Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en UC releases cost-return studies on alfalfa, wine grapes, corn http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-cost-return-studies-alfalfa-wine-grapes-corn <div class="node-body article-body">The alfalfa study outlines the costs and returns for producing alfalfa under flood irrigation in the Sacramento and northern San Joaquin valleys. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-cost-return-studies-alfalfa-wine-grapes-corn" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/uc-releases-cost-return-studies-alfalfa-wine-grapes-corn#comments Alfalfa Corn Grapes Hay Fri, 22 May 2015 21:19:00 +0000 158821 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sustainable-Organic Production Workshop, July 9, Oxnard http://westernfarmpress.com/sustainable-organic-production-workshop-july-9-oxnard <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">Residence Inn by Marriott at River Edge</span> <div class="street-address"> 2101 W. Vineyard </div> <span class="locality">Oxnard</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <span class="postal-code">92250</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="34.230278">34° 13' 49.0008" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-119.198852">119° 11' 55.8672" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=34.230278+-119.198852+%282101+W.+Vineyard%2C+Oxnard%2C+CA%2C+92250%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p><strong>What: </strong>Sustainable/Organic Production on the Coast</p> <p>The all-day seminar will focus on sustainable and organic production of local crops.</p> <p>Topics will include an update by the Ventura County Ag Commissioner, soil health, IPM, nutrition and plant health, micronutrients and disease control, insect control, biochar use, mycorrhizal inoculants, and biostimulant use.</p> <p>A panel of local growers will discuss challenges of fertility and pest control in sustainable and organic systems.</p> <p>Exhibits will include firms providing products acceptable for sustainable and certified organic production.</p> <p>CEUs are offered for Certified Crop Advisers (6.0 hours) and licensed Department of Pesticide professionals (6.0 hours).</p> <p><strong>Who: </strong>Presented by the California Association of Pest Control Advisers, Ventura County Chapter California Association of Pest Control Advisers, and the Organic Fertilizer Association of California.</p> <p><strong>When: </strong>July 9, 2015 from 8 a.m. - 3:10 pm.</p> <p><strong>Where: </strong>Residence Inn by Marriott at River Edge, 2101 W. Vineyard, Oxnard, CA</p> <p><strong>Info: </strong>Steven Beckley, (916) 539-4107, <a href="mailto:sbeckley@aol.com" target="_blank">sbeckley@aol.com</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Online program-registration is available at <a href="https://capcaed.com/july-9,-2015-oxnard-sustainable/organic-production-on-the-coast" target="_blank">https://capcaed.com/july-9,-2015-oxnard-sustainable/organic-production-on-the-coast</a>.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/sustainable-organic-production-workshop-july-9-oxnard#comments 34.230278 -119.198852 Fri, 22 May 2015 18:15:00 +0000 158801 at http://westernfarmpress.com National Rice Month scholarships expanded http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/national-rice-month-scholarships-expanded <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dow AgroSciences announced an expansion of the USA Rice Federation National Rice Month Scholarship Program from students in U.S.- rice producing counties to students in all U.S. rice-producing states.</p> <p>High school graduates in the 2015-16 school year can apply for scholarships totaling $8,500.</p> <p>To apply, students must create a promotional program that highlights U.S.-grown rice for National Rice Month in September. Applicants can submit a synopsis of their promotion in a variety of ways, including in video format, which will be accepted this year for the first time.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/national-rice-month-scholarships-expanded" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/rice/national-rice-month-scholarships-expanded#comments Rice Thu, 21 May 2015 14:45:00 +0000 158751 at http://westernfarmpress.com Cultural practices key to karnal bunt control http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/cultural-practices-key-karnal-bunt-control <div class="field-byline"> Mike Ottman, University of Arizona Extension agronomist </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Karnal bunt is a disease of wheat, durum, and triticale caused by the fungal pathogen <em>Tilletia indica Mitra</em>. Karnal bunt was first reported in India in 1931, and later in Pakistan, Mexico, the U.S., Iran, and South Africa. The disease has been reported in Nepal and Brazil in isolated areas.