Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en What do presidential candidates think of US agriculture? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture <div class="node-body blog-body">What are the thoughts of those running for president when it comes to American agriculture?</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/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-do-presidential-candidates-think-us-agriculture#comments Government Farm Press Blog Thu, 28 Apr 2016 20:23:00 +0000 166811 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>Republican presidential candidates (Lto R) Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Donald Trump, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), and Ohio Gov. John Kasich participate in a debate sponsored by Fox News on March 3, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Voters in Michigan will go to the polls March 8 for the State&#39;s primary. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)</span></p> Ag at Large: Noisy cannons discourage hail damage in fruit http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-noisy-cannons-discourage-hail-damage-fruit <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee: Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although the use is centuries old, noisy hail cannons have been employed only recently by several Central California fruit growers as a possible defense against early spring hail storms. Neighbors hope quieter weapons can be found.</p> <p>Aimed upward to intersect the clouds of an approaching hail storm, these huge metal tubes emit thunderous blasts of compressed air which manufacturers claim reduce hail stones to a frosty slush.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-noisy-cannons-discourage-hail-damage-fruit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-noisy-cannons-discourage-hail-damage-fruit#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Protection Walnuts Hail Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:54:00 +0000 166581 at http://westernfarmpress.com Popularity of almonds reflected in federal acreage report http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/popularity-almonds-reflected-federal-acreage-report <div class="field-deck"> Increase in acreage reflected in world demand for the nut crop </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As almond acreage in California surpasses one million, world demand keeps pace.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/popularity-almonds-reflected-federal-acreage-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/popularity-almonds-reflected-federal-acreage-report#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:34:00 +0000 166801 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Kern County is the largest almond-producing region in California with more than 147,000 acres planted. Growers in the county produce nearly 21 percent of the state&#39;s almond crop.</p> WPHA Regulatory Conference, June 21-22, Sacramento http://westernfarmpress.com/wpha-regulatory-conference-june-21-22-sacramento <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Western Plant Health Association holds annual regulatory conference, June 21-22, downtown Sacramento.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Hyatt Regency Sacramento</span> <div class="street-address"> 1209 L Street </div> <span class="locality">Sacramento</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.577814">38° 34' 40.1304" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.490685">121° 29' 26.466" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=38.577814+-121.490685+%281209+L+Street%2C+Sacramento%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The Western Plant Health Association will host its annual two-day regulatory conference in downtown Sacramento June 21-22.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s meeting will present information on how companies can register pesticides in California.</p> <p>Panel discussions will address the fundamentals of registration, new product application packages, scientific evaluations and characterizations, and environmental monitoring by the Department of Pesticide Regulations.</p> <p>A morning session centered on the regulatory challenges of marijuana in California will take place on the second day.</p> <p>The conference takes place at the Hyatt Regency Sacramento, 1209 L Street. A special room rate of $229 per night, plus tax, is available by mentioning the Western Plant Health Association. Deadline to receive the special conference rate is May 30.</p> <p>Hotel reservations can be made by calling (888) 421-1442.</p> <p>For more information on the Western Plant Health Association, visit <a href="http://www.healthyplants.org/">www.healthyplants.org</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/wpha-regulatory-conference-june-21-22-sacramento" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/wpha-regulatory-conference-june-21-22-sacramento#comments 38.577814 -121.490685 Wed, 27 Apr 2016 19:36:00 +0000 166791 at http://westernfarmpress.com Stay on top of vine nutrition needs with a bloom-time tissue test http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/stay-top-vine-nutrition-needs-bloom-time-tissue-test <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bloom is an ideal time to perform a plant tissue analysis in your vineyard.