Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en Stage set for World Ag Expo, Feb. 10-12, Tulare, Calif. http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/stage-set-world-ag-expo-feb-10-12-tulare-calif <div class="field-deck"> New events offer producers more options </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The stage is set for the 2015 World Ag Expo - Feb. 10-12 - at the International Agri-Center show grounds in Tulare, Calif. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/stage-set-world-ag-expo-feb-10-12-tulare-calif" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/stage-set-world-ag-expo-feb-10-12-tulare-calif#comments Equipment Fri, 30 Jan 2015 06:00:00 +0000 154971 at http://westernfarmpress.com Higher yields, threat management key pistachio issues http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/higher-yields-threat-management-key-pistachio-issues <div class="node-body article-body">The nearly 514 million pounds of California pistachios harvested last year was the third highest total ever - exceeding estimates from the low 400 million pound range to about 500 million. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/higher-yields-threat-management-key-pistachio-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/higher-yields-threat-management-key-pistachio-issues#comments Orchard Crops Pistachios Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:52:00 +0000 155761 at http://westernfarmpress.com Discussing pistachio issues are Jeff Gibbons, left, grower relations manager with Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella Inc., and Bob Klein, manager of the California Pistachio Research Board. Newspapers challenge California to see need for water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water <div class="node-body blog-body">Newspaper editorials begin to challenge public thought on how water is currently used in California</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/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/newspapers-challenge-california-see-need-water#comments Irrigation Regulations Farm Press Blog Mon, 26 Jan 2015 23:49:00 +0000 155751 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Irrigation water in a California canal</p> Growers launch energy beet demonstration plant http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/growers-launch-energy-beet-demonstration-plant <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The processing of energy beets into ethanol is under way in Five Points, Calif. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/growers-launch-energy-beet-demonstration-plant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/growers-launch-energy-beet-demonstration-plant#comments Miscellaneous Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:58:00 +0000 155741 at http://westernfarmpress.com Harvested energy beets on the way for processing at the Mendota Bioenergy facility near Five Points, Calif. Cheminova's Cercobin fungicide has CA-AZ approval http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/cheminovas-cercobin-fungicide-has-ca-az-approval <div class="node-body article-body">Cercobin fungicide receives California DPR approval</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/cheminovas-cercobin-fungicide-has-ca-az-approval" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/cheminovas-cercobin-fungicide-has-ca-az-approval#comments Miscellaneous Fungicides Fri, 23 Jan 2015 22:12:00 +0000 155731 at http://westernfarmpress.com Coyotes a human, fiscal danger in grape vineyards http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/coyotes-human-fiscal-danger-grape-vineyards <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ranchers are not the only folks who should be wary of coyotes. Grape growers make the list as well.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/coyotes-human-fiscal-danger-grape-vineyards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/coyotes-human-fiscal-danger-grape-vineyards#comments Orchard Crops Grapes Pests Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:43:00 +0000 155721 at http://westernfarmpress.com Coyote den in a vineyard. Photo courtesy of the Fresno County Department of Agriculture. World Ag Expo smartphone app ready for download http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/world-ag-expo-smartphone-app-ready-download <div class="node-body article-body">Just type in the phrase ‘2015 World Ag Expo’ in your Smartphone app store, download the program, and you’ll have the best technology at your fingertips to help create a more successful World Expo experience.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/world-ag-expo-smartphone-app-ready-download" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/world-ag-expo-smartphone-app-ready-download#comments Equipment World Ag Expo Fri, 23 Jan 2015 15:03:00 +0000 155711 at http://westernfarmpress.com Growing pistachios at Pioneer Nursery http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/growing-pistachios-pioneer-nursery <div class="node-body gallery-body">Pioneer Nursery knows pistachios</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/growing-pistachios-pioneer-nursery" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/growing-pistachios-pioneer-nursery#comments Tree Nuts Pistachios Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:08:00 +0000 155691 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Pistachio industry pioneers Corky Anderson, left, and Ken Puryear are partners in Pioneer nursery, a producer of pistachio rootstock in Kern County, Calif.