Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Top 6 issues agriculture faced five years ago http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/top-6-issues-agriculture-faced-five-years-ago <div class="field-deck"> Have agriculture’s problems changed since then? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers are faced with new challenges and opportunities every day, a.k.a. agricultural problems - from feeding an expanding global population while meeting strict new emissions requirements, to producing more food on fewer acres while minimizing their environmental footprint.</p> <p>To help farmers meet their challenges, Case IH five years ago (2011) conducted a survey to gather farmers&rsquo; perspectives on problems in agriculture and the issues in agriculture facing their operations.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/top-6-issues-agriculture-faced-five-years-ago" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/top-6-issues-agriculture-faced-five-years-ago#comments Equipment Thu, 25 Aug 2016 18:34:00 +0000 169281 at http://westernfarmpress.com Bakersfield enlists biological tool in ACP war http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/bakersfield-enlists-biological-tool-acp-war <div class="field-deck"> Kern is first San Joaquin Valley location to use Tamarixia for ACP control </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the first time since California enlisted biological control methods in its war against the Asian citrus psyllid, the state has moved reinforcements to the Central Valley. Bakersfield becomes the first San Joaquin Valley city to enlist a tiny parasitic wasp – Tamarixia radiata – to help fight the ACP in the state’s urban battle against the invasive pest that can kill citrus trees. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/bakersfield-enlists-biological-tool-acp-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/bakersfield-enlists-biological-tool-acp-war#comments Orchard Crops Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:50:00 +0000 169391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>David Morgan, biological control program manager with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, releases tiny parasitic wasps on an orange tree in a Bakersfield neighborhood. It is hoped the biological control efforts can reduce ACP numbers in the city, which have exploded in recent months.</p> Fresno County’s grape crop quality looks promising, despite greater disease and insect threats http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/fresno-county-s-grape-crop-quality-looks-promising-despite-greater-disease-and-insect-threats <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">It’s too early to say for sure, but the quality of this year’s raisin-type grape crop in Fresno County, the heart of California’s raisin production, appears to be much improved over last year.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/fresno-county-s-grape-crop-quality-looks-promising-despite-greater-disease-and-insect-threats" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/fresno-county-s-grape-crop-quality-looks-promising-despite-greater-disease-and-insect-threats#comments Grapes Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:46:00 +0000 169371 at http://westernfarmpress.com Early results of Central Coast harvest indicate a modest size crop of good quality fruit http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-results-central-coast-harvest-indicate-modest-size-crop-good-quality-fruit <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The harvest kicked-off in such areas as the Edna Valley, in the southern part of San Luis County, with growers picking Pinot Noir and farther north in Monterey County as crews began bringing in the first crops.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-results-central-coast-harvest-indicate-modest-size-crop-good-quality-fruit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-results-central-coast-harvest-indicate-modest-size-crop-good-quality-fruit#comments Grapes Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:38:00 +0000 169361 at http://westernfarmpress.com Photo: PatrikStedrak/Thinkstock It’s another early start for Mendocino County wine grape harvest http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/it-s-another-early-start-mendocino-county-wine-grape-harvest <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 2016 Mendocino County wine grape harvest got underway the first week of August as growers began picking Chardonnay and Pinot Noir for sparkling wines. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/it-s-another-early-start-mendocino-county-wine-grape-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/it-s-another-early-start-mendocino-county-wine-grape-harvest#comments Grapes Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:08:00 +0000 169351 at http://westernfarmpress.com Photo: MeganReeves/Thinkstock California cotton acreage jumps 35 percent to 218,000 http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-jumps-35-percent-218000 <div class="field-deck"> First acreage increase in six years </div> <div class="node-body article-body">After six years of trending downward, California cotton growers are slated to harvest more cotton than they did last year, which fell to the lowest level since the Great Depression. Overall acreage based on the state’s pink bollworm survey – the most accurate accounting of cotton acreage in the state – reflects a 35 percent increase to 218,713 acres. By type this includes a 31 percent hike in Pima acreage to just over 152,000 acres. Upland acreage figures are up 44 percent to over 66,000.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-jumps-35-percent-218000" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-jumps-35-percent-218000#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 23 Aug 2016 22:48:00 +0000 169341 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Over two-thirds of California&#39;s cotton crop this year are Pima varieties.</p> ASFMRA California Chapter Fall Meeting, Oct. 18-21, Chico http://westernfarmpress.com/asfmra-california-chapter-fall-meeting-oct-18-21-chico <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Oxford Suites Chico</span> <div class="street-address"> 2035 Business Lane </div> <span class="locality">Chico</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="39.724814">39° 43' 29.3304" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.805656">121° 48' 20.3616" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=39.724814+-121.805656+%282035+Business+Lane%2C+Chico%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The California Chapter of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers (ASFMRA) will conduct its 2016 Fall Meeting Oct. 18&ndash;21 in Chico, Calif.</p> <p>The core of the meeting is education for farm managers, rural appraisers, and agricultural consultants. Four full-day classes and an agricultural tour are included in the meeting.</p> <p>All classes will be held at the Oxford Suites Chico.</p> <p>The classes will include:</p> <p><strong>Valuation of Lease Interests Seminar &ndash; Tues., Oct. 18 </strong></p> <p>This new seminar was developed to address issues related to developing and completing appraisals of leasehold and leased fee interests in agricultural real property, with a focus on the long-term interests created by development leases involving orchards and vineyards.</p> <p>The goal is to provide students an understanding of relevant issues, common leasing terms and practices, the goals of the parties to a lease, analysis of data, and the generally accepted methodology for the appraisal of the interests created by a lease.</p> <p>The presentation will address the traditional &ldquo;textbook&rdquo; approach to the valuation of lease interests as well as the methods that have been developed and are commonly applied by the agricultural appraiser&rsquo;s peers.</p> <p>Comparison of these approaches will illustrate the differences, the reasons for the industry&rsquo;s adoption of an alternate approach, and the value in using the traditional methodology as an aide in understanding the market.</p> <p>Instructor: John Maus, ARA</p> <p>$249 Members / $299 Non-Members &ndash; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm</p> <p><strong>Succession Planning in Agriculture*&ndash; Tues., Oct. 18 </strong></p> <p>Many families do not effectively maximize their ability to pass management of the family farm to the next generation. Upon the completion of this course, the learner will be able to identify ways to solve succession planning issues using concepts and methods introduced in class.</p> <p>Instructor: Rod Carter, AFM</p> <p>$249 Members / $299 Non-Members &ndash; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm</p> <p><em>*FARMit Education (Farm and Ranch Management Industry Training). </em></p> <p><strong>Appraisal of Permanent Plantings in Changing Markets Seminar &ndash; Weds., Oct. 19 </strong></p> <p>This one-day seminar will review the traditional valuation methods in the appraisal of permanent plantings, in the context of changing markets. An in-depth discussion of the concept of the &ldquo;ideal improvement&rdquo; will be held and students will gain tools to help them identify an ideal permanent planting improvement and use the concept to guide them through the highest and best</p> <p>use analysis and set the stage for the twists and turns of a complex valuation.</p> <p>A case study will be presented, with the dynamics of supply and demand explored and the influence than an oversupply or shortage of a specific commodity or variety can have on farm real estate markets.</p> <p>Finally, the impact on permanent crops of dwindling water supplies and rising costs will be covered. Students should be conversant in owner-operator income statements for common California permanent crops, direct capitalization techniques, and the concepts of functional and external obsolescence.</p> <p>Instructor: Ben Slaughter, ARA</p> <p>$249 Members / $299 Non-Members &ndash; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm</p> <p><strong>Personalities of Agriculture and Business* - Weds., Oct.