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/stay-top-vine-nutrition-needs-bloom-time-tissue-test" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/stay-top-vine-nutrition-needs-bloom-time-tissue-test#comments Grapes Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:11:00 +0000 166771 at http://westernfarmpress.com Lake County’s 2016 wine grape crop benefits from high soil moisture levels, full reservoirs http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lake-county-s-2016-wine-grape-crop-benefits-high-soil-moisture-levels-full-reservoirs <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Bud break was underway in most of Lake County’s valley floor vineyards by the second week of April. Meanwhile, shoots in some vineyards on the higher, warmer hillsides had already grown to about 8 inches in length.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lake-county-s-2016-wine-grape-crop-benefits-high-soil-moisture-levels-full-reservoirs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lake-county-s-2016-wine-grape-crop-benefits-high-soil-moisture-levels-full-reservoirs#comments Grapes Wed, 27 Apr 2016 16:02:00 +0000 166761 at http://westernfarmpress.com Credit: PatrikStedrak/Thinkstock Winter rains benefit early-season crop development for Lodi grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/winter-rains-benefit-early-season-crop-development-lodi-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By mid-April shoot growth in the Kautz Family Vineyards in the Lodi appellation of the northern San Joaquin Valley had extended to about 10 to 18 inches in length.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/winter-rains-benefit-early-season-crop-development-lodi-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/winter-rains-benefit-early-season-crop-development-lodi-grower#comments Grapes Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:49:00 +0000 166751 at http://westernfarmpress.com Storm damage spotty in south San Joaquin Valley http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/storm-damage-spotty-south-san-joaquin-valley <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, strong winds and damaging hail to parts of California&rsquo;s San Joaquin Valley April 24.</p> <p>Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, Calif., said her office received reports of hail up to 1.25 inches in diameter in the Tulare area. There were no reports of weather damage from the storm.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/storm-damage-spotty-south-san-joaquin-valley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/storm-damage-spotty-south-san-joaquin-valley#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Nuts Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:19:00 +0000 166741 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Wasco almond grower Jenny Holtermann&nbsp;says about 300 almond trees were blown over in two separate storms in April in the orchard she farms with her husband, Tim. The most recent storm will lead them to remove the orchard after harvest this year and replant in the same location.</p> <p>Holtermann says yield still looks good in the rest of the orchard.</p> China puts 9 million bales of cotton on world market http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/china-puts-9-million-bales-cotton-world-market <div class="field-deck"> Sale is a portion of estimated 58 million bales of reserves </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Concerns surface that China is dumping cotton as 9 million bales go up for sale</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/china-puts-9-million-bales-cotton-world-market" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/china-puts-9-million-bales-cotton-world-market#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 26 Apr 2016 18:05:00 +0000 166731 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Farmer laborers work at a cotton factory in Korla&nbsp;City, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. About one million farm workers from other&nbsp;provinces travel to Xinjiang to pick cotton.&nbsp;</p> Photo by Guang Niu/Getty Images Make China pay price for cotton market misdeeds http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/make-china-pay-price-cotton-market-misdeeds <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>China is a double-edged sword killing the world cotton market.</p> <p>A recent <strong>Wall Street Journal</strong> article repeated what cotton marketers have been saying for several years. China consumes about one-third of cotton&rsquo;s annual global production, making it the most important market in the world, yet China is destroying the world&rsquo;s cotton market by sitting on 60 percent of the world&rsquo;s cotton stock.</p> <p>Cotton is trading at the lowest prices in seven to 12 years, depending on the marketplace.</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/make-china-pay-price-cotton-market-misdeeds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/make-china-pay-price-cotton-market-misdeeds#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Mon, 25 Apr 2016 18:39:00 +0000 166721 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Cotton - file photo.</p> New farm data coalition puts farmers in the driver’s seat http://westernfarmpress.com/management/new-farm-data-coalition-puts-farmers-driver-s-seat <div class="field-deck"> Agricultural Data Coalition </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Thanks to precision agriculture and advancements in equipment and computing technology, America&rsquo;s farmers are building a treasure trove of production information that will help fuel future innovation.</p> <p>A new organization, the Agricultural Data Coalition (ADC), plans to help farmers better control, manage, and maximize the value of their data.