</p> <p><strong>Environmental requirements</strong></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/cultural-practices-key-karnal-bunt-control" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/cultural-practices-key-karnal-bunt-control#comments Miscellaneous Wheat Wed, 20 May 2015 22:01:00 +0000 158761 at http://westernfarmpress.com Grape’s three-legged stool - water, Pierce’s disease, U.S. dollar http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-s-three-legged-stool-water-pierce-s-disease-us-dollar <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The need for partnerships to meet water needs as California moves into the fourth year of a drought, the June 10 deadline for voting to sustain support for the fight against Pierce&rsquo;s disease, and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and its impact on wine exports and imports were among topics discussed at a workshop in Parlier, Calif.</p> <p>The program was presented by the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-s-three-legged-stool-water-pierce-s-disease-us-dollar" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/grape-s-three-legged-stool-water-pierce-s-disease-us-dollar#comments Grapes Drought Wed, 20 May 2015 20:58:00 +0000 158741 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sarge Green, left, of the California Water Institute at Fresno State University, chats with Jeff Bitter of Allied Grape Growers during a grape 'tailgate' workshop. Apply for $1,200 garden grant for your California campus http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/apply-1200-garden-grant-your-california-campus <div class="field-byline"> Richard Cornett, director of communications, Western Plant Health Association </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This school garden program is really valuable in enlightening new generations of students with a real-life model concerning the importance of proper plant nutritional inputs, and how these healthy crops then get from field to fork. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/apply-1200-garden-grant-your-california-campus" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/apply-1200-garden-grant-your-california-campus#comments Vegetables Wed, 20 May 2015 17:38:00 +0000 158731 at http://westernfarmpress.com CFF Program Director Mary Junqueiro is pictured with happy kids during a garden grant ceremony at Pinewood Elementary School in Pollock Pines, Calif. UC report: Dairy still the cream of California crops http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/uc-report-dairy-still-cream-california-crops <div class="node-body blog-body">California dairy industry pumps more than $21 billion through state's economy in value-added products.</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/uc-report-dairy-still-cream-california-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/uc-report-dairy-still-cream-california-crops#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 May 2015 22:47:00 +0000 158721 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Sales of California dairy products in 2014 totaled about $65 billion. From this&nbsp;figure, $21 billion was pumped through the state&#39;s economy in value-added products.</p> Hunger solutions, food quality rooted in crop biotechnology http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/hunger-solutions-food-quality-rooted-crop-biotechnology <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>A finding from a 2014 survey conducted by the Center for Food Integrity (CFI) suggests that 75 percent of consumers do not believe U.S. agriculture has a responsibility to grow food to feed&nbsp;people in other countries.</p> <p>The CFI&nbsp;survey of &lsquo;Mom&rsquo;s, Millennials, and Foodies&rsquo; suggests that the availability of a healthy, affordable food supply is more important.