&nbsp;19 </strong></p> <p>Unlock the mysteries of what makes people tick! Understand and apply the principles of the personalities. This unbelievably useful class is applicable to anyone and everyone! Learn how to communicate with anyone in a manner in which they will listen. Learn this simple, yet accurate and effective method of identifying personalities, their strengths, their struggles, their emotional needs and the characteristics.</p> <p>This class will promote harmony in the workplace and increase production by allowing an understanding and a respect of each individual.</p> <p>Instructor: Dan Whisenhunt, AAC, MBA</p> <p>$249 Members / $299 Non-Members &ndash; 8:00 am to 5:00 pm</p> <p><em>*FARMit Education (Farm and Ranch Management Industry Training). </em></p> <p><strong>2016 Fall Meeting Agriculture Tour &ndash; Thurs., Oct. 20</strong></p> <p>The 2016 Fall Meeting Ag Tour will depart from the Oxford Suites Hotel at 8:00 a.m. headed for the first stop at <strong>Crain Walnut Shelling </strong>in Los Molinos. The company processes, packs, and ships English walnut meats and is the leading industrial ingredient supplier of English walnuts in California.</p> <p>A visit to the <strong>Duarte Tehama County facility </strong>in Corning is stop two on the tour. Attendees will meet John Duarte, Duarte Nursery and his attorney, Anthony Francois, Pacific Legal Foundation who will talk with the group about the legal battle Duarte has faced that began with the plowing of the 450 acre site. Government regulation, the Waters of the US (WOTUS) rules, and the federal Clean Water Act all come into play as to their effect and influence over agricultural land.</p> <p>Following lunch, the tour will head south to the <strong>Oroville Dam</strong>, the tallest Dam in the U.S. and the largest water storage facility of the State Water Project. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn the history behind the Dam and its importance to California agriculture.</p> <p>The tour will include a stop at the Lake Oroville Visitor Center along with a tour of the <strong>Feather River Fish Hatchery</strong>, returning to the hotel by 5:30 p.m.</p> <p>Registration for the 2016 Fall Meeting is available at <a href="http://www.calasfmra.com">www.calasfmra.com</a>.</p> <p>For more information, call the California Chapter, ASFMRA office at (209) 368-3672.</p> </div> http://westernfarmpress.com/asfmra-california-chapter-fall-meeting-oct-18-21-chico#comments 39.724814 -121.805656 Tue, 23 Aug 2016 00:59:00 +0000 169331 at http://westernfarmpress.com Preseason Vegetable Workshop is Aug. 24 in Yuma http://westernfarmpress.com/preseason-vegetable-workshop-aug-24-yuma <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Yuma Agricultural Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 6425 W. 8th St. </div> <span class="locality">Yuma</span>, <span class="region">AZ</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="32.712487">32° 42' 44.9532" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-114.706205">114° 42' 22.338" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=32.712487+-114.706205+%286425+W.+8th+St.%2C+Yuma%2C+AZ%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The 2016 Preseason Vegetable Workshop is scheduled for this Wednesday, Aug. 24 in Yuma, Ariz. The morning event begins with registration at 7:30 at the University of Arizona (UA) Yuma Agricultural Center; 6425 W. 8th St. and ends following the courtesy&nbsp;lunch.</p> <p><strong>Agenda</strong>:</p> <p>7:30 - Registration</p> <p>8:00 - Automated Technologies for In-Row Weed Control - Mark Siemens, UA Yuma Agricultural Center</p> <p>8:30 - Insect Management Tips for Fall Produce and Melons - John Palumbo, UA Yuma Agricultural Center</p> <p>9:00 - Lettuce Disease Management Review - Mike Matheron, UA Yuma Agricultural Center</p> <p>9:30 - Lettuce Weed Control Update - Barry Tickes, UA Yuma and La Paz counties</p> <p>10:00 - Break</p> <p>10:15 - Brief Announcements from the Industry at Large</p> <p>10:20 - UAV Technology in Vegetable Production: Research Update - Kurt Nolte, UA Yuma County Cooperative Extension</p> <p>10:45 - Cadmium: Persistence in Soil, Plant Uptake, and Analytical Techniques &ndash; UA Maricopa Agricultural Center.</p> <p>11:15 - Pesticide Use Data: Benefits and Resources - Al Fournier, UA Maricopa Agricultural Center</p> <p>11:45 &ndash; Lunch - sponsored by Yuma County Cooperative Extension</p> <p>CEUs: Approved 3 CCA, PCA (AZ) and 2.5 (CA) CEUs</p> </div> http://westernfarmpress.com/preseason-vegetable-workshop-aug-24-yuma#comments 32.712487 -114.706205 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 18:41:00 +0000 169321 at http://westernfarmpress.com California eradicates the European grapevine moth http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-eradicates-european-grapevine-moth <div class="field-deck"> Pest first discovered in Napa vineyard in 2009 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California declares eradication of the European grapevine moth seven years after its discovery in Napa County</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-eradicates-european-grapevine-moth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-eradicates-european-grapevine-moth#comments Grapes Grapes Thu, 18 Aug 2016 19:32:00 +0000 169311 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>California agriculture officials report the European grapevine moth (pictured) has been&nbsp;eradicated.