Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Kurt Davis new Arizona Game and Fish chair http://westernfarmpress.com/government/kurt-davis-new-arizona-game-and-fish-chair <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Kurt Davis is the new Arizona Game and Fish Commission (AGFC) chairman for the agency&rsquo;s 2015-2016 fiscal year.</p> <p>Davis, who took office July 1, succeeds Robert Mansell who will continue to serve on the commission until his successor is appointed by the governor and confirmed by the state Senate.<br id="br36" /> &quot;Serving on a commission dedicated to conserving and protecting Arizona&#39;s wildlife - more than 800 species - is an honor of a lifetime,&rdquo; Davis said.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/kurt-davis-new-arizona-game-and-fish-chair" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/kurt-davis-new-arizona-game-and-fish-chair#comments Government Sat, 04 Jul 2015 11:07:00 +0000 159901 at http://westernfarmpress.com Arizona cotton acreage slides 75 percent in last 22 years http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/arizona-cotton-acreage-slides-75-percent-last-22-years <div class="node-body article-body"><p>In the western cotton industry, the folks who perhaps have the best estimate on planted acreage are those who tabulate grower field data information from pink bollworm eradication surveys.</p> <p>In Arizona, the &lsquo;cotton numbers man&rsquo; is Leighton Liesner, director of the <a href="http://www.azcotton.org/">Arizona Cotton Research and Protection Council</a> (ACRC) in Phoenix.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/arizona-cotton-acreage-slides-75-percent-last-22-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/arizona-cotton-acreage-slides-75-percent-last-22-years#comments Cotton Sat, 04 Jul 2015 10:15:00 +0000 159891 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Lower cotton prices, crop competition, and ongoing drought are key reasons&nbsp;behind the cotton acreage skid in Arizona.</p> CAPCA Nutrient Management Seminar, July 29, Fresno http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-nutrient-management-seminar-july-29-fresno <div class="node-body event-body"><p>CAPCA Nutrient Management Seminar Slated for Fresno on July 29</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Ramada University Hotel</span> <div class="street-address"> 324 E. SHAW AVE </div> <span class="locality">Fresno</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.809901">36° 48' 35.6436" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-119.783151">119° 46' 59.3436" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.809901+-119.783151+%28324+E.+SHAW+AVE%2C+Fresno%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) has scheduled nutrient management education events for July 2015. The seminars will be coordinated by CAPCA ED, the continuing education division of CAPCA.</p> <p>The seminars will provide continuing education hours for CCAs, PCAs, QALs, QACs and other license/certificate holders.&nbsp;Credit has been approved for the more difficult-to-acquire Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) CEUs (nutrient management, soil/water, and crop management).&nbsp;The seminars will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p>Topics will include the benefits of applying efficient liquid fertilizer, chemigation and fertigation using drip irrigation and sprinklers, potash&#39;s role in plant health and disease management, soil and tissue testing and analysis to identify nutrient deficiency, challenges to crop consultants, micronutrient management for California crops and soil conditions, the benefits and uses of enhances efficiency nitrogen fertilizers for California agriculture, CropManage: nitrogen management in in coast vegetables (Atascadero only), and the California Almond Sustainability Program (Fresno only).<br /> Registration cost: $60 pre-registration and $80 at-the-door.</p> <p>Registration and agenda information is available on-line at <a alt="https://capcaed.com/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001u8AMWs2qnJKH0EQWOOfBzVD1Akl_r6irCFAfM23KGWPBAKJy5r0Xj3XJ3nQ-EGhLrFk3TsSGC6pLHkZiKrVYvyx5CbsczaMn0Aba0Ll5iYjs1kvs9xUV2tNEGcYUlwbwbx90eHo-6GgixnvuXUwsDrnqRMmP1fg0YcScAR0nsXY=&amp;c=0KqbLC56fsBr-OVh61UaR_IJkj4qEVX-rzBWunlq_M9NX10xyVE7ew==&amp;ch=8vUVJyUZ9RnPEztThok7ia6yK3oY7uzDaHhpKgDYW5IZTsGgeld7_g==" linktype="1" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on">https://capcaed.com/</a></p> <p>For additional information contact&nbsp;Mindy DeRohan, Nutrient Management Coordinator, at&nbsp;(916) 928-1625 x207 or <a href="mailto:mindy@capca.com">mindy@capca.com</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-nutrient-management-seminar-july-29-fresno" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-nutrient-management-seminar-july-29-fresno#comments 36.809901 -119.783151 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:24:00 +0000 159881 at http://westernfarmpress.com CAPCA Nutrient Management Seminar, July 28, Atascadero http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-nutrient-management-seminar-july-28-atascadero <div class="node-body event-body"><p>CAPCA Nutrient Management Seminar Slated for Atascadero July 28</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Pavillion on the Lake</span> <div class="street-address"> 9315 PISMO AVE </div> <span class="locality">Atascadero</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.465939">35° 27' 57.3804" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-120.668120">120° 40' 5.232" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.465939+-120.668120+%289315+PISMO+AVE%2C+Atascadero%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) has scheduled nutrient management education events for July 2015. The seminars will be coordinated by CAPCA ED, the continuing education division of CAPCA.</p> <p>The seminars will provide continuing education hours for CCAs, PCAs, QALs, QACs and other license/certificate holders.&nbsp;Credit has been approved for the more difficult-to-acquire Certified Crop Adviser (CCA) CEUs (nutrient management, soil/water, and crop management).&nbsp;The seminar will&nbsp;will run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.</p> <p>Topics will include the benefits of applying efficient liquid fertilizer, chemigation and fertigation using drip irrigation and sprinklers, potash&#39;s role in plant health and disease management, soil and tissue testing and analysis to identify nutrient deficiency, and&nbsp;challenges to crop consultants.</p> <p>Other topics are&nbsp;micronutrient management for California crops and soil conditions, the benefits and uses of enhances efficiency nitrogen fertilizers for California agriculture, CropManage: nitrogen management in in coast vegetables (Atascadero only), and the California Almond Sustainability Program (Fresno only).</p> <p>Registration cost: $60 pre-registration and $80 at-the-door.</p> <p>Registration and agenda information is available on-line at <a alt="https://capcaed.com/" href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001u8AMWs2qnJKH0EQWOOfBzVD1Akl_r6irCFAfM23KGWPBAKJy5r0Xj3XJ3nQ-EGhLrFk3TsSGC6pLHkZiKrVYvyx5CbsczaMn0Aba0Ll5iYjs1kvs9xUV2tNEGcYUlwbwbx90eHo-6GgixnvuXUwsDrnqRMmP1fg0YcScAR0nsXY=&amp;c=0KqbLC56fsBr-OVh61UaR_IJkj4qEVX-rzBWunlq_M9NX10xyVE7ew==&amp;ch=8vUVJyUZ9RnPEztThok7ia6yK3oY7uzDaHhpKgDYW5IZTsGgeld7_g==" linktype="1" shape="rect" target="_blank" track="on">https://capcaed.com/</a></p> <p>For additional information contact&nbsp;Mindy DeRohan, Nutrient Management Coordinator, at&nbsp;(916) 928-1625 x207 or <a href="mailto:mindy@capca.com">mindy@capca.com</a></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-nutrient-management-seminar-july-28-atascadero" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-nutrient-management-seminar-july-28-atascadero#comments 35.465939 -120.668120 Thu, 02 Jul 2015 18:15:00 +0000 159871 at http://westernfarmpress.com Is California on tap for wet winter this year? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-tap-wet-winter-year <div class="node-body blog-body">Predictions of El Nino suggest California and Arizona could see drought conditions greatly reduced by next year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-tap-wet-winter-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-tap-wet-winter-year#comments Irrigation El Nino Farm Press Blog Thu, 02 Jul 2015 17:34:00 +0000 159861 at http://westernfarmpress.com WaterMaxx2 soil surfactant for California crop growers http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/watermaxx2-soil-surfactant-california-crop-growers <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Crippling drought conditions persist in much of California&nbsp;creating challenges for growers dealing with decreased water quantity and quality. The results in many cases are diminished crop yields and lost profits.</p> <p>The demand to get the most out of every drop of water has never been greater. Growers can stretch water supplies with WaterMaxx2, a non-ionic soil surfactant that improves the infiltration, distribution, and retention of water in soil.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/watermaxx2-soil-surfactant-california-crop-growers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/watermaxx2-soil-surfactant-california-crop-growers#comments Miscellaneous Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:52:00 +0000 159851 at http://westernfarmpress.com 2016 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Jan. 26-28, Sacramento http://westernfarmpress.com/2016-unified-wine-grape-symposium-jan-26-28-sacramento <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">Sacramento Convention Center</span> <span class="locality">Sacramento</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.581572">38° 34' 53.6592" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.494400">121° 29' 39.84" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=38.581572+-121.494400+%28%2C+Sacramento%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Water, the economy, new technology, and emerging trends.