</p> Ted Sheely sees continued growth in pistachios http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ted-sheely-sees-continued-growth-pistachios <div class="field-deck"> Horizon Nut 'gets crackin' on new processing plant in Central California </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Horizon Nut group builds on continued success of pistachio industry</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ted-sheely-sees-continued-growth-pistachios" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/ted-sheely-sees-continued-growth-pistachios#comments Tree Nuts Pistachios Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:54:00 +0000 155681 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Horizon Nut Company President Ted Sheely says the first loads of the 2015 SJV pistachio harvest could happen in this receiving pit at the company&#39;s new processing facility in western Fresno County.</p> Ag at Large: Trapping insects with their favorite odors http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-trapping-insects-their-favorite-odors <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee, Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA researchers have isolated four different chemicals from wine and vinegar that attract spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit flies which attack fruit. The aroma-producing chemicals have been combined with a pesticide lethal to the flies.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-trapping-insects-their-favorite-odors" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-trapping-insects-their-favorite-odors#comments Orchard Crops Foliar insects Grapes Vegetables Walnuts Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:33:00 +0000 155671 at http://westernfarmpress.com Pistachio pioneers build foundation for success http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pistachio-pioneers-build-foundation-success <div class="field-deck"> Rootstock, containers revolutionize US industry </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Pioneer Nursery revolutionizes pistachio industry with rootstock selection and nursery containers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pistachio-pioneers-build-foundation-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/pistachio-pioneers-build-foundation-success#comments Orchard Crops Pistachios Thu, 22 Jan 2015 21:20:00 +0000 155661 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Pioneer Nursery partners Corky Anderson, left, and Ken Puryear, revolutionized the pistachio industry in 1980 with the first of three patented rootstocks that addressed serious plant health issues facing the early industry.</p> H.J. Baker launches Tiger XP sulphur-bentonite fertilizer http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/hj-baker-launches-tiger-xp-sulphur-bentonite-fertilizer <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The H.J. Baker Company has released Tiger XP, a new sulphur-bentonite fertilizer with a propriety activator which the company says provides farmers with a well-balanced nutrient replacement program.<br /> The timely application of new TIGER XP can address&nbsp;early season soil sulphate deficiencies with more plant available sulphate during critical early growth stages. It offers higher sulphate levels throughout the entire growing season.</p> <p>H.J. Baker says Tiger XP can help growers achieve a balanced soil fertility program to help improve yields.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/hj-baker-launches-tiger-xp-sulphur-bentonite-fertilizer" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/hj-baker-launches-tiger-xp-sulphur-bentonite-fertilizer#comments Miscellaneous Fertilizers Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:42:00 +0000 155641 at http://westernfarmpress.com Garlic and Onion Symposium, Feb. 9, Tulare http://westernfarmpress.com/garlic-and-onion-symposium-feb-9-tulare <div class="node-body event-body"><p>Garlic and onion symposium in Tulare, Calif. Feb. 9, 2015</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 Agricultural Center</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> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=4437+S.+Laspina+Street%2C+Tulare%2C+CA%2C+93274%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The 2015 California Garlic and Onion Symposium takes place Feb. 9 at the Tulare Agricultural Center, 4437 S. Laspina, Tulare, Calif.</p> <p>Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. The event runs until 3 p.m. with lunch provided by allied industry and the California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board.</p> <p>Cost to attend is free. RSVP to Terri Gonzalez at (559) 241-7515 so an accurate lunch count can be made.