&nbsp;</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/hunger-solutions-food-quality-rooted-crop-biotechnology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/hunger-solutions-food-quality-rooted-crop-biotechnology#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Tue, 19 May 2015 22:27:00 +0000 158711 at http://westernfarmpress.com 2015 Kern County Potato Variety Trial Field Day, June 10, Bakersfield http://westernfarmpress.com/2015-kern-county-potato-variety-trial-field-day-june-10-bakersfield <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">Hart Memorial Park</span> <span class="locality">Bakersfield</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <span class="postal-code">92250</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="35.373292">35° 22' 23.8512" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-119.018713">119° 1' 7.3668" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=35.373292+-119.018713+%28%2C+Bakersfield%2C+CA%2C+92250%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) and California Potato Research Advisory Board (CPRAB) will hold the 2015 Kern County Potato Variety Trial Field Day June 10 in Bakersfield, Calif.</p> <p>The field day is an opportunity to see tubers of potential new varieties, how they performed this year, and how they performed compared to standard varieties.</p> <p>Entries include varieties from numerous USDA, state, and private breeding programs.</p> <p>This year&rsquo;s entries include Russets, chippers, reds, and yellows, and specialty types. Tubers will be shown as how they look straight from the field after washing.</p> <p>This is an opportunity to share your thoughts about these varieties to university researchers, breeders, seed growers, and fellow growers.</p> <p>The 10 a.m. &ndash; 1 p.m. event will be held at Hart Memorial Park located eight miles northeast of downtown Bakersfield via Hwy 178 and the Alfred Harrell Highway. The workshop will be held in the shade near the bank of the Kern River - east end of the park in Section 2, just off Alfred Harrell Highway.</p> <p>For more information, contact Joe Nunez, UCCE Kern County at (661) 868-6222, or Nathan Sano, CPRAB, at (559) 591-0436.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/2015-kern-county-potato-variety-trial-field-day-june-10-bakersfield#comments 35.373292 -119.018713 Tue, 19 May 2015 18:29:00 +0000 158691 at http://westernfarmpress.com Guest commentary: Drought - 'California Delta Fresh Water Assurance Barrier' http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/guest-commentary-drought-california-delta-fresh-water-assurance-barrier <div class="field-byline"> By John Anderson, retired mechanical engineer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Guest commentary</em></p> <p>I live on the Delta and am a retired mechanical engineer and hold a Master&rsquo;s degree in business administration. I have an idea on California&rsquo;s water situation that I believe merits serious review. I call it <em>The California Delta Fresh Water Assurance Barrier</em> plan<em>.</em></p> <p>This idea is not new as similar proposals go back more than 100 years. However, California was a dramatically different place then.&nbsp;I believe the idea&rsquo;s time has now come.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/guest-commentary-drought-california-delta-fresh-water-assurance-barrier" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/guest-commentary-drought-california-delta-fresh-water-assurance-barrier#comments Miscellaneous Drought Tue, 19 May 2015 18:03:00 +0000 158681 at http://westernfarmpress.com Limited hail damage reported in California grapes http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/limited-hail-damage-reported-california-grapes <div class="node-body gallery-body">Isolated hail storms damage some California grape vines</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/limited-hail-damage-reported-california-grapes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/limited-hail-damage-reported-california-grapes#comments Grapes Hail Tue, 19 May 2015 16:55:00 +0000 158671 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Hail-damaged grape leaves from a May 7 storm in Central California. Hail was reported from Lodi to Madera in the San Joaquin Valley. <em>Photo by Lindsay Jordan, University of California.</em></p> Arizona, New Mexico in El Niño's wet path this year? http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/arizona-new-mexico-el-ni-os-wet-path-year <div class="field-deck"> El Niño could deliver wetter California winter </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Don&rsquo;t get out the umbrellas just yet. University of Arizona agricultural meteorologist Paul Brown is suspicious of wet weather forecasts as are many of you.