp, an Arizona cotton grower and one of many western Cotton Belt leaders who have worked so eradicate the "pinkie."...More
With mostly Pinot Gris, along with some Sauvignon Blanc, leading the start of veraison in the Lodi vineyards of Vino Farms during the third week of June, Craig Ledbetter was looking ahead to an early harvest this year....More
The objective of the High Cotton award program closely follows the philosophy of the Farm Press Publications — to help growers produce more profitable, higher quality crops, by providing them with timely, hard-hitting information about technological advances, governmental regulations, and marketing opportunities. read more...