</p> <p>An agenda is as follows:</p> <p>8:55 a.m. &ndash; Welcome</p> <p>9 a.m. &ndash; California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board update: Kevin Lehar, CAGORAB</p> <p>9:20 a.m. &ndash; California Ground Water Coalition Information: Parry Klassen, East San Joaquin Water Coalition</p> <p>9:40 a.m. &ndash; Implications of Food Safety Modernization Act: Clint Shock, Oregon State University</p> <p>10 a.m. &ndash; Downy mildew, neck rot and onion maggot efficacy comparisons: Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada</p> <p>10:20 a.m. &ndash; Tulelake weed control study update: Rob Wilson, Intermountain Research Station Director, Tulelake.</p> <p>10:40 a.m. &ndash; Break</p> <p>11:10 a.m. &ndash; Pesticide registration updates: industry representatives</p> <p>Noon &ndash; Lunch: courtesy CAGORAB and allied industry</p> <p>1 p.m. &ndash; Pesticide label updates: Industry representatives</p> <p>1:40 p.m. &ndash; Evaluation of integrated strategies for white rot control: Mike Davis, UC Davis</p> <p>2 p.m. &ndash; Site specific management of white rot evaluation: Tom Turini, UCCE Fresno</p> <p>2:20 p.m. &ndash; Analysis of active compounds in garlic juice: Michael Wian, Oregon State University</p> <p>2:40 p.m. &ndash; Evaluation of onion soil amendment to control white rot: Jeremiah Dung, Oregon State University</p> <p>3 p.m. &ndash; Adjourn</p> <p>3:15 p.m. &ndash; CAGORAB board of directors meeting</p> <p>CE hours from DPR and CCA have been requested.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/garlic-and-onion-symposium-feb-9-tulare" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/garlic-and-onion-symposium-feb-9-tulare#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 20:40:00 +0000 155651 at http://westernfarmpress.com Bayer CropScience launches Sivanto insecticide http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bayer-cropscience-launches-sivanto-insecticide <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Bayer CropScience (Bayer) has announced that its Sivanto insecticide received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be available for the 2015 growing season.</p> <p>Sivanto precisely targets key damaging pests at multiple insect life stages and delivers the rapid knockdown of sucking pests while helping safeguard beneficial insects. This helps to prevent damage to plants and help minimize the spread of diseases from insect carriers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bayer-cropscience-launches-sivanto-insecticide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/bayer-cropscience-launches-sivanto-insecticide#comments Miscellaneous Insecticides Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:59:00 +0000 155631 at http://westernfarmpress.com The promise of new technology for regional control of navel orangeworm http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/promise-new-technology-regional-control-navel-orangeworm <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The recent introduction of a stable female-like navel orangeworm pheromone for monitoring adult males marks a big step forward in the decades-long effort by researchers to develop an index for determining when the navel orangeworm population in an orchard is large enough that an insecticide application makes sense, economically. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/promise-new-technology-regional-control-navel-orangeworm" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/promise-new-technology-regional-control-navel-orangeworm#comments Tree Nuts Pistachios Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:06:00 +0000 155621 at http://westernfarmpress.com Almond co-op members ride a roller-coaster season to a happy ending http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-co-op-members-ride-roller-coaster-season-happy-ending <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Despite a finger-crossing start, the 2014 crop year ended surprisingly well for members of the Central California Almond Growers Association.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-co-op-members-ride-roller-coaster-season-happy-ending" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-co-op-members-ride-roller-coaster-season-happy-ending#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Thu, 22 Jan 2015 14:03:00 +0000 155611 at http://westernfarmpress.com California walnut market takes an unexpected hit from several sides http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-walnut-market-takes-unexpected-hit-several-sides <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For a while early last November, it appeared that the market for the 2014 crop was thumbing its nose at basic economic laws.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-walnut-market-takes-unexpected-hit-several-sides" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/california-walnut-market-takes-unexpected-hit-several-sides#comments Tree Nuts Walnuts Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:47:00 +0000 155601 at http://westernfarmpress.com Pros-cons of subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/pros-cons-subsurface-drip-irrigation-western-alfalfa <div class="node-body article-body">Some alfalfa growers using subsurface drip irrigation report a 2.5-ton- per-acre increase over flood irrigation.