</p> <p>&ldquo;For many years, I have not trusted climate models, yet over the last 3-4 years they&rsquo;ve done a pretty good job correctly predicting wet weather biases in the Southwest, including wet summer monsoon patterns,&rdquo; Brown says.</p> <p>The National Weather Service reports an El Ni&ntilde;o wet weather pattern is finally in place &ndash; about six months later than expected.</p> <p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/arizona-new-mexico-el-ni-os-wet-path-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/arizona-new-mexico-el-ni-os-wet-path-year#comments Miscellaneous Drought El Nino Mon, 18 May 2015 20:57:00 +0000 158641 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Wetter, El Nino-based weather could occur in the Southwest this year, including Arizona, New Mexico, and parts of Nevada.</p> Little crop damage from California spring storms http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/little-crop-damage-california-spring-storms <div class="node-body article-body">Hail pounds San Joaquin Valley crops</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/little-crop-damage-california-spring-storms" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/little-crop-damage-california-spring-storms#comments Miscellaneous Hail Mon, 18 May 2015 20:56:00 +0000 158631 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A springtime thunderstorm barrels across the San Joaquin Valley, delivering rain and some&nbsp;hail to Kings and Tulare counties.</p> 10 must-read western drought stories - May 20 http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/10-must-read-western-drought-stories-may-20 <div class="node-body article-body">What others are saying about the California drought</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/10-must-read-western-drought-stories-may-20" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/10-must-read-western-drought-stories-may-20#comments Irrigation Drought Mon, 18 May 2015 20:28:00 +0000 158621 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Spring thundershowers wet the ground in Central California. Though the rain is welcome the water is sporadic and not enough to make up for four years of drought.</p> 2015 Desert Ag Conference huge hit with farming crowd http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/2015-desert-ag-conference-huge-hit-farming-crowd <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>About 230 pest control advisers, growers, and other agricultural industry members gathered May 6-7 for the 2015 Desert Ag Conference held in Chandler, Ariz.</p> <p>The crowd heard the latest information on about 20 agricultural issues and topics including pests in alfalfa, bee health, new leadership at&nbsp;the Arizona Department of Agriculture,&nbsp;the agricultural weather forecast, insect vector management, precision phosphate applications, cotton pest management, and more.</p> <p>Enjoy these snapshots at this key Arizona agricultural event.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/2015-desert-ag-conference-huge-hit-farming-crowd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/2015-desert-ag-conference-huge-hit-farming-crowd#comments Miscellaneous Pesticides Mon, 18 May 2015 00:07:00 +0000 158601 at http://westernfarmpress.com Why alfalfa is the best crop during a drought http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/why-alfalfa-best-crop-during-drought <div class="field-byline"> By Dan Putnam, University of California alfalfa-forage specialist, and California Alfalfa &amp; Forage Association board member </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>California&rsquo;s drought has brought much public attention to the amount of water used in agriculture, and particularly which crops use the most water. Although almonds have taken the hit lately, alfalfa is often one of the favorite whipping boys of agricultural critics due to its high water use on a state-wide basis.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/why-alfalfa-best-crop-during-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/why-alfalfa-best-crop-during-drought#comments Alfalfa Almonds Sat, 16 May 2015 00:27:00 +0000 158591 at http://westernfarmpress.com Botrytis bunch rot calls for a combination of control measures http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/botrytis-bunch-rot-calls-combination-control-measures <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Botrytis bunch rot can appear early in the season as shoot blight following frequent spring rains. Flowers can become infected with the pathogen, Botrytis cinerea, during bloom. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/botrytis-bunch-rot-calls-combination-control-measures" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/botrytis-bunch-rot-calls-combination-control-measures#comments Grapes Fri, 15 May 2015 14:46:00 +0000 158581 at http://westernfarmpress.com Following bloom, water for irrigation remains a big concern for raisin grape growers http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-bloom-water-irrigation-remains-big-concern-raisin-grape-growers <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">By the first week of May, most of the Thompson seedless raisin vineyards in the Fresno, Calif., area were in full bloom, says Jerry Rebensdorf, president of the Fresno Cooperative Raisin Growers, Inc. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-bloom-water-irrigation-remains-big-concern-raisin-grape-growers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-bloom-water-irrigation-remains-big-concern-raisin-grape-growers#comments Grapes Fri, 15 May 2015 14:02:00 +0000 158571 at http://westernfarmpress.com Following an unusual start Santa Cruz vines settle in for a more normal pace of development http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-unusual-start-santa-cruz-vines-settle-more-normal-pace-development <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The 2015 season has started out as another exciting one for viticulture consultant Prudy Foxx, a PCA who works with growers in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-unusual-start-santa-cruz-vines-settle-more-normal-pace-development" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/following-unusual-start-santa-cruz-vines-settle-more-normal-pace-development#comments Grapes Fri, 15 May 2015 13:54:00 +0000 158551 at http://westernfarmpress.com Is Sacramento short-sighted over sustainable water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California still focused on short-term fixes to long-term water problems</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/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/sacramento-short-sighted-over-sustainable-water#comments Government Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 15 May 2015 00:25:00 +0000 158531 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The capitol building in Sacramento, Calif.</p> Amber waves of university grain draws large crowd http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/amber-waves-university-grain-draws-large-crowd <div class="node-body gallery-body">Small grains field day draws large crowd to UC Davis research farm</div> <div class="field-interstitial-ads-frequency"> <span>Interstitial Ads Frequency:&nbsp;</span> -1 </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/amber-waves-university-grain-draws-large-crowd" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/amber-waves-university-grain-draws-large-crowd#comments Miscellaneous Cereal Grains Thu, 14 May 2015 19:28:00 +0000 158521 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span>University wheat experts, from left, Jorge&nbsp;</span>Dubcovsky<span>, UC Davis wheat breeder; Lee Jackson, emeritus small grains specialist; and, Mark&nbsp;</span>Lundy<span>, small grains advisor in Yuba, Sutter and&nbsp;</span>Colusa<span>&nbsp;counties. Effective Oct. 1,&nbsp;</span>Lundy<span>&nbsp;will be the new statewide small grains advisor at UC Davis.</span></p> DPR: Overall Ag pesticide use up in California http://westernfarmpress.com/government/dpr-overall-ag-pesticide-use-california <div class="field-deck"> Fumigant, carcinogen use decreases </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pesticide use is up in California though use of fumigants, carcinogens falls</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/dpr-overall-ag-pesticide-use-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/dpr-overall-ag-pesticide-use-california#comments Government Pesticides Thu, 14 May 2015 17:04:00 +0000 158511 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Overall pesticide use by California agriculture rose 3.7 percent in 2013, according to DPR.</p> Job options ripe for agricultural graduates http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/job-options-ripe-agricultural-graduates <div class="node-body blog-body">Report suggests job opportunities for agriculture, science, technology, engineering and mathematics continue to remain positive.