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/management/new-farm-data-coalition-puts-farmers-driver-s-seat" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/management/new-farm-data-coalition-puts-farmers-driver-s-seat#comments Management Mon, 25 Apr 2016 16:51:00 +0000 166691 at http://westernfarmpress.com More state water allotted to California farmers http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/more-state-water-allotted-california-farmers <div class="node-body article-body">California Department of Water Resources says it will deliver more water to growers, urban users this year</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/more-state-water-allotted-california-farmers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/more-state-water-allotted-california-farmers#comments Irrigation Government Fri, 22 Apr 2016 01:21:00 +0000 166701 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Irrigation canals that for several years have seen no water are flowing again in central California as winter rain and snow has made water deliveries possible to growers.</p> Napa grape yields down significantly in 2015 http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-grape-yields-down-significantly-2015 <div class="field-deck"> Poor weather in May linked to reduced set, smaller clusters </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Napa wine grape yields suffer in 2015 from poor weather in May.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-grape-yields-down-significantly-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-grape-yields-down-significantly-2015#comments Grapes Grapes Thu, 21 Apr 2016 17:04:00 +0000 166681 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Though wineries crushed fewer Napa grapes than in the past, grower prices did not suffer from the spring weather that caused poor fruit set.</p> California rice’s priorities - water, regulations, politics http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/california-rice-s-priorities-water-regulations-politics <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California rice industry is pleased as punch with the rainfall this past fall, winter, and the &lsquo;Miracle March&rsquo; in the Sacramento Valley where the majority of the state&rsquo;s crop is grown.</p> <p>The rice industry is glowing over the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation&rsquo;s decision this spring to provide a 100 percent surface water allocation for agriculture to the area.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/california-rice-s-priorities-water-regulations-politics" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/california-rice-s-priorities-water-regulations-politics#comments Rice Drought El Nino Rice Wed, 20 Apr 2016 21:40:00 +0000 166661 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Tim Johnson is the chief executive officer of the California Rice Commission and has worked with the state&rsquo;s rice industry for 20 years.&nbsp;</strong></p> California food banks receive record donations in 2015 http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Last year the California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce from the state’s farmers and packers. That’s 75,000 tons of food that otherwise would have gone to waste because markets did not want it.</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-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:27:00 +0000 166651 at http://westernfarmpress.com First wine, then spirits – from farm to flask http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/first-wine-then-spirits-farm-flask <div class="field-byline"> Lee Allen, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>When life gives you grapes, make wine. And then, brandy. Or perhaps vodka. These are among the growing variety of spirits now distilled by wineries in Arizona, California, and in many other states.</p> <p>Along the West Coast and inland in the Arizona desert sands, vintners turned spirit distillers are increasing in number amid a wide variety of products.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/first-wine-then-spirits-farm-flask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/first-wine-then-spirits-farm-flask#comments Grapes Almonds Citrus Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:15:00 +0000 166641 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Gary Reeves, Village of Elgin Winery in Elgin, is the first craft distiller in Arizona. The operation produces&nbsp;whiskey, brandy, rum, and other specialty spirits.</strong></p> UC strategies to identify mites, reduce damage in walnut http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/uc-strategies-identify-mites-reduce-damage-walnut <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Managing mites in walnuts takes a sharp eye, monitoring, and predator awareness in the orchard, says Kris Tollerup, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) integrated pest management advisor at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/uc-strategies-identify-mites-reduce-damage-walnut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/uc-strategies-identify-mites-reduce-damage-walnut#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 20 Apr 2016 18:03:00 +0000 166611 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Two-spotted spider mite.</p> Photo courtesy of UC IPM. Following the “4 R’s” can improve nitrogen delivery to tree nuts http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/following-4-r-s-can-improve-nitrogen-delivery-tree-nuts <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The need to quantify nitrogen (N) usage to address regulations on the amount of nitrates in drinking water has spawned the development of budgets and research on how best to deliver N to tree nuts and other crops.