</strong></p> Central Valley’s Highway 99 becoming parking lot http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/central-valley-s-highway-99-becoming-parking-lot <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A recent commentary where I supported California&rsquo;s High Speed Rail (HSR) has led to the accusation that I have been &ldquo;Drinking the Kool-Aid.&rdquo;</p> <p>I would not go that far. HSR is an expensive boondoggle that no doubt needs changing, but I do wholeheartedly support development of alternative transportation like rail in a state that is choking to death on vehicle traffic.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/central-valley-s-highway-99-becoming-parking-lot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/central-valley-s-highway-99-becoming-parking-lot#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Thu, 18 Aug 2016 00:03:00 +0000 169301 at http://westernfarmpress.com Almond Board research explores alternative uses of by-products as markets shift http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-research-explores-alternative-uses-products-markets-shift <div class="field-byline"> Almond Board of California </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The changing markets for almond by-products have led the Almond Board of California (ABC) to step up its research into alternatives to managing orchard removal waste, plus hulls and shells.</p> <p>The reduction in cogeneration facilities is making it more expensive and difficult to find homes for the wood waste. At the same time, the value of hulls has significantly declined, as demand from the California dairy industry is decreasing while almond hull production is continually increasing.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-research-explores-alternative-uses-products-markets-shift" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-research-explores-alternative-uses-products-markets-shift#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Wed, 17 Aug 2016 22:18:00 +0000 169291 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>A demonstration of the Iron Wolf 700B&nbsp;machine which grinds up almond trees in the orchard. Farm Press file photo.</strong></p> Alfalfa: High cutworm damage, gains made in TRR control in Arizona http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-high-cutworm-damage-gains-made-trr-control-arizona <div class="node-body article-body"><p>There&rsquo;s a thief hiding out in some central Arizona alfalfa fields killing healthy plants and leaving frustrated growers with slimmer wallets. In some cases, an entire crop cutting is stolen.</p> <p>The unexpected thief is two types of cutworm: granulate cutworm (<em>Feltia subterranean)</em>, formerly known as <em>Agrotis subterranean</em>;&nbsp;and variegated cutworm (<em>Peridroma saucia</em>). &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-high-cutworm-damage-gains-made-trr-control-arizona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-high-cutworm-damage-gains-made-trr-control-arizona#comments Alfalfa Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:56:00 +0000 169271 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Working at the Texas root rot-fungicide trial near Arlington, Ariz. include from left &ndash; Ayman Mostafa, Worku Burayu, and Kyle Harrington of the University&nbsp;of Arizona&nbsp;Cooperative Extension. Notice the brown dead spots caused by TTR.</strong></p> Infiltration methods to optimize water delivery into soil in almond orchards http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/infiltration-methods-optimize-water-delivery-soil-almond-orchards <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">You’re putting ample water onto your almond orchard, but is it getting to where it’s needed?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/infiltration-methods-optimize-water-delivery-soil-almond-orchards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/infiltration-methods-optimize-water-delivery-soil-almond-orchards#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:39:00 +0000 169251 at http://westernfarmpress.com Almonds: Online irrigation calculator creates locally based water solution http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almonds-online-irrigation-calculator-creates-locally-based-water-solution <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Available free to almond growers is an online irrigation calculator which allows them to calculate irrigation schedules based on local growing conditions by integrating a number of variables.