</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/job-options-ripe-agricultural-graduates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/job-options-ripe-agricultural-graduates#comments Miscellaneous Business Farm Press Blog Wed, 13 May 2015 20:30:00 +0000 158501 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Career opportunities for students of agriculture and STEM curriculum look to be good, according to a recent report.</p> Top 5 California drought stories - May 15 http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/top-5-california-drought-stories-may-15 <div class="node-body article-body">What Western Farm Press and others are saying about the California drought.</div> <div class="field-content-focus"> <span>Content Classification:&nbsp;</span> Curated </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/top-5-california-drought-stories-may-15" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/top-5-california-drought-stories-may-15#comments Miscellaneous Drought Wed, 13 May 2015 17:30:00 +0000 158491 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The upper end of Lake McClure goes dry in early 2015.</p> Specialty Crops - Risk Management Production Workshop, June 16, Escondido http://westernfarmpress.com/specialty-crops-risk-management-production-workshop-june-16-escondido <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">San Diego County Farm Bureau</span> <div class="street-address"> 1670 East Valley Parkway </div> <span class="locality">Escondido</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.135398">33° 8' 7.4328" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-117.058321">117° 3' 29.9556" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.135398+-117.058321+%281670+East+Valley+Parkway%2C+Escondido%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A workshop on specialty crops and risk management tools for producers will be held June 16 in Escondido, Calif. at the San Diego County Farm Bureau office at 1670 East Valley Parkway.</p> <p><strong>Tentative agenda</strong>:</p> <p>7 a.m. &ndash; Registration, continental breakfast</p> <p>7:50 &ndash; Welcome and overview - Ramiro Lobo, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE)&nbsp;San Diego County</p> <p>8:00 - San Diego County water, exotic pests, and regulatory update - Eric Larson, San Diego County Farm Bureau</p> <p>8:30 - Pitahaya or dragon fruit - Ramiro Lobo, UCCE San Diego County</p> <p>9:00 - Olives and olive oil - Thom Curry, Temecula Olive Oil Company</p> <p>9:40 - Break</p> <p>10:00 - Wine grapes - Alex McGeary, Shadow Mountain Vineyards&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>10:40 - Blueberries - Manuel Jimenez, UCCE Tulare County</p> <p>11:20 - Blackberries - Oleg Daugovish, UCCE Ventura County</p> <p>12:00 - Lunch (included with registration)</p> <p>1:00 - Cherimoyas and other minor crops - Gary Bender, UCCE San Diego</p> <p>1:30 - Water use and irrigation efficiency - Jose Fernandez de Soto, UC Hansen REC</p> <p>2:00 - Fertility management for specialty crops - Jose Gomez, AGQ Labs</p> <p>2:30 - Risk management tools, strategies for specialty crops - Jay Parsons, University of Nebraska</p> <p>3:00 - Break</p> <p>3:15 - The Enterprise Risk Analyzer &ndash; Comparing, selecting crop alternatives - John Hewlett, University of Wyoming</p> <p>4:30 - Workshop evaluation, future programs, adjourn - Ramiro Lobo</p> <p>The workshop cost is $40 if paid online or postmarked by June 8, 2015, and $50 thereafter or at the door.</p> <p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001P6nnOfu3LTyabRi0j_A10VFdtY71teFQjA5iirBG-Ii58mz7QEytrQOsOgsPfAfZLbbZuZ5TFAIqesSEM1RMpfHTBCV16Iinm4-JOvzLpZe-0dL-bxaPqb4oGkszD3mnbW03OcDT_HF4ql1j9PnEFH2F-CiSSMf4l7jboAnzJrbsU9tIeyTLMI66Pssq6ZHW&amp;c=PCb5acXoIPTNX1-KkikIeexD2KleZdloQdOSL1B05Co6ct0RdyDnNw==&amp;ch=0Wl7Mf80mahQJhrQ4-yN1gz49_1X-8OxpTOchqVcsQtqROSpdGhXtQ==" target="_blank">Register online</a> or by mail using the mail in registration form and following instructions provided on the form.