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/pros-cons-subsurface-drip-irrigation-western-alfalfa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/pros-cons-subsurface-drip-irrigation-western-alfalfa#comments Alfalfa Drip Wed, 21 Jan 2015 22:54:00 +0000 155591 at http://westernfarmpress.com A shift to subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa production saves water but must produce higher yields to offset SDI costs. Field Crops Clinic, Feb. 4, Avondale http://westernfarmpress.com/field-crops-clinic-feb-4-avondale <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">Raul and Theresa&#039;s Restaurant</span> <div class="street-address"> 519 West Main Street </div> <span class="locality">Avondale</span>, <span class="region">AZ</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=519+West+Main+Street%2C+Avondale%2C+AZ%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension will conduct a Field Crops Clinic on Feb. 4 in Avondale, Ariz.</p> <p>The clinic will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Raul and Theresa&rsquo;s Restaurant, 519 West Main St. All speakers are with UA.</p> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p>8:45 &ndash; Registration, introductions</p> <p>9:00 - Bt Cotton Variety Trial Results - Randy Norton and Ayman Mostafa</p> <p>9:15 &ndash; FSA Farm Program Decisions: Selecting Price Loss Coverage or Agricultural Risk Coverage &ndash; Russ Tronstad</p> <p>10:00 - Growing Season Weather and Water Supply Conditions &ndash; Paul Brown</p> <p>10:15 - Alfalfa Nutrient Management &ndash; Shawna Loper</p> <p>10:45 - Update on Stink Bug Research &ndash; Peter Ellsworth</p> <p>11:15 - A New PCA-Grower Tool for Managing Resistance &ndash; Peter Ellsworth</p> <p>12:00 - Lunch and discussion on pest and crop management practices</p> <p>12:30 - Managing Weed Populations for Sustainable Control &ndash; Bill McCloskey</p> <p>1:15 - Aphid and Hopper Managements in Alfalfa in Arizona &ndash; Ayman Mostafa</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/field-crops-clinic-feb-4-avondale#comments Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:49:00 +0000 155581 at http://westernfarmpress.com New California law seeks to cap groundwater overdraft http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/new-california-law-seeks-cap-groundwater-overdraft <div class="node-body article-body">Trio of California law seeks to put cap on groundwater pumping, restore balance to aquifers</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/new-california-law-seeks-cap-groundwater-overdraft" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/new-california-law-seeks-cap-groundwater-overdraft#comments Irrigation Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:15:00 +0000 155571 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California Water Foundation Director Lester Snow, left, and State Water Board Member Dorene D&#39;Adamo, speak at the Almond Conference on how California&#39;s trio of groundwater laws could be implemented and the deadlines mandated by the law for basins to provide plans to reach sustainability.</p> Hoyt predicts lower 2015 western alfalfa hay prices http://westernfarmpress.com/markets/hoyt-predicts-lower-2015-western-alfalfa-hay-prices <div class="node-body article-body">Western alfalfa growers will likely see lower prices in 2015.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/markets/hoyt-predicts-lower-2015-western-alfalfa-hay-prices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/markets/hoyt-predicts-lower-2015-western-alfalfa-hay-prices#comments Markets Alfalfa Corn Grasses Tue, 20 Jan 2015 18:33:00 +0000 155561 at http://westernfarmpress.com SETH HOYT, right, veteran California hay market specialist, answers a question following his presentation at the 2014 California Alfalfa-Grains Symposium in Long Beach, Calif. in December. 98 percent of U.S. cotton farms are family operated http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Newspaper, website, and magazine headlines which assert that corporations - not families &ndash; operate the majority of U.S. farms are simply preposterous. Most farmers and ranchers already know this yet it is disheartening how many of the John Q. Public falls for such nonsense.</p> <p>If you have never heard of George Frisvold, remember his name. Frisvold is a professor and Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona.</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/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/98-percent-us-cotton-farms-are-family-operated#comments Cotton Farm Press Blog Tue, 20 Jan 2015 14:33:00 +0000 155541 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agribiz: Gowan USA receives federal registration for Zing! fungicide http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/agribiz-gowan-usa-receives-federal-registration-zing-fungicide <div class="field-deck"> State registrations expected </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><a href="http://www.agnewscenter.com/trk/process.cfm?track=3449&amp;tc=2&amp;codex=9789" target="_blank">Gowan USA</a> announces federal registration for Zing! fungicide use in potato, tomato, cucurbits, and onions. With federal registration achieved, state registrations should soon follow.