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almonds-online-irrigation-calculator-creates-locally-based-water-solution" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almonds-online-irrigation-calculator-creates-locally-based-water-solution#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:28:00 +0000 169241 at http://westernfarmpress.com 12 safety tips to save lives during nut harvest http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/12-safety-tips-save-lives-during-nut-harvest <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Nut harvest is a dangerous time of the year when arms and fingers are sometimes amputated, people can be mangled by heavy machinery, and other injuries may be sustained on the job if precautions are not taken.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/12-safety-tips-save-lives-during-nut-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/12-safety-tips-save-lives-during-nut-harvest#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 17 Aug 2016 15:08:00 +0000 169231 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Safety workshop participants examine tree nut harvesting equipment, looking for safety signage and exposed hazards.</p> California agricultural industry is ‘organo strong’ http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-agricultural-industry-organo-strong <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee: Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Whatever you grow, however you are connected, California agriculture offers an organization or association you can join and find compatibility and purpose. Some of them are realigning to face new and different challenges.</p> <p>From the outside looking in, it might appear that the agriculture industry is over organized. But the real score card reveals that each group meets a specific purpose, often peculiar to the way a product must be stored or handled, or perhaps a certain aspect of a given industry, including international trade.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-agricultural-industry-organo-strong" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-agricultural-industry-organo-strong#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Pistachios Tue, 16 Aug 2016 23:43:00 +0000 169221 at http://westernfarmpress.com VCRs, funeral, and a new strawberry transplanter http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/vcrs-funeral-and-new-strawberry-transplanter <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The VCR is dead &ndash; toast. It&rsquo;s time for the funeral. The videocassette recorder, for those old enough to remember this incredible technological innovation born almost 60 years ago, is dead. R.I.P.</p> <p>The last company to make the VCR &ndash; Funai &ndash; removed the VCR&rsquo;s life support last month, technology that likely led the way to modern tech including video cameras, smartphones, and MP3 files.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/vcrs-funeral-and-new-strawberry-transplanter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/vcrs-funeral-and-new-strawberry-transplanter#comments Miscellaneous Cotton Fruits Farm Press Blog Tue, 16 Aug 2016 22:43:00 +0000 169211 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Photo: Ian Waldie, Getty Images</p> Farmers' Almanac calls for wet western winter http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-almanac-calls-wet-western-winter <div class="node-body blog-body">Farmers' Almanac predicts cold,wet winter for much of the country in 2016-17</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-almanac-calls-wet-western-winter" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/farmers-almanac-calls-wet-western-winter#comments Miscellaneous Precipitation Farm Press Blog Tue, 16 Aug 2016 16:35:00 +0000 169201 at http://westernfarmpress.com Collaborative effort cuts labor costs in strawberries http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/collaborative-effort-cuts-labor-costs-strawberries <div class="field-deck"> Driscoll's, Plantel Nurseries and Solex combine to mechanize transplanting process </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Driscoll's, Plantel Nurseries and Solex combine efforts to mechanize strawberry transplant process.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/collaborative-effort-cuts-labor-costs-strawberries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/collaborative-effort-cuts-labor-costs-strawberries#comments Equipment Fruits Mon, 15 Aug 2016 18:37:00 +0000 169191 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A study along the California Central Coast reveals a significant savings in labor costs and improved speed with mechanically transplanted strawberries.</p> Photo by Surendra Dara, UCCE San Luis Obispo County Two new HLB finds in Southern California http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/two-new-hlb-finds-southern-california <div class="field-deck"> State continues to find diseased citrus in San Gabriel Valley </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, continues to spread across southern California.