</p> <p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001P6nnOfu3LTyabRi0j_A10VFdtY71teFQjA5iirBG-Ii58mz7QEytrQOsOgsPfAfZtp7jybsV_yOIs5n7X7pdVdWSCg9YGAgBMh7ZvKaWJZ4dTxOCx_Xfbk0hhGvXZCv8cIDlU72MhA4HMlu8Jj0gGp70-QXMVb-IWZljUD1QHL4QxJwYxxkd-fJCiLfv1WDXZWe0wbL3w65eIDcQ1v9BhMJp8FAgUITwRYQGlZg9E3Tezx9b0dkWBQ==&amp;c=PCb5acXoIPTNX1-KkikIeexD2KleZdloQdOSL1B05Co6ct0RdyDnNw==&amp;ch=0Wl7Mf80mahQJhrQ4-yN1gz49_1X-8OxpTOchqVcsQtqROSpdGhXtQ==" target="_blank">Click here to print registration form</a></p> <p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001P6nnOfu3LTyabRi0j_A10VFdtY71teFQjA5iirBG-Ii58mz7QEytrQOsOgsPfAfZatIDMhwtNf0lrmll3cUGyQKvYPSOftryNukekhDz5NQdUWQyCpX38nFqyJy_pBJiChOJj5oFiG4IOX8ADaSVPxp39WxAmBqrK4QVXgX93UJUpJaD1EwR1GMd4JZCVOpBUR0uNAN7_re7toh_QST9cGuA4BHuDFFBg5IFiY0JqxEfQoTYidA67w==&amp;c=PCb5acXoIPTNX1-KkikIeexD2KleZdloQdOSL1B05Co6ct0RdyDnNw==&amp;ch=0Wl7Mf80mahQJhrQ4-yN1gz49_1X-8OxpTOchqVcsQtqROSpdGhXtQ==" target="_blank">Click here to print Agenda</a>&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information, call (858) 822-771.<br /> &nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/specialty-crops-risk-management-production-workshop-june-16-escondido#comments 33.135398 -117.058321 Tue, 12 May 2015 23:12:00 +0000 158481 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agren updates ‘SoilCalculator’ to better estimate erosion, cost http://westernfarmpress.com/management/agren-updates-soilcalculator-better-estimate-erosion-cost <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MynXEvCHS3uHap6OUmxhiRP2VLj4TpOU4UTcPCOIilffu2xemeq7Vd7Gsmqpk-ZNlh16t19HaxujWpYzT-ZZn9zSlDAnFhqSoB0aTW6hnQPb_FfcvMqkmDS4pIn_5xUZKxSsoXk3zQ2NM1371e8M-XZ8k6TXsOF_bFMvhTf7T4w=&amp;c=-GtJTqraJ__uxv8Q8I7Yk2h1Zru_hoTsUl6-oHkpo4CrR9grn3cVow==&amp;ch=24ixPf63lrlKTQ4Iz__K1ptXaRvDVJPfdZmFSU55u5wXvn849DVIHQ==" target="_blank">Agren, Inc.</a>&nbsp;has released a new version of its <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MynXEvCHS3uHap6OUmxhiRP2VLj4TpOU4UTcPCOIilffu2xemeq7Vd7Gsmqpk-ZNaDrLrR1WhMgPfBl9kPOlV1Mb8sGquOWVNiy1gV6vk_0vBfbtndyHsf5crhJCwwjnqK7lKbJniCvGq6ial</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/management/agren-updates-soilcalculator-better-estimate-erosion-cost" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/management/agren-updates-soilcalculator-better-estimate-erosion-cost#comments Management Tue, 12 May 2015 20:23:00 +0000 158471 at http://westernfarmpress.com New Technologies for Arizona Field Crops Workshop, June 3, Maricopa, Ariz. http://westernfarmpress.com/new-technologies-arizona-field-crops-workshop-june-3-maricopa-ariz <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">Maricopa Agricultural Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 37860 W. Smith Enke Rd. </div> <span class="locality">Maricopa</span>, <span class="region">AZ</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.072730">33° 4' 21.828" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-111.974335">111° 58' 27.606" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.072730+-111.974335+%2837860+W.+Smith+Enke+Rd.%2C+Maricopa%2C+AZ%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A second workshop on New Technologies for Arizona Field Crops will be held June 3 form 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Maricopa, Ariz.</p> <p>The workshop will include presentations on new apps, plant protection practices and chemistries, water and weather technologies, and new management practices in field crops in Arizona.</p> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p>8 a.m. - Registration</p> <p>8:30 - Pedro Andrade, University of Arizona (UA) - Implementation of Variable-rate Technology in Low Desert Agriculture&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>9:00 - Bill McCloskey, UA - Dicamba Weed Control in Cotton?&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>9:30 - Randy Norton, UA - Utilizing new Technology for the Control of Cotton Root Rot in Arizona Cotton Production Systems</p> <p>10:00 - Mike Ottman, UA - New Developments in Alfalfa Fertilizer Research</p> <p>10:30 - Paul Brown, UA - Hay Moisture &amp; Weather: Implications for Hay Harvest&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>11:00 - Ayman Mostafa, UA - Management of Alfalfa Hoppers in the Low Desert&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>11:30 - Peter Ellsworth, UA - Landscape Resistance Management: New Tools for Managing Whiteflies&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>12:00 - Lunch and Discussion on Pest and Crop Management Practices</p> <p>1:00 - Bob Hutmacher, University of California, Davis - Deep Placement of Drip Line: Impacts on Alfalfa Yield, Salinity Profiles, System Performance in Heavy Clay Soil&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1:20 - Roger Baldwin, UCD - Utilizing IPM to Manage Pocket Gophers in Subsurface Drip Irrigated Alfalfa&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>1:40 - Pat Fernandes, Netafim USA - New Technologies in Drip Irrigation</p> <p>2:00 - Panel Discussion on Drip Irrigation of Alfalfa</p> <p>The workshop will be held at the Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith&nbsp;<span data-scayt-word="Enke">Enke</span>&nbsp;Rd., Maricopa, Ariz.