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/following-4-r-s-can-improve-nitrogen-delivery-tree-nuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/following-4-r-s-can-improve-nitrogen-delivery-tree-nuts#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:55:00 +0000 166601 at http://westernfarmpress.com Credit: Pawel_Czaja/iStock/ThinkStock Conservation bio-control can save input costs, improve pest management in cotton http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/conservation-bio-control-can-save-input-costs-improve-pest-management-cotton <div class="field-byline"> Brad Robb, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Peter Ellsworth, integrated pest management (IPM) specialist with the University of Arizona, and Steven Naranjo of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, have studied whiteflies for more than 20 years.</p> <p>They know all too well the damage whiteflies can do to a field of open cotton, and the physical and economic damage sticky cotton can consequently cause to a textile operation if not detected.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/conservation-bio-control-can-save-input-costs-improve-pest-management-cotton" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/conservation-bio-control-can-save-input-costs-improve-pest-management-cotton#comments Cotton Cotton Whiteflies Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:18:00 +0000 166631 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>An open cotton field is at risk to damage from whiteflies. Conservation bio-control using natural predators can help reduce input costs and improve pest management for cotton growers and pest specialists.</strong></p> “Iron Wolf” can provide benefits in almond orchard removal, new plantings http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/iron-wolf-can-provide-benefits-almond-orchard-removal-new-plantings <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Iron Wolf is a monster rototiller that chews up whole almond trees much as a person devours a single nut, crunches rocks along the way, and in a single pass through an orchard leaves behind material that has significant benefits for the next orchard planted there.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/iron-wolf-can-provide-benefits-almond-orchard-removal-new-plantings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/iron-wolf-can-provide-benefits-almond-orchard-removal-new-plantings#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:01:00 +0000 166591 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Iron Wolf machine chews up whole almond trees, leaving behind material with significant benefits for the next planted orchard. Photo courtesy of UC IPM.</p> Small Grain Silage Tour, May 2, Visalia http://westernfarmpress.com/small-grain-silage-tour-may-2-visalia <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Small Grain Silage Tour near Visalia, 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">Milky Way Dairy</span> <div class="street-address"> 34800 Rd 80 </div> <span class="locality">Visalia</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.388045">36° 23' 16.962" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-119.394890">119° 23' 41.604" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.388045+-119.394890+%2834800+Rd+80%2C+Visalia%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A small grain silage tour will take place May 2 at Milky Way Dairy near Visalia from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A taco lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Milky Way Dairy is located north of Visalia on Road 80. To get there from Highway 99, go east on Hwy. 198 near the Visalia Airport. Exit Plaza Street and turn north. Continue north on Plaza (it will become Road 80) and continue past the county landfill. Turn right immediately after crossing the St. Johns River Bridge and follow the signs.</p> <p>Speakers will include Mark Lundy, University of California extension cereal specialist; Dan Putnam, University of California extension alfalfa and forage specialist; Deanna Fernandez of the California Wheat Commission; and, Steve Wright, Tulare County farm advisor.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/small-grain-silage-tour-may-2-visalia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/small-grain-silage-tour-may-2-visalia#comments 36.388045 -119.394890 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:08:00 +0000 166571 at http://westernfarmpress.com Small Grain Field Site Viewing, April 25, Five Points http://westernfarmpress.com/small-grain-field-site-viewing-april-25-five-points <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Small Grains Field Site Viewing at Westside Research and Extension Center</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Westside Research and Extension Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 17353 W Oakland Ave, </div> <span class="locality">Five Points</span> <span class="postal-code">93624</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=17353+W+Oakland+Ave%2C%2C+Five+Points%2C+%2C+93624%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Two sessions designed to educate growers of small grains will take place &ndash; one in late April the other in early May &ndash; in the south San Joaquin Valley.</p> <p>Topics of discussion will include selecting varieties for yield, feed quality, lodging resistance and disease resistance.</p> <p>Speakers will include Mark Lundy, University of California extension cereal specialist; Dan Putnam, University of California extension alfalfa and forage specialist; Deanna Fernandez of the California Wheat Commission; and, Steve Wright, Tulare County farm advisor.