Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en WCSA Western Cotton Conference, Aug. 31, Coalinga http://westernfarmpress.com/wcsa-western-cotton-conference-aug-31-coalinga <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">Harris Ranch Inn</span> <div class="street-address"> 24505 W Dorris Ave. </div> <span class="locality">Coalinga</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.253164">36° 15' 11.3904" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-120.238534">120° 14' 18.7224" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.253164+-120.238534+%2824505+W+Dorris+Ave.%2C+Coalinga%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The Western Cotton Shippers Association invites cotton growers and industry members to attend the Western Cotton Conference on Aug. 31, 2016 in Coalinga, Calif. at the Harris Ranch Inn.</p> <p><strong>Agenda</strong>:</p> <p>9:00 a.m. - Registration</p> <p>9:30 a.m. &ndash; Welcome, Tim North, WCSA President</p> <p>California agriculture water issues - Daniel Sumners, UC Davis</p> <p>Future of California agriculture - Vernon Crowder, Rabobank</p> <p>11:00 a.m. - Supima Annual Meeting</p> <p>12:30 p.m. - Lunch</p> <p>To register to attend, contact Laura Skillern at <a href="mailto:lskillern@acsa-cotton.org">lskillern@acsa-cotton.org</a> to help provide a lunch count.</p> <p>For questions about the Supima annual meeting, call (602) 792-6002.</p> </div> http://westernfarmpress.com/wcsa-western-cotton-conference-aug-31-coalinga#comments 36.253164 -120.238534 Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:47:00 +0000 168141 at http://westernfarmpress.com Insurance changes expand farm safety net for double cropping http://westernfarmpress.com/government/insurance-changes-expand-farm-safety-net-double-cropping <div class="field-byline"> USDA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Acting Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse has announced the federal crop insurance program will provide additional flexibility to farmers. The modifications center on the practice of growing two crops on the same field at different times of the year, which is known as double cropping.</p> <p>&quot;We are constantly looking for ways to meet the needs of our farmers and seek out their feedback so we can best provide them with the tools and resources they need to grow and support their operations,&quot; Scuse said.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/insurance-changes-expand-farm-safety-net-double-cropping" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/insurance-changes-expand-farm-safety-net-double-cropping#comments Government Sun, 26 Jun 2016 21:04:00 +0000 168131 at http://westernfarmpress.com Tips for using a pressure chamber to improve water use in the vineyard http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/tips-using-pressure-chamber-improve-water-use-vineyard <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt, Contributing writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A pressure chamber offers a relatively inexpensive way to determine the amount of water stress a vine is experiencing, whether you’re using deficit irrigation or simply want to improve your irrigation efficiency.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/tips-using-pressure-chamber-improve-water-use-vineyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/tips-using-pressure-chamber-improve-water-use-vineyard#comments Grapes Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:59:00 +0000 168111 at http://westernfarmpress.com Raisin vineyards may be at increased risk from several threats as season progresses http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-vineyards-may-be-increased-risk-several-threats-season-progresses <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While there can be several insect and disease threats to a raisin crop, George Zhuang, recommends that growers be alert for two in particular this summer.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-vineyards-may-be-increased-risk-several-threats-season-progresses" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/raisin-vineyards-may-be-increased-risk-several-threats-season-progresses#comments Grapes Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:49:00 +0000 168101 at http://westernfarmpress.com Weather, water, good bunch counts point to a decent crop for Fresno County grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/weather-water-good-bunch-counts-point-decent-crop-fresno-county-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With the berries in his wine grape vineyards still green and hard at the middle of June, Fresno County, Calif., grower Trent Hammond wasn’t ready to assess the potential quality of this year’s crop. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/weather-water-good-bunch-counts-point-decent-crop-fresno-county-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/weather-water-good-bunch-counts-point-decent-crop-fresno-county-grower#comments Grapes Wed, 22 Jun 2016 18:20:00 +0000 168091 at http://westernfarmpress.com June Dairy Month honors more than just the cows http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/june-dairy-month-honors-more-just-cows <div class="node-body blog-body">A vibrant and sustainable dairy industry can go a long way towards sustaining entire agricultural economies</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/june-dairy-month-honors-more-just-cows" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/june-dairy-month-honors-more-just-cows#comments Miscellaneous Crops Farm Press Blog Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:25:00 +0000 168071 at http://westernfarmpress.com California farm leader Mark Watte loses bout with cancer http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-farm-leader-mark-watte-loses-bout-cancer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mark Christopher Watte, a proud and dedicated California farmer, plus state and national farm leader who stood tall for the industry on drought and other issues, passed away June 17, 2016 after a bout with cancer.</p> <p>Watte operated his family farm called George Watte &amp; Sons (George was Mark&rsquo;s father). Mark grew cotton, alfalfa, triticale and corn for silage, black-eyed peas, pistachios, plus operated a 1,000 Jersey-cow dairy at Tulare.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-farm-leader-mark-watte-loses-bout-cancer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-farm-leader-mark-watte-loses-bout-cancer#comments Tree Nuts Alfalfa Cotton Tue, 21 Jun 2016 12:10:00 +0000 168081 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Mark Watte&nbsp;of Tulare, Calif.&nbsp;passed away June 17 from cancer.</strong></p> Gallery: Macadamia nut farming at Island Harvest Inc. http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/gallery-macadamia-nut-farming-island-harvest-inc <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The Trump family, including Jim and Debbie and their sons Chris and Nathan, farm macadamia nuts near Kapaau&nbsp;on the northernmost coast of the Big Island of Hawaii. This year, the Trumps are celebrating their 25th year in the macadamia business.</p> <p>Western Farm Press visited the Trumps and their island farm. You can read all about their operation, the challenges, and the opportunities ahead by clicking on this link&nbsp;- <a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/moving-macadamia-nut-production-next-level" title="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/moving-macadamia-nut-production-next-level">http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/moving-macadamia-nut-production-ne...</a>.</p> <p>Enjoy these photos of the Trump&#39;s 700 acre operation.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/gallery-macadamia-nut-farming-island-harvest-inc" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/gallery-macadamia-nut-farming-island-harvest-inc#comments Tree Nuts Fri, 17 Jun 2016 21:04:00 +0000 168061 at http://westernfarmpress.com Moving macadamia nut production to the next level http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/moving-macadamia-nut-production-next-level <div class="field-deck"> Island Harvest Inc. farm on Hawaii’s Big Island </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Crashing ocean waves are quickly stilled as they hit the majestic tall rock cliffs protruding like a mountain fortress on the coastline near the community of Kapaau at the northernmost tip of the Big Island of Hawaii.</p> <p>Just a few miles down the coast line is an amazing 700-acre farm which many decades ago was a sugarcane plantation. In the 1980s, the cane yielded way to plantings of macadamia trees for nuts. Farming the macadamia operation today is the Jim Trump family and their Island Harvest Inc. farm which started in 1991. &nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/moving-macadamia-nut-production-next-level" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/moving-macadamia-nut-production-next-level#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Biological Pest Management Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Grapes Nitrogen Organic Farming Organic Matter Pecans Pesticides Pistachios Walnuts Fri, 17 Jun 2016 17:57:00 +0000 168051 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>The macadamia team at Island Harvest Inc. at Kapaau, Hawaii includes from left: Chris,&nbsp;Jim, and Nathan Trump, plus Hansen Kapeliela&nbsp;and Gilbert Bigtas. 2016&nbsp;marks the 25<sup>th</sup> year for the Trump family in the macadamia business on the Big Island coast.</strong></p> Ways to improve efficiency in flood irrigation systems http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/ways-improve-efficiency-flood-irrigation-systems <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Surface irrigation sometimes gets a bad rap, and a representative of a pioneering Australian-based company out to automate gravity fed systems pointed this out at a rare presentation on improving efficiency of various forms of flood irrigation.</p> <p>&ldquo;The irrigation industry in general, with the exception of the people in this room, if you tell them you want to maximize efficiency with drip irrigation, they&rsquo;ll put you on their shoulders and throw money at you,&rdquo; said Alan Jackson, area manager for Rubicon Water.