</p> <p>The meeting is open to growers,&nbsp;<span data-scayt-word="PCAs">pest control advisers</span>, agricultural industry representatives, and others interested in field crop production in Arizona.</p> <p>Please RSVP for the head count for lunch.</p> <p>Contact&nbsp;Ayman&nbsp;Mostafa&nbsp;at (602) 827-8213 and&nbsp;<u><a href="mailto:ayman@cals.arizona.edu">ayman</a></u><u><a href="mailto:ayman@cals.arizona.edu">@cals.arizona.edu</a></u>.<span class="rangySelectionBoundary" id="selectionBoundary_1432237872496_3299116538837552" style="line-height: 0; display: none;"></span></p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/new-technologies-arizona-field-crops-workshop-june-3-maricopa-ariz#comments 33.072730 -111.974335 Tue, 12 May 2015 18:32:00 +0000 158461 at http://westernfarmpress.com CDFA introduces 'pollinator protection' web page http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/cdfa-introduces-pollinator-protection-web-page <div class="node-body article-body"><p>As the health of European honey bees and other pollinators continues to be a top priority for scientists around the country, the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) has introduced a&nbsp;<a href="http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pollinators/index.html">Pollinator Protection</a>&nbsp;web page as a resource for Californians and others interested in the issue.</p> <p>The web page features links to programs detailing CDFA&rsquo;s commitment to protecting pollinators in the course of its work controlling and eradicating invasive species.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/cdfa-introduces-pollinator-protection-web-page" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/cdfa-introduces-pollinator-protection-web-page#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 12 May 2015 18:10:00 +0000 158451 at http://westernfarmpress.com New Arizona farm chief talks budget, water, GMOs http://westernfarmpress.com/government/new-arizona-farm-chief-talks-budget-water-gmos <div class="field-deck"> Ariz. Department of Agriculture Director Mark Killian </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mark Killian, tapped in April as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), is quickly finding a new home with his rural constituents on the issues and challenges which lay ahead for the Grand Canyon State&rsquo;s $17 billion farming industry.</p> <p>The Killian family has deep Arizona farming roots with more than a century in production agriculture.</p> <p>&ldquo;Agriculture has been a part of my life &ndash; I love it,&rdquo; said Killian, who grows cotton, wheat, and alfalfa and raises beef on about 1,700 acres in the state.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/new-arizona-farm-chief-talks-budget-water-gmos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/new-arizona-farm-chief-talks-budget-water-gmos#comments Government Drought Alfalfa Cotton Livestock Wheat Tue, 12 May 2015 15:56:00 +0000 158441 at http://westernfarmpress.com Mark Killian, right, Arizona Department of Agriculture director, visits with Tom Turner of The Catalyst Product Group following the director’s presentation at the 2015 Desert Ag Conference in Chandler, Ariz. Agrian feature follows SJV non-fumigant VOC regulation http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/agrian-feature-follows-sjv-non-fumigant-voc-regulation <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Agrian has developed a feature in recommendation writing program which will support the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) requirement to restrict the time of year products designated as non-fumigant high volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can be applied.</p> <p>Agrian users able to use the feature include those in the San Joaquin Valley counties of San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, and Tulare, and the valley floor areas of Kern County.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/agrian-feature-follows-sjv-non-fumigant-voc-regulation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/agrian-feature-follows-sjv-non-fumigant-voc-regulation#comments Tree Nuts Alfalfa Citrus Cotton Grapes Pesticides Pistachios Walnuts Mon, 11 May 2015 14:24:00 +0000 158431 at http://westernfarmpress.com