In small scale trials the researchers found that the more precise action thresholds developed with the stronger lures allowed reduction of pesticide applications by 30 percent to 70 percent.

Orchard sized trials are underway, as well as studies to determine if the more natural lures will work with other pests as well.

From winged pests to ground based intruders. A new process for pumping carbon dioxide into the underground burrows of squirrels, gophers, voles and other burrowing animals promises much more widespread control of these rural-based nuisances.  The gas, in handy sized containers is heavier than air.  When it settles in the burrows of these animals it displaces oxygen, leaving them nothing to breathe. Internment is taken care of automatically.

This privately developed exterminator called the Terminator, follows an earlier technique that pumped propane into the burrows and ignited it, blowing the troublesome critters to smithereens.  The Terminator is quiet by contrast, an attractive feature, especially in residential or recreational areas.

Couple these money-saving tools and applications with dozens of new packaging and shipping containers that not only protect and preserve perishables in transit, but compliment their natural allure when displayed for shoppers and the appeal of agriculture on the California scale takes on an even broader and deeper context.

If those groovy 30-somethings could just absorb more of what is happening in agriculture  to make its life and theirs better, the world might be more a harmonious place, whether you’re on the AM or FM dial.


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