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/ways-improve-efficiency-flood-irrigation-systems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/ways-improve-efficiency-flood-irrigation-systems#comments Irrigation Alfalfa Almonds Cotton Grapes Pecans Pistachios Stone Fruit Vegetables Walnuts Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:48:00 +0000 168041 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>UCCE speakers Dan Munk, left, irrigation specialist in Fresno County, and Daniele Zaccaria, agricultural water management specialist, at a surface irrigation workshop at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier, Calif.</strong></p> Video focuses on vulgarity-sex to sell organic, dispel pesticides http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/video-focuses-vulgarity-sex-sell-organic-dispel-pesticides <div class="node-body blog-body">“This video directly and falsely impact consumer opinions about how we grow and raise food, which in turn, directly impacts the present and the future for farmers and ranchers. It is unjust and raises unrealistic fears about the food we grow,” according to the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/video-focuses-vulgarity-sex-sell-organic-dispel-pesticides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/video-focuses-vulgarity-sex-sell-organic-dispel-pesticides#comments Tree Nuts Environmental groups Pesticides Farm Press Blog Fri, 17 Jun 2016 15:27:00 +0000 168031 at http://westernfarmpress.com Joint citrus meetings, July 13, Tulare http://westernfarmpress.com/joint-citrus-meetings-july-13-tulare <div class="node-body event-body"><p>California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee meets July 13 in Tulare, 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">Tulare County Agricultural Building</span> <div class="street-address"> 4437 S. Laspina Street </div> <span class="locality">Tulare</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <span class="postal-code">93274</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.166143">36° 9' 58.1148" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-119.329044">119° 19' 44.5584" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.166143+-119.329044+%284437+S.+Laspina+Street%2C+Tulare%2C+CA%2C+93274%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A joint gathering of citrus researchers and the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee (CCPDP) will take place July 13, starting at 8 a.m., in the Tulare County Agricultural Building, 4437 S. Laspina Street, Tulare.</p> <p>Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.</p> <p>Two research presentations, one including a discussion on citrus root health and a second on water management in citrus, will take place beginning at 8:05 a.m. James Graham of the University of Florida will discuss root health and Blake Sanden with the University of California will discuss water management.</p> <p>Following those presentations will be a formal meeting of the CCPDP. An agenda for that meeting will be posted on the California Department of Food and Agriculture&rsquo;s website about 10 days ahead of the meeting.</p> <p>Continuing education credits are available for both meetings.&nbsp;</p> </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/joint-citrus-meetings-july-13-tulare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/joint-citrus-meetings-july-13-tulare#comments 36.166143 -119.329044 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 00:07:00 +0000 168021 at http://westernfarmpress.com California walnut yields maintain record-setting pace http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-walnut-yields-maintain-record-setting-pace <div class="field-deck"> California Walnut Board boosts advertising budget to sell more nuts </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California walnut production projected to remain on record-setting pace</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-walnut-yields-maintain-record-setting-pace" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-walnut-yields-maintain-record-setting-pace#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Walnuts Thu, 16 Jun 2016 21:42:00 +0000 168011 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Walnut yields continue to increase across California as more trees come into production. The California Walnut Board is boosting promotion&nbsp;and&nbsp;advertising efforts&nbsp;to spur global sales.</p> CCAGA members gather for 53rd annual meeting http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ccaga-members-gather-53rd-annual-meeting <div class="node-body gallery-body">Central California Almond Growers Association gathers in Fresno for 53rd annual meeting</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ccaga-members-gather-53rd-annual-meeting" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ccaga-members-gather-53rd-annual-meeting#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Wed, 15 Jun 2016 23:54:00 +0000 168001 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>Current leadership of the Central California Almond Growers Association, from left: President and CEO Michael Kelley; Board Chairman James&nbsp;</span>McFarlane<span>, Vice Chairman Tim&nbsp;</span>DaSilva<span>;</span><span>&nbsp;Secretary Gary Coleman; Director Tom Chandler; Director Jeff McKinney; and, Director Matt Abercrombie. Not pictured is board Treasurer Jimmy Anderson.