</p> <p>These are just some of the major topics on the minds of industry professionals to be discussed at the 2016 Unified Wine &amp; Grape Symposium, Jan. 26-28 in Sacramento, Calif.</p> <p>Jan. 26 - will feature Unified&rsquo;s keynote speaker luncheon. The last two years have seen sellout crowds attending with speakers addressing key issues facing the wine and grape industries.</p> <p>Jan. 27 - The ever-popular &ldquo;State of the Industry&rdquo; general session will look at U.S. production, and sales trends.&nbsp;This session provides an overall economic perspective of the wine industry and economy, vineyard acreage/crush numbers, and a broker overview on the bulk wine markets, wine inventories, and international bulk wine supplies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Jan. 28 &ndash; Will focus on the &ldquo;Industry of Tomorrow,&rdquo; taking a look at what the wine package, content, and the industry as a whole may look like in 2026.&nbsp;</p> <p>All three days will include afternoon breakout sessions covering the areas of winemaking, grape growing, marketing and public relations, along with business and operations.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><a href="http://www.unifiedsymposium.org">www.unifiedsymposium.org</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/2016-unified-wine-grape-symposium-jan-26-28-sacramento#comments 38.581572 -121.494400 Wed, 01 Jul 2015 23:41:00 +0000 159841 at http://westernfarmpress.com Drought takes toll on 2015 California almond crop http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/drought-takes-toll-2015-california-almond-crop <div class="node-body article-body"><p>2015 California almond production is forecast at 1.80 billion meat pounds, down 3 percent from May&#39;s subjective forecast and 4 percent below last year.</p> <p>The objective crop estimate, based on a National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC), is based on 890,000 bearing acres.</p> <p>Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 670,000 million meat pounds, down 6 percent from last year&rsquo;s deliveries. The Nonpareil estimate is 37 percent of the total California almond crop.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/drought-takes-toll-2015-california-almond-crop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/drought-takes-toll-2015-california-almond-crop#comments Orchard Crops Drought Almonds Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:31:00 +0000 159831 at http://westernfarmpress.com Picking numbers and random thoughts http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/picking-numbers-and-random-thoughts <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Today I wrote down on the white board I use for planning purposes what I think NASS will come out with tomorrow when the objective almond forecast is released.</p> <p>No&hellip; I&rsquo;m not going to publish it just yet. I will truthfully reveal my guess in a future blog. You&rsquo;ll just have to trust me.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/picking-numbers-and-random-thoughts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/picking-numbers-and-random-thoughts#comments Miscellaneous Government Farm Press Blog Tue, 30 Jun 2015 22:29:00 +0000 159821 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California&#39;s Central Valley produces over 350 different crops for consumption by global markets.</p> Toro upgrades popular drip irrigation software http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/toro-upgrades-popular-drip-irrigation-software <div class="node-body article-body">Toro upgrades its popular drip irrigation software system</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/toro-upgrades-popular-drip-irrigation-software" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/toro-upgrades-popular-drip-irrigation-software#comments Irrigation Crops Tue, 30 Jun 2015 18:44:00 +0000 159811 at http://westernfarmpress.com New regulations: Chlorpyrifos labeled 'restricted use' in California effective July 1 http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/new-regulations-chlorpyrifos-labeled-restricted-use-california-effective-july-1 <div class="node-body article-body">Chlorpyrifos a 'restricted use' pesticide in California effective July 1, 2015</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/new-regulations-chlorpyrifos-labeled-restricted-use-california-effective-july-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/new-regulations-chlorpyrifos-labeled-restricted-use-california-effective-july-1#comments Miscellaneous State Tue, 30 Jun 2015 16:43:00 +0000 159801 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California regulations have changed Chlorpyrifos to a &quot;restricted use&quot; pesticide. Applicators will need a permit from county agriculture commissioners to use products with Chlorpyrifos in them.