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/agribiz-gowan-usa-receives-federal-registration-zing-fungicide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/agribiz-gowan-usa-receives-federal-registration-zing-fungicide#comments Vegetables Fungicides Mon, 19 Jan 2015 15:12:00 +0000 155531 at http://westernfarmpress.com Dithane F-45 Rainshield fungicide registered for walnuts http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/dithane-f-45-rainshield-fungicide-registered-walnuts <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Dow AgroSciences has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pesticide Regulation approval for Dithane F-45 Rainshield fungicide use in walnuts.</p> <p>Dithane F-45 provides control of walnut blight.</p> <p>The active ingredient in Dithane F-45 is mancozeb, an EBDC class of chemistry fungicide from the FRAC Group M3. When mixed with copper, Dithane F-45 provides control of walnut blight.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/dithane-f-45-rainshield-fungicide-registered-walnuts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/dithane-f-45-rainshield-fungicide-registered-walnuts#comments Orchard Crops Conditions and Diseases Fungicides Walnuts Sun, 18 Jan 2015 23:07:00 +0000 155521 at http://westernfarmpress.com Tickets available for World Ag Expo ‘Farmer’s Lunch’ with AG Kawamura http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/tickets-available-world-ag-expo-farmer-s-lunch-ag-kawamura <div class="node-body article-body">Join California farm leader AG Kawamura for a noon-time meal and conversation during the new “Farmer’s Lunch” on Thursday, Feb. 12 during the 2015 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/tickets-available-world-ag-expo-farmer-s-lunch-ag-kawamura" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/tickets-available-world-ag-expo-farmer-s-lunch-ag-kawamura#comments Miscellaneous Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:45:00 +0000 155511 at http://westernfarmpress.com AG Kawamura. Will drought, ports issue create 'Perfect Storm' for Ag? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag <div class="node-body blog-body">Does the ports slowdown and drought combine to create 'perfect storm' for 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/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/will-drought-ports-issue-create-perfect-storm-ag#comments Miscellaneous Crops Farm Press Blog Fri, 16 Jan 2015 23:23:00 +0000 155501 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Is a &#39;perfect storm&#39; brewing over American agriculture?</p> California Plant and Soil Conference, Feb. 4-5, Fresno http://westernfarmpress.com/california-plant-and-soil-conference-feb-4-5-fresno <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">Fresno Hotel and Conference Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 2223 Ventura St. </div> <span class="locality">Fresno</span>, <span class="region">CA</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=2223+Ventura+St.%2C+Fresno%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The California Plant and Soil Conference will be held Feb. 4-5 in Fresno, Calif.</p> <p>The meeting location is the Fresno Hotel and Conference Center, 2233 Ventura St., in downtown Fresno.</p> <p>The theme of the conference is &ldquo;<em>California Water:&nbsp; Balancing Quality and Quantity&rdquo;</em></p> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p><strong>Day 1 &ndash; Feb. 4</strong></p> <p>Registration starts at 9 a.m. Session starts at 9:50 a.m.</p> <p>Keynote Address: Thomas Harter, UC Davis, &ldquo;The Future of Groundwater Use and Protection in California&rsquo;s Agricultural Regions&rdquo;</p> <p>Concurrent sessions: 10:55a.m. - 12:15 p.m.</p> <p>Session 1 - Professional development</p> <p>Exploring soil survey information with SoilWeb Apps - Toby O&#39;Geen UC Davis, Dept. of LAWR</p> <p>On-farm research and testing - Making good evaluations &ndash; Scott Stoddard, UCCE Merced</p> <p>Fostering effective teams - Linda Marie Manton, UCCE Davis</p> <p>Session 2 - Water re-use: Non-conventional water for irrigation</p> <p>Strategies for irrigating with saline water - Blake Sanden, UCCE Kern County</p> <p>Overview of recycled water quality and landscape plants - Nelda Matheny, Hort Science, Inc.</p> <p>Use of reclaimed municipal water for vegetable irrigation; a grower&rsquo;s perspective - Dale Huss, Ocean Mist Farms</p> <p>Lunch</p> <p>Concurrent sessions: 1:30 - 2:50 p.m.</p> <p>Session 3 - Pest management</p> <p>Effects of drought conditions on weed control performance, Herbicide Fate - Brad Hanson, UC Davis</p> <p>Drought-mediated effects on vector movement and pathogen spread, Xylella-elicited diseases - Rodrigo Krugner, USDA-ARS</p> <p>Botryosphaeria canker and blight of walnut &ndash; management - Themis Michailides, UC Kearney REC</p> <p>Session 4 - Water management in the face of changing supplies</p> <p>Weather prediction - Steve Johnson, Steve Johnson Meteorology</p> <p>Current groundwater supplies and subsidence risks - Ken Schmidt, Kenneth Schmidt and Associates</p> <p>Working with uncertain supplies and new groundwater regulations - Sarge Green, California State University, Fresno</p> <p>Concurrent sessions: 3:20 - 4:40 p.m.