</p> <p>Session one takes place April 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westside Research and Extension Center in Five Points (corner of Lassen and Oakland). The field day will include trials for viewing with a standard presentation given on site from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.</p> <p>The second session is a small grain silage tour at Milky Way Dairy near Visalia from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. A taco lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.</p> <p>Milky Way Dairy is located north of Visalia on Road 80. To get there from Highway 99, go east on Hwy. 198 near the Visalia Airport. Exit Plaza Street and turn north. Continue north on Plaza (it will become Road 80) and continue past the county landfill. Turn right immediately after crossing the St. Johns River Bridge and follow the signs.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/small-grain-field-site-viewing-april-25-five-points" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/small-grain-field-site-viewing-april-25-five-points#comments Tue, 19 Apr 2016 23:02:00 +0000 166561 at http://westernfarmpress.com Strawberry Field Day, May 10, Santa Maria http://westernfarmpress.com/strawberry-field-day-may-10-santa-maria <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">Manzanita Berry Farms</span> <div class="street-address"> 1891 West Main St. </div> <span class="locality">Santa Maria</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.967113">34° 58' 1.6068" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-120.480697">120° 28' 50.5092" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.967113+-120.480697+%281891+West+Main+St.%2C+Santa+Maria%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>If you&rsquo;re in the strawberry industry, mark the calendar for the free Strawberry Field Day on May 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Manzanita Berry Farms, 1891 West Main St., Santa Maria, Calif.</p> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p>8:00 - Registration</p> <p>8:30 - Regulatory update on pesticides and fumigation - Santa Barbara Ag Commissioner&rsquo;s office</p> <p>8:50 - Strawberry disease diagnostic report - Kelly Ivors, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo</p> <p>9:10 - Strawberry shelf life studies with rotational fungicide programs and Tectrol palleting - Frank Sances and Vishal Shinde, Pacific Ag Research</p> <p>9:30 - Comparing trap design and location for corn earworm monitoring in strawberry - Jimmy Klick and Michael Seagraves, Driscoll&rsquo;s</p> <p>9:50 - Grower&rsquo;s perspective - Strawberry crop production and protection practices - Dave Peck, Manzanita Berry Farms</p> <p>10:10 - Break</p> <p>10:25 - Pest and disease research update - Dan Legard, California Strawberry Commission</p> <p>10:45 - Arthropod pest management during, at the end of strawberry production season - update on strawberry fertility and irrigation study and impact on pests and diseases - Surendra Dara, UCCE</p> <p>11:25 - Weed and disease management results from recent fumigant studies - Steve Fennimore, UCCE</p> <p>​11:45 - Best practices to avoid pesticide runoff - Samuel Sandoval-Solis and Lisa Blecker, UC Davis&nbsp;</p> <p>12:15 - Survey</p> <p>12:25 - Field tour of various studies</p> <p>12:45 &ndash; Free lunch</p> <p>Spanish interpretation will be provided. Three DPR and three CCA CE credits have been approved.</p> <p>Register for the field day online at <a href="http://ucanr.edu/2016strawberryfieldday">http://ucanr.edu/2016strawberryfieldday</a> by May 6, 2016. Call Ingrid Schumann at (805) 781-5940 for additional information.</p> <p>The event sponsors include Biobest USA, the California Strawberry Commission, and Manzanita Berry Farms.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/strawberry-field-day-may-10-santa-maria#comments 34.967113 -120.480697 Tue, 19 Apr 2016 20:57:00 +0000 166551 at http://westernfarmpress.com Circus politics, polling screw-up, long voting lines http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/circus-politics-polling-screw-long-voting-lines <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>We&rsquo;re all aware of the political circus act currently performed under the Republican and Democratic parties&rsquo; &lsquo;Big Tops&rsquo; for the high stakes goal of snaring the U.S. presidency. The candidates are dishing out outrageous showboating amid rampant name calling.</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/circus-politics-polling-screw-long-voting-lines" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/circus-politics-polling-screw-long-voting-lines#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:57:00 +0000 166541 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Photo: Win McNamee, Getty Images.</p> Napa growers recall discovery of invasive moth http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-growers-recall-discovery-invasive-moth <div class="node-body gallery-body">Photo gallery: Napa grape grower recalls discovery of invasive moth</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-growers-recall-discovery-invasive-moth" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-growers-recall-discovery-invasive-moth#comments Grapes Grapes Tue, 19 Apr 2016 16:25:00 +0000 166511 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A trap for the European grapevine moth, complete with a pheromone attractant, hangs in a Pinot Noir vineyard in the Napa Valley.