</span></p> Gallery: Who's Who at the Desert Ag Conference http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/gallery-whos-who-desert-ag-conference <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The Annual Desert Ag Conference is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona pest control advisors, crop consultants, growers, and many others involved in desert agriculture in the Grand Canyon State.</p> <p>About 230 folks gathered for this year&#39;s event which covered a wide array of topics, including the slow and expensive route to bring a pesticide to market, discussed by research scientist Jesse Richardson of Dow AgroSciences.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/gallery-whos-who-desert-ag-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/gallery-whos-who-desert-ag-conference#comments Vegetables Pesticides Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:51:00 +0000 167991 at http://westernfarmpress.com Proper summer soil moisture levels critical to improved yield with drip http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/proper-summer-soil-moisture-levels-critical-improved-yield-drip <div class="field-byline"> Todd Rinkenberger, Netafim USA </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>To guarantee that an alfalfa crop has adequate soil moisture during the hot season growers should start monitoring soil moisture well before summer begins.</p> <p>A challenge with using drip irrigation in alfalfa fields is to keep soil moisture levels stable during the typically hot and dry months. Planning and keeping track of deep moisture requirements during the summer can help growers reap profits from yield increases.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/proper-summer-soil-moisture-levels-critical-improved-yield-drip" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/proper-summer-soil-moisture-levels-critical-improved-yield-drip#comments Alfalfa Alfalfa Other Piped Water Wed, 15 Jun 2016 17:35:00 +0000 167981 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sunbelt leaders to tour Idaho agricultural operations http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/sunbelt-leaders-tour-idaho-agricultural-operations <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a name="OLE_LINK2">Sunbelt farmers will see a diverse range of agricultural production and processing operations in southern Idaho on June 20-23 as part of the National Cotton Council&rsquo;s (NCC) Multi-Commodity Education Program (MCEP).</a></p> <p>Launched in 2006, the MCEP is coordinated by NCC&rsquo;s Member Services staff and local leaders and organizations. The program is supported by The Cotton Foundation with a grant from John Deere.</p> <p>The program is designed to provide its participants with:</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/sunbelt-leaders-tour-idaho-agricultural-operations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/sunbelt-leaders-tour-idaho-agricultural-operations#comments Cotton Wed, 15 Jun 2016 16:36:00 +0000 167971 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Sunbelt farmers will visit barley (pictured) and other farming operations in southern Idaho June 20-23 during the National Cotton Council&#39;s 2016 Multi-Commodity Education Program tour. Photo: Scott Barbour, Getty Images.</p> EU’s phosphite MRL extension good news for most tree nut industries http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/eu-s-phosphite-mrl-extension-good-news-most-tree-nut-industries <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Most of California’s nut industries got some good news with the announcement that the European Union was extending its maximum residue limit (MRL) for phosphite-containing products until March 1, 2019, retroactive to Jan. 1, 2016.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/eu-s-phosphite-mrl-extension-good-news-most-tree-nut-industries" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/eu-s-phosphite-mrl-extension-good-news-most-tree-nut-industries#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:47:00 +0000 167951 at http://westernfarmpress.com Good chill hours are no assurance of pistachio crop size http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/good-chill-hours-are-no-assurance-pistachio-crop-size <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="field-deck"> Chill accumulation is only one contributor to bloom </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Most pistachio-growing regions in California received enough chill hours this past winter to facilitate the set of the 2016 crop.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/good-chill-hours-are-no-assurance-pistachio-crop-size" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/good-chill-hours-are-no-assurance-pistachio-crop-size#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:08:00 +0000 167941 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Male pistachio flowers. Photo: Elizabeth Fichtner, University of California.