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/two-new-hlb-finds-southern-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/two-new-hlb-finds-southern-california#comments Orchard Crops Crops Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:03:00 +0000 169171 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Citrus growers and homeowners are urged to regularly inspect their citrus trees for signs of the Asian citrus psyllid.</p> Go back to school with Almond Board lesson plans http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/go-back-school-almond-board-lesson-plans <div class="field-byline"> Rebecca Bailey, Program Coordinator, Industry Relations, Almond Board of California </div> <div class="field-deck"> Exclusive to Western Farm Press </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the midst of the back-to-school season, the Almond Board of California (ABC) wants to remind educators of its recently developed lesson plans.</p> <p>These plans are available to all educators at elementary schools in California&rsquo;s Central Valley through Ag in the Classroom, and include a video and an activity book. The lesson plans, &ldquo;California Almonds: An Almond Story,&rdquo; offer a unit outline for educators to teach students about the history and applications of almonds.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/go-back-school-almond-board-lesson-plans" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/go-back-school-almond-board-lesson-plans#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Thu, 11 Aug 2016 20:29:00 +0000 169161 at http://westernfarmpress.com Is a chicken restaurant on Hwy 99 a just memorial? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/chicken-restaurant-hwy-99-just-memorial <div class="node-body blog-body">PETA wants memorial erected to commemorate chickens that died in a highway crash.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/chicken-restaurant-hwy-99-just-memorial" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/chicken-restaurant-hwy-99-just-memorial#comments Miscellaneous Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Thu, 11 Aug 2016 19:28:00 +0000 169151 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>PETA wants memorial built to chickens killed in highway crash. <em>Photo by David McNew/Getty Images</em></p> Upland cotton’s sad plight a wake-up call http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/upland-cotton-s-sad-plight-wake-call <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>USDA is doling out $300 million to support American Upland cotton producers. The agency is calling it &ldquo;Cotton Ginning Cost Share.&rdquo; I call it &ldquo;hang in there survival payments.&rdquo;</p> <p>The lines to receive checks will short in California and Arizona where there is less than 200,000 acres of Upland cotton grown this season. The few remaining Far West Upland growers are eligible to receive $97.41 per acre, only enough to pay a year&rsquo;s property taxes or maybe a defoliation or two. It&rsquo;s really not enough to mess with the paperwork.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/upland-cotton-s-sad-plight-wake-call" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/upland-cotton-s-sad-plight-wake-call#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Thu, 11 Aug 2016 17:36:00 +0000 169141 at http://westernfarmpress.com How to properly sample your vineyard when checking grape maturity http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/how-properly-sample-your-vineyard-when-checking-grape-maturity <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Accurately sampling changes in sugar and acid levels as your grape crop matures is a critical step in planning your harvest operation.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/how-properly-sample-your-vineyard-when-checking-grape-maturity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/how-properly-sample-your-vineyard-when-checking-grape-maturity#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:41:00 +0000 169121 at http://westernfarmpress.com Fresno County wine, raisin grape grower anticipates good quality fruit in a year of so-so yields http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/fresno-county-wine-raisin-grape-grower-anticipates-good-quality-fruit-year-so-so-yields <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fresno County grower expecting his wine grape crop to be about average in size with raisin tonnage likely to be average to a little lighter than usual. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/fresno-county-wine-raisin-grape-grower-anticipates-good-quality-fruit-year-so-so-yields" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/fresno-county-wine-raisin-grape-grower-anticipates-good-quality-fruit-year-so-so-yields#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:24:00 +0000 169111 at http://westernfarmpress.com Prospects of a light crop strengthen prices for California’s 2016 wine grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/prospects-light-crop-strengthen-prices-california-s-2016-wine-grapes <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Judging by early results from the unusually early start to this year’s harvest, California’s 2016 wine grape production could total no higher than average. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/prospects-light-crop-strengthen-prices-california-s-2016-wine-grapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/prospects-light-crop-strengthen-prices-california-s-2016-wine-grapes#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Aug 2016 18:11:00 +0000 169101 at http://westernfarmpress.com Warm Climate Wine Grape Tour, Aug. 17, Parlier http://westernfarmpress.com/warm-climate-wine-grape-tour-aug-17-parlier <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Field tour and discussion on warm climate wine grape varieties takes place at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 9240 S Riverbend Ave </div> <span class="locality">Parlier</span> <span class="postal-code">93648</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=9240+S+Riverbend+Ave%2C+Parlier%2C+%2C+93648%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A tour of California wine grape varieties in warm climates will take place Aug. 17 from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.</p> <p>The center is located at 9240 South Riverbend Ave., Parlier, Calif.</p> <p>Sign-in begins at 8 a.m. with tram rides to the research plots departing at 8:30 a.m.</p> <p>The event is a follow-up from the recent San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association &nbsp;Research Roadshow. Participants will hear highlights of the UCCE&nbsp; variety trial and wine grape research. Growers and others can walk in the vineyard and see 50-plus wine grape varieties ripening before harvest.</p> <p>Preregistration&nbsp;is not required. The event is free.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/warm-climate-wine-grape-tour-aug-17-parlier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/warm-climate-wine-grape-tour-aug-17-parlier#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2016 15:18:00 +0000 169091 at http://westernfarmpress.com Grapes: Can audio playback interrupt GWSS mating? http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grapes-can-audio-playback-interrupt-gwss-mating <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="field-deck"> Harvest SJV grapes at Thanksgiving? </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Unlike the Beach Boys musical group of old, Rodrigo Krugner is picking up <em>bad</em> vibrations.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s the sounds that glassy-winged sharpshooters make as they seek to find and mate with each other. That&rsquo;s the focus of research by Krugner, research entomologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s Agricultural Research Service in Parlier, Calif.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grapes-can-audio-playback-interrupt-gwss-mating" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grapes-can-audio-playback-interrupt-gwss-mating#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:26:00 +0000 169081 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Fresno County, Calif. grape grower Bill Chandler participates in a wine-tasting presentation on astringency during the 2016 Grape Day held at Fresno State.</strong></p> 2015 Fresno County crop value slides 6.5 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-fresno-county-crop-value-slides-65-percent <div class="field-deck"> Reduction tied to drought water reductions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fresno County agricultural value dropped 6 percent in 2015. County has fallen from top spot as leading producer of food and fiber in the United States.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-fresno-county-crop-value-slides-65-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-fresno-county-crop-value-slides-65-percent#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:21:00 +0000 169071 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almonds remain the most-valuable single crop produced in Fresno County, accounting for $1.2 billion to growers&nbsp;in 2015.</p> 2016 California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium offers something for everyone http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/2016-california-alfalfa-forage-symposium-offers-something-everyone <div class="field-byline"> Jane Townsend, Executive Director, California Alfalfa and Forage Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The 2016 California Alfalfa and Forage Symposium will be held in Reno, Nev. from Nov. 29 &ndash; Dec. 1 at the Peppermill Resort. The theme of this year&rsquo;s event is &ldquo;<em>Aiming Towards Profitability.&rdquo;</em></p> <p>With much of the agricultural industry today reeling from lower commodity prices, the symposium aims to offer pathways to profitability in alfalfa and forage crops for those who attend.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/2016-california-alfalfa-forage-symposium-offers-something-everyone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/2016-california-alfalfa-forage-symposium-offers-something-everyone#comments Alfalfa Tue, 09 Aug 2016 18:53:00 +0000 169061 at http://westernfarmpress.com