</p> Getty Images Glufosinate damage can occur on young almond tree trunks http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/glufosinate-damage-can-occur-young-almond-tree-trunks <div class="node-body article-body">Glufosinate herbicide use has increased over the last year due to the increased supply and availability of generics, according to David Doll, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) pomology farm advisor in Merced County.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/glufosinate-damage-can-occur-young-almond-tree-trunks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/glufosinate-damage-can-occur-young-almond-tree-trunks#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 30 Jun 2015 15:01:00 +0000 159791 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>GLUFOSINATE DRIFT can cause slight trunk damage to young almond trees. Photo courtesy of Brad Hanson, University of California.</p> Rain, chill hours brighten 2015 outlook at Eagle Ranch Pistachios http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/rain-chill-hours-brighten-2015-outlook-eagle-ranch-pistachios <div class="node-body article-body">The outlook for Marianne and George Schweers’ 2015 pistachio crop in Alamogordo, N.M., looks bright, thanks to good fall and winter rains plus above average chilling hours.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/rain-chill-hours-brighten-2015-outlook-eagle-ranch-pistachios" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/rain-chill-hours-brighten-2015-outlook-eagle-ranch-pistachios#comments Tree Nuts Pistachios Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:53:00 +0000 159781 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Marianne and George Schweers report good fall and winter rains, chilling hours, and a good crop set on their Eagle Ranch Pistachios farm in Alamogordo, N.M.</p> IPM methods can effectively control mites in almonds http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ipm-methods-can-effectively-control-mites-almonds <div class="node-body article-body">Almond growers with significant spider mite pressure in their orchards may want to hold back on that next miticide application to give the beneficial Sixspotted thrips populations an opportunity to build and knock back the mites.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ipm-methods-can-effectively-control-mites-almonds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ipm-methods-can-effectively-control-mites-almonds#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 30 Jun 2015 14:19:00 +0000 159761 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Hull split in almonds typically happens in July. Not this year. Growers were reporting hull split in mid-June, which not only changes the timing of pest control efforts, but will likely move harvest ahead of schedule.</p> Case IH Precision Air 5 Series air carts offer larger tank sizes, better accuracy http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/case-ih-precision-air-5-series-air-carts-offer-larger-tank-sizes-better-accuracy <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Case IH recently introduced Precision Air 5 series air carts designed to get more from the plant&rsquo;s potential through highly accurate seed and fertilizer placement.</p> <p>The air carts boost capacity and use AccuSection section control technology to help producers do more work in less time - and seed with more confidence.</p> <p>The 5 series&rsquo; modular metering control system provides accuracy of seed and fertilizer placement. The AccuSection technology uses individual electronic meter drives to provide primary run control on a per meter basis.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/case-ih-precision-air-5-series-air-carts-offer-larger-tank-sizes-better-accuracy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/case-ih-precision-air-5-series-air-carts-offer-larger-tank-sizes-better-accuracy#comments Equipment Mon, 29 Jun 2015 14:18:00 +0000 159751 at http://westernfarmpress.com Part Two: The challenges of California's cultural chasm http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/part-two-challenges-californias-cultural-chasm <div class="node-body blog-body">A chasm of two worlds in California separates coastal elites from the rest of the state</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/part-two-challenges-californias-cultural-chasm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/part-two-challenges-californias-cultural-chasm#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Sun, 28 Jun 2015 20:56:00 +0000 159711 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Luxury Bay Area homes like these are just over 100 miles but a world apart away from parts of California suffering the most by a drought that is political in nature.