</p> ‘Less is more’ when pruning young walnut trees http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/less-more-when-pruning-young-walnut-trees <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Walnut growers who find themselves lighter in the walnut due to recent setbacks for the industry might do well to heed findings of researchers with the University of California (UC) who say less is more when it comes to pruning in a walnut orchard.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/less-more-when-pruning-young-walnut-trees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/less-more-when-pruning-young-walnut-trees#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 15 Jun 2016 14:48:00 +0000 167931 at http://westernfarmpress.com California cotton acreage trends up 26 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-trends-26-percent <div class="field-deck"> More complete numbers should be available in July </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California cotton acreage is up 26 percent in 2016 after hitting lows last year not seen since the Great Depression.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-trends-26-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/california-cotton-acreage-trends-26-percent#comments Cotton Tue, 14 Jun 2016 17:04:00 +0000 167921 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>After California cotton acreage hit lows in 2015 not seen since the Great Depression, acreage figures this year look to be upwards of 26 percent higher than last. Total California acreage in 2016 looks to be more than 209,000 acres.</p> DPR Director asks growers to reduce chlorpyrifos use http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/dpr-director-asks-growers-reduce-chlorpyrifos-use <div class="field-byline"> Brian Leahy, Director, California Department of Pesticide Regulation </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>(<em>Note:&nbsp;This article is a opinion-editorial submitted by California Department of Pesticide Regulation Director&nbsp;Brian Leahy</em>).</p> <p>More than a half a century ago when Lyndon Johnson was President and telephones were stationary rotary devices, the pesticide chlorpyrifos was introduced into the market.</p> <p>Chlorpyrifos seemed like an effective improvement over the existing chemistry and it quickly became one of the most widely used pesticides in the world.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/dpr-director-asks-growers-reduce-chlorpyrifos-use" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/dpr-director-asks-growers-reduce-chlorpyrifos-use#comments Tree Nuts Mon, 13 Jun 2016 23:51:00 +0000 167911 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Getty Images</p> Citrus industry not waiting for public funds to fight HLB http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/citrus-industry-not-waiting-public-funds-fight-hlb <div class="node-body blog-body">The fight to find cure for Huanglongbing is life-or-death for the U.S. citrus industry and for California growers</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/citrus-industry-not-waiting-public-funds-fight-hlb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/citrus-industry-not-waiting-public-funds-fight-hlb#comments Orchard Crops Farm Press Blog Mon, 13 Jun 2016 16:48:00 +0000 167901 at http://westernfarmpress.com Elles to lead California Agricultural Commissioner's and Sealers Association http://westernfarmpress.com/government/elles-lead-california-agricultural-commissioners-and-sealers-association <div class="node-body article-body">The California Agricultural Commissioners and Sealers Association (CACASA) recently named Sandy Elles as its new executive director. Elles will officially assume her new role June 27.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/elles-lead-california-agricultural-commissioners-and-sealers-association" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/elles-lead-california-agricultural-commissioners-and-sealers-association#comments Government Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:57:00 +0000 167891 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Agricultural commissioners provide regulatory services in coordination with the California Department of Pesticide Regulations.</p> New videos detail research-based steps to reduce dust at almond harvest http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/new-videos-detail-research-based-steps-reduce-dust-almond-harvest <div class="field-byline"> Gabriele Ludwig, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Almond Board of California </div> <div class="field-deck"> Exclusive to Western Farm Press </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>It&rsquo;s a dusty time of year. Drought, wildfires, and harvest activities all contribute to particulate matter in the air. While the first two are beyond our immediate control, there are steps almond growers can take to minimize the impact of harvest dust.</p> <p>It&rsquo;s also important to remember that while there are no direct regulations for dust created from almond harvesting operations, local air quality agencies may be alerted if harvest activities become a nuisance to those nearby.