</p> <p>Session 5 - Water related management issues</p> <p>Deficit irrigation of cotton - Bob Hutmacher, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension and UC West Side REC</p> <p>Subsurface drip irrigation of alfalfa - Benefits and pitfall - Dan Putnam, UCCE</p> <p>Irrigation strategies for grapevines in the San Joaquin Valley - Comparison table and wine grape vineyards - Larry Williams, UC Davis</p> <p>Session 6 - Practical applications of nitrogen management strategies</p> <p>Panel discussion: Practical issues in nitrogen management - Tim Hartz, UC Davis; Danyal Kasapligil, Dellavalle Laboratories; and Daniel Geisseler, UC Davis</p> <p>Evening social and poster session - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.</p> <p><strong>Day 2 &ndash; Feb. 5</strong></p> <p>Concurrent sessions - 8:30 &ndash; 9:50 a.m.</p> <p>Session 7 &ndash; Manure, compost, organic amendments</p> <p>Use of organic matter amendments in permanent crops - Dan Shellenberg and Patrick Brown, UC Davis</p> <p>Implications of timing on N release from organic amendments - David Crohn and Namratha Reddy, UC Riverside</p> <p>Composting to manage on-farm water and improve soil health - Bob Martin and Jocelyn Gretz, Rio Farms</p> <p>Session 8 - Salinity responses &ndash; management</p> <p>Overview of CV salts and development of salinity standards to protect crops - John Dickey, Plan Tierra LLC</p> <p>Impact of salinity on pistachio rootstocks - Jessie Godfrey, UC Davis</p> <p>Salinity stress in almond - How do rootstocks, cultivars, and ionic composition make a difference? - Baris Kutman, UC Davis</p> <p>Concurrent sessions - 10:20 &ndash; 11:40 a.m.</p> <p>Session 9 - Monitoring options &ldquo;Measure to Manage&rdquo;</p> <p>Imperial Valley salinity management program &ndash; Khaled Bali, UCCE Imperial County</p> <p>Infrared thermometry &ndash; Smartfield system capabilities and experiences - Tom Speed, Smartfield Technologies</p> <p>Discussing irrigation scheduling principles with producers &ndash; Are we making it more difficult than necessary? -Dan Johnson, USDA-NRCS</p> <p>Session 10 - Management and mitigation of nitrate in crop production</p> <p>Denitrification beds for removing nitrate from tile drain water - Tim Hartz, UC Davis</p> <p>Fertilizer value of nitrate in irrigation water for lettuce production - Michael Cahn, UCCE Monterey County</p> <p>Managing nitrogen in perennial crops - Patrick Brown, Saiful Muhammad, and Sebastian Saa &ndash; UC Davis</p> <p>Business meeting and lunch &ndash; Noon &ndash; 1:45 p.m.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/california-plant-and-soil-conference-feb-4-5-fresno#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 17:26:00 +0000 155491 at http://westernfarmpress.com UC researchers' latest findings on major grape diseases http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-researchers-latest-findings-major-grape-diseases <div class="node-body article-body">University of California researcher Kent Daane says the vine mealybug is the number one culprit in spreading leafroll viruses in grapes in the San Joaquin Valley. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-researchers-latest-findings-major-grape-diseases" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-researchers-latest-findings-major-grape-diseases#comments Orchard Crops Conditions and Diseases Grapes Fri, 16 Jan 2015 15:01:00 +0000 155481 at http://westernfarmpress.com Chuck Boldwyn, left, UC Kearney Ag Center superintendent of agriculture, visits with George Zhuang, UC viticulture farm advisor in Fresno County, at the grape symposium in Easton, Calif. Latest immigration policy could lead to scams http://westernfarmpress.com/government/latest-immigration-policy-could-lead-scams <div class="field-deck"> Farmworkers warned to deal only with Mexican Consul regarding legal paperwork </div> <div class="node-body article-body">MIgrant farmworkers are targets of fraud after recent Presidential order</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/latest-immigration-policy-could-lead-scams" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/latest-immigration-policy-could-lead-scams#comments Government Regulations Thu, 15 Jan 2015 23:12:00 +0000 155471 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Mexican Consul Vicente Sanchez Ventura, foreground, recently joined with Nisei Farmers League President Manuel Cunha, left, to inform migrant farmworkers and employers of scams seeking to extort money from Mexican nationals in their attempt to gain legal work and residency status in the United States.</p> DWR increases SWP water deliveries to 15 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/dwr-increases-swp-water-deliveries-15-percent <div class="field-byline"> California Department of Water Resources </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The new 15 percent allocation replaces the initial 10 percent allocation announced on Dec. 1. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/dwr-increases-swp-water-deliveries-15-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/dwr-increases-swp-water-deliveries-15-percent#comments Miscellaneous Drought Thu, 15 Jan 2015 22:31:00 +0000 155461 at http://westernfarmpress.com California's Shasta Lake.