</p> California grape industry closer to EGVM eradication http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-grape-industry-closer-egvm-eradication <div class="field-deck"> Napa program is a success story in ridding region of invasive pest </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Napa and Sonoma counties were once ground-zero for the European grapevine moth. Their scientific approach to ridding the region of a dangerous invasive pest could allow them to apply for eradication by September, 2016 if no more moths are trapped in the region.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-grape-industry-closer-egvm-eradication" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-grape-industry-closer-egvm-eradication#comments Grapes Grapes Tue, 19 Apr 2016 15:47:00 +0000 166501 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Napa Valley wine grape grower Ron WIcker lost his entire crop of about 60 tons of Chardonnay grapes in 2009 after the European grapevine moth became established in his vineyard. A pest exclusion program rid the region of the moth, which has not been seen in Napa County since 2013.</p> Rabies confirmed in horse from Arizona’s Santa Cruz County http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rabies-confirmed-horse-arizona-s-santa-cruz-county <div class="field-byline"> Arizona Department of Agriculture </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) confirmed April 18 that a domestic horse owned in the Nogales area tested positive for rabies. The horse was hospitalized but did not respond to treatment and was later euthanized.</p> <p>&ldquo;While rabies among domestic animals is extremely rare with this being the first case in almost 7 years, we are reminded of the importance of keeping our animals&rsquo; vaccinations current,&rdquo; said Dr. Susan Gale, acting state veterinarian.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rabies-confirmed-horse-arizona-s-santa-cruz-county" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rabies-confirmed-horse-arizona-s-santa-cruz-county#comments Miscellaneous Horse Tue, 19 Apr 2016 14:27:00 +0000 166531 at http://westernfarmpress.com La Paz County Alfalfa Meeting, April 27, Parker http://westernfarmpress.com/la-paz-county-alfalfa-meeting-april-27-parker <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">Elk&#039;s Lodge</span> <div class="street-address"> 714 S. Laguna </div> <span class="locality">Parker</span>, <span class="region">AZ</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.151585">34° 9' 5.706" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-114.294556">114° 17' 40.4016" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.151585+-114.294556+%28714+S.+Laguna%2C+Parker%2C+AZ%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Growers, pest control advisers, consultants,&nbsp;and others in the alfalfa industry are invited to the La Paz County&nbsp;Alfalfa Meeting on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Elk&rsquo;s Club, 714 S. Laguna Ave. in Parker, Ariz.</p> <p>Agenda:</p> <p>7:30a.m. - Registration</p> <p>8:00 a.m. - Irrigation Management Strategies - Mike Ottman, University of Arizona (UA)</p> <p>8:30 a.m. - Drip Irrigation - Pat Fernandes, Netafim</p> <p>9:00 a.m. - Climate Update - Paul Brown, UA</p> <p>9:30 a.m. - Breeding for Salt Tolerance &amp; Low Lignin - Don Miller, Alforex Seeds</p> <p>10:00 a.m. - Plant Growth Regulators - Adonis Alambam, UA La Paz County Extension</p> <p>10:30a.m. - Insect Pest Management - Ayman Mustafa, UA Maricopa County Extension</p> <p>11:00 a.m. - Weed Management - Barry Tickes, CRIT/La Paz County Extension</p> <p>12:00 p.m. &ndash; Lunch, sponsored by BASF&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, contact Teresa Tozer at (928) 669-9843&nbsp;and&nbsp;ttozer@email.arizona.edu.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/la-paz-county-alfalfa-meeting-april-27-parker#comments 34.151585 -114.294556 Mon, 18 Apr 2016 23:07:00 +0000 166521 at http://westernfarmpress.com Activists profit well by peddling fear http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/activists-profit-well-peddling-fear <div class="node-body blog-body">Environmental activist groups profit well by selling fear because it's easy to sell, requires little logical forethought and because we allow it.</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/activists-profit-well-peddling-fear" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/activists-profit-well-peddling-fear#comments Miscellaneous Groups & Organizations Farm Press Blog Mon, 18 Apr 2016 15:34:00 +0000 166491 at http://westernfarmpress.com Walnut research trials planted at Lindcove REC http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/walnut-research-trials-planted-lindcove-rec <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new walnut block featuring two research trials has been planted at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) at Exeter, Calif., according to Elizabeth Fichtner, local University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County.</p> <p>On April 11, 2016, Fichtner established a rootstock observation trial and a study to screen biological and biorational compounds to help protect walnut rootstocks from soilborne pathogens.&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/walnut-research-trials-planted-lindcove-rec" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/walnut-research-trials-planted-lindcove-rec#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Citrus Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Thu, 14 Apr 2016 21:11:00 +0000 166481 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Planting walnut trees in a UCCE&nbsp;research plot&nbsp;at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center in Exeter, Calif.&nbsp;</p> Photo by Therese Kapaun'.