</p> California regulators study pesticide usage near schools http://westernfarmpress.com/management/california-regulators-study-pesticide-usage-near-schools <div class="field-byline"> Richard Cornett, Director of Communications, Western Plant Health Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) has wrapped up public workshops focused on obtaining input and feedback from the public about the use of pesticides near California schools.</p> <p>The public sessions, which took place in May and June in Sacramento, Salinas, Ventura, Oxnard, Lamont and Coachella, were sparked by a media story written by the Center of Investigating Reporting concerning Rio Mesa High School in Oxnard.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/management/california-regulators-study-pesticide-usage-near-schools" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/management/california-regulators-study-pesticide-usage-near-schools#comments Management Pesticides Fri, 26 Jun 2015 23:41:00 +0000 159741 at http://westernfarmpress.com $150 million, new partnership on water quality, quantity in California http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/150-million-new-partnership-water-quality-quantity-california <div class="node-body article-body">The Sierra-Cascade California Headwaters provides 25 million Californians with drinking water and much of the water for irrigated agriculture in the Sacramento and San Joaquin Valleys.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/150-million-new-partnership-water-quality-quantity-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/150-million-new-partnership-water-quality-quantity-california#comments Miscellaneous Drought Regulations Fri, 26 Jun 2015 22:36:00 +0000 159731 at http://westernfarmpress.com Dust Management Workshop, July 15, Modesto http://westernfarmpress.com/dust-management-workshop-july-15-modesto <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Almond Board of California hosts 'Managing Dust at Harvest' workshop in Modesto, Calif.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Modesto Junior College Ag Pavilion</span> <div class="street-address"> 2201 Blue Gum Ave. </div> <span class="locality">Modesto</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="37.661099">37° 39' 39.9564" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.040308">121° 2' 25.1088" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=37.661099+-121.040308+%282201+Blue+Gum+Ave.%2C+Modesto%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The Almond Board of California will host a dust management workshop entitled &ldquo;Managing Dust at Harvest.&rdquo; The event will cover dust reduction techniques, air quality regulations and funding opportunities.</p> <p>Almond harvest equipment manufacturers will be on site to showcase new technologies and innovations.</p> <p>The event takes place July 15 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Modesto Junior College Ag Pavilion, 2201 Blue Gum Ave., Modesto, Calif.</p> <p>Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. A complimentary lunch is available.</p> <p>RSVP&rsquo;s for the event are appreciated. Contact Rebecca Bailey at (209) 343-3245, or at <a href="mailto:rbailey@almondboard.com">rbailey@almondboard.com</a>.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/dust-management-workshop-july-15-modesto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/dust-management-workshop-july-15-modesto#comments 37.661099 -121.040308 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 16:56:00 +0000 159721 at http://westernfarmpress.com Part One: If words were water we would be wet http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/part-one-if-words-were-water-we-would-be-wet <div class="node-body blog-body">If California could convert all the words written on the Western drought into water; the state would be under water</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/part-one-if-words-were-water-we-would-be-wet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/part-one-if-words-were-water-we-would-be-wet#comments Irrigation Drought Farm Press Blog Thu, 25 Jun 2015 20:11:00 +0000 159701 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Instead of bobbing peacefully on a full lake, houseboats sit in dry dock at a popular California reservoir as drought continues to claim lakes and streams.</p> Napa County nudges closer to EGVM eradication http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-county-nudges-closer-egvm-eradication <div class="field-deck"> European grapevine moth not seen since Jan. 2014 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Napa County making great strides to eliminate dangerous pest threat to prized wine industry</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-county-nudges-closer-egvm-eradication" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-county-nudges-closer-egvm-eradication#comments Grapes Grapes Thu, 25 Jun 2015 01:30:00 +0000 159691 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Napa County&#39;s $700 million grape harvest could be threatened by existence of the European Grapevine Moth. Officials have worked hard since 2009 to eliminate the pest from the region.