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/new-videos-detail-research-based-steps-reduce-dust-almond-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/new-videos-detail-research-based-steps-reduce-dust-almond-harvest#comments Tree Nuts Grapes Thu, 09 Jun 2016 00:20:00 +0000 167881 at http://westernfarmpress.com ‘Discovery to launch’ – the slow road to bring pesticides to market http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/discovery-launch-slow-road-bring-pesticides-market <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Farmers often wonder why pesticides are expensive and why it takes so long to bring crop protection products to market.</p> <p>The answer largely lies in the high costs associated with the discovery of a new pesticide active ingredient and the lengthy process to bring it to market. Also, chemical companies spend huge amounts of time and money to produce mountains of data to meet federal and state government requirements to achieve pesticide registration.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/discovery-launch-slow-road-bring-pesticides-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/discovery-launch-slow-road-bring-pesticides-market#comments Tree Nuts Citrus Fungicides Grapes Herbicides Insecticides Pesticides Wed, 08 Jun 2016 22:54:00 +0000 167871 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Members of the 2016-2017 Arizona Crop Protection Association board of directors include: front row from left - Mike Charles, President Andy Hancock, Willie Negroni, Clark Webb, and Cory Weddle. Back row from left - Chris Denning, Ken Narramore, Treasurer Hank Mager, and Andy Hampton. Not pictured are Ty Currie and Vice President Jeff Boydston.</strong></p> Signs of potassium deficiency are in the leaves http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/signs-potassium-deficiency-are-leaves <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Grape vines require potassium fertilization much less frequently than applications of nitrogen. This reflects the more steady supply of potassium provided by soil minerals, the depth of soil in many vineyards and the resistance of potassium to losses from leaching.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/signs-potassium-deficiency-are-leaves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/signs-potassium-deficiency-are-leaves#comments Grapes Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:30:00 +0000 167851 at http://westernfarmpress.com Delta grower expects his 2016 production levels to be similar to last year at best http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/delta-grower-expects-his-2016-production-levels-be-similar-last-year-best <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Judging by the size of the clusters he was seeing in early June, Sacramento County grower Joe Salman is projecting his family’s Delta wine grape crop will be no larger, and maybe even a bit smaller, than last year. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/delta-grower-expects-his-2016-production-levels-be-similar-last-year-best" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/delta-grower-expects-his-2016-production-levels-be-similar-last-year-best#comments Grapes Wed, 08 Jun 2016 15:17:00 +0000 167841 at http://westernfarmpress.com Big, healthy clusters promise a turn-around in production for Paso Robles grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/big-healthy-clusters-promise-turn-around-production-paso-robles-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At the start of June, the Syrah and Petite Sirah crop growing in the Almond Hill Vineyard near Paso Robles, Calif., was looking the best of any the vineyard has produced in the past four years.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/big-healthy-clusters-promise-turn-around-production-paso-robles-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/big-healthy-clusters-promise-turn-around-production-paso-robles-grower#comments Grapes Wed, 08 Jun 2016 12:59:00 +0000 167831 at http://westernfarmpress.com California citrus funds $8M HLB cure research facility http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-citrus-funds-8m-hlb-cure-research-facility <div class="field-deck"> Level 3 containment lab will focus on finding cure for Huanglongbing </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California citrus industry will fund high-security research lab near UC Riverside as it seeks cure for Huanglongbing.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-citrus-funds-8m-hlb-cure-research-facility" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-citrus-funds-8m-hlb-cure-research-facility#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Tue, 07 Jun 2016 20:18:00 +0000 167821 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Dignitaries at the groundbreaking for the citrus research facility at UC Riverside include from left: Kim WIlcox, UC Riverside; Russ Hanlin, Sunkist; Rep. Mark Takano, Riverside; Joel Nelsen, California Citrus Mutual; Rep. Ken Calvert, Corona; Michael Pazzani, UCR; John Demshki, Corona-College Heights Orange &amp; Lemon Association; and&nbsp;Jim Marderosian, Bee Sweet Citrus.</p> Photo by Carrie Rosema, UC Riverside