</p> Getty Images High-value commodities tied to record county farm values http://westernfarmpress.com/government/high-value-commodities-tied-record-county-farm-values <div class="field-deck"> Figures reflect gains in tree nuts, dairy, grapes and processing tomatoes </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Drought does not slow gains in some California commodity values</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/high-value-commodities-tied-record-county-farm-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/high-value-commodities-tied-record-county-farm-values#comments Government Crops Thu, 25 Jun 2015 00:28:00 +0000 159681 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Milk production eclipsed all other values in Kings County, Calif. in 2014 on prices that remained in record territory for much of the year.</p> Want to lead in California’s wheat industry? http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/want-lead-california-s-wheat-industry <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California Wheat Commission (CWC) will conduct district elections in July and August for the positions of commissioner and alternate commissioner for three commission grower districts.&nbsp;</p> <p>The wheat grower districts include: District 1 &ndash; Del Norte, Humboldt, Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties; District 4 &ndash; Alameda, Alpine, Calaveras, Contra Costa, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne counties; and District 7 &ndash; Inyo, Kings, and Tulare counties.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/want-lead-california-s-wheat-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/want-lead-california-s-wheat-industry#comments Miscellaneous Wheat Wed, 24 Jun 2015 21:03:00 +0000 159671 at http://westernfarmpress.com Promising bloom and fruit set gives Contra Costa County grower plenty to smile about http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/promising-bloom-and-fruit-set-gives-contra-costa-county-grower-plenty-smile-about <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Contra Costa County farmer Matt Fernandes is all smiles when describing conditions in early June for the Cecchini Family Vineyards’ 35-acre wine grape crop.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/promising-bloom-and-fruit-set-gives-contra-costa-county-grower-plenty-smile-about" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/promising-bloom-and-fruit-set-gives-contra-costa-county-grower-plenty-smile-about#comments Grapes Grapes Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:59:00 +0000 159661 at http://westernfarmpress.com San Joaquin Valley wine grape crop shaping up to be a great one... if only http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-valley-wine-grape-crop-shaping-be-great-one-if-only <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Judging strictly by appearance, it’s difficult to detect anything amiss in the wine grape vineyards of California’s San Joaquin Valley just prior to the official start of summer on June 21.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-valley-wine-grape-crop-shaping-be-great-one-if-only" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-valley-wine-grape-crop-shaping-be-great-one-if-only#comments Grapes Grapes Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:53:00 +0000 159651 at http://westernfarmpress.com Start of veraison signals critical period for managing the vineyard http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/start-veraison-signals-critical-period-managing-vineyard <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Based on what he was seeing in the field and reports from colleagues in the second week of June, George Zhuang, University of California Cooperative Extension viticulture farm advisor for Fresno County, expected veraison to begin in California’s raisin-type grapes around the middle of June.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/start-veraison-signals-critical-period-managing-vineyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/start-veraison-signals-critical-period-managing-vineyard#comments Grapes Grapes Wed, 24 Jun 2015 18:37:00 +0000 159631 at http://westernfarmpress.com University of Arizona named innovation, economic prosperity school http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/university-arizona-named-innovation-economic-prosperity-school <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The University of Arizona (UA) has been recognized as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU).</p> <p>The designation - awarded to the UA and 17 other universities by the APLU&#39;s Commission on Innovation, Competitiveness and Economic Prosperity - acknowledges those working in states and regions to support economic development through a variety of activities.</p> <p>The activities include innovation and entrepreneurship, technology transfer, talent and workforce development, and community development.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/university-arizona-named-innovation-economic-prosperity-school" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/university-arizona-named-innovation-economic-prosperity-school#comments Miscellaneous Wed, 24 Jun 2015 17:17:00 +0000 159621 at http://westernfarmpress.com Vestaron’s VST-006330-EP bio-pesticide registered in California http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/vestaron-s-vst-006330-ep-bio-pesticide-registered-california <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Vestaron Corporation, a developer of insect control products derived from&nbsp;naturally-occurring peptides, announced June 24 that its VST-006330-EP bio-pesticide has received a product&nbsp;registration and master label from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.</p> <p>This follows last year&rsquo;s&nbsp;registration with EPA and subsequent label expansion last month.</p> <p>VST-006330-EP will be commercialized under the SPEAR trade name later this year.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/vestaron-s-vst-006330-ep-bio-pesticide-registered-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/vestaron-s-vst-006330-ep-bio-pesticide-registered-california#comments Vegetables Foliar insects Insecticides Tomatoes Wed, 24 Jun 2015 16:30:00 +0000 159611 at http://westernfarmpress.com Olive Oil Milling Short Course Oct. 1-4, Davis http://westernfarmpress.com/olive-oil-milling-short-course-oct-1-4-davis <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Olive oil milling short course Oct. 1-4 at UC Davis Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater</span> <div class="street-address"> 392 Old Davis Rd. </div> <span class="locality">Davis</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <span class="postal-code">95616-8571</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.532876">38° 31' 58.3536" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.750576">121° 45' 2.0736" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=38.532876+-121.750576+%28392+Old+Davis+Rd.%2C+Davis%2C+CA%2C+95616-8571%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A four-day course covering olive oil milling will take place Oct. 1-4 in Davis, Calif.</p> <p>The University of California Master Milling Certificate Course is led by Leandro Ravetti, one of the world&rsquo;s top olive oil experts.</p> <p>Ravetti is executive director of Australia&rsquo;s Boundary Bend Limited. He has helped guide the company to rapid growth, high efficiency and top awards in international competition.</p> <p>The course will be held at the Silverado Vineyard Sensory Theater at the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science. The course includes a field trip to three olive oil processors in Yolo County and Boundary Bend&rsquo;s new U.S. facility in Woodland.</p> <p>Olive oil will be processed on site at UC Davis by Olive2Bottle Mobile Services.</p> <p>Online registration can be accessed through the UC Olive Center website: <a href="http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/">http://olivecenter.ucdavis.edu/</a>. Registration for the 4-day course is $1,025 until Aug 1, $1,225 after Aug. 1.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/olive-oil-milling-short-course-oct-1-4-davis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/olive-oil-milling-short-course-oct-1-4-davis#comments 38.532876 -121.750576 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 16:43:00 +0000 159601 at http://westernfarmpress.com Former AFBF President Dean Kleckner passes away http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/former-afbf-president-dean-kleckner-passes-away <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dean Kleckner, 82, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) from 1986-2000, passed away June 15 at his home in Wayzata, Minn.</p> <p>Kleckner served the Farm Bureau organization at the local, state, and national levels for 46 years; first as a county president in Floyd County, Iowa. He moved up the leadership ranks where he served as Iowa Farm Bureau president and later as the chief of AFBF, the nation&rsquo;s largest grassroots farm organization.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/former-afbf-president-dean-kleckner-passes-away" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/former-afbf-president-dean-kleckner-passes-away#comments Miscellaneous Mon, 22 Jun 2015 21:02:00 +0000 159591 at http://westernfarmpress.com