Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en USBR raises fish flows while humans go without water http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/usbr-raises-fish-flows-while-humans-go-without-water <div class="node-body blog-body">California should be trucking water in food-grade tankers to residents in need rather than using it to increase fish flows.</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/usbr-raises-fish-flows-while-humans-go-without-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/usbr-raises-fish-flows-while-humans-go-without-water#comments Government Drought Farm Press Blog Fri, 19 Sep 2014 19:07:00 +0000 152441 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Sacramento River as it flows into Shasta Lake in August, 2014.</p> California olive oil labeling standards start Sept. 26 http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-olive-oil-labeling-standards-start-sept-26 <div class="node-body article-body">New olive oil labeling standards approved for California-grown olives</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-olive-oil-labeling-standards-start-sept-26" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-olive-oil-labeling-standards-start-sept-26#comments Orchard Crops Fruits Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:45:00 +0000 152431 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Olives for oil are grown in high-density planting rows in northern California.</p> California drought - 42 counties primary disaster areas http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-drought-42-counties-primary-disaster-areas <div class="node-body article-body">USDA has designated 42 of California's 58 counties as primary natural disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by drought from Jan. 1, 2014 to the present.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-drought-42-counties-primary-disaster-areas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/california-drought-42-counties-primary-disaster-areas#comments Government Drought Fri, 19 Sep 2014 15:14:00 +0000 152421 at http://westernfarmpress.com Pitahaya fruit a future western Top-10 crop contender? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pitahaya-fruit-future-western-top-10-crop-contender <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>Odds are some of you have never heard of pitahaya fruit. Pitahaya what?</p> <p>My computer Inbox recently included a pitahaya crop meeting notice from University of California (UC) farm advisor Jose Aguiar in Riverside County on an upcoming Pitahaya Fruit Mini Festival in Indio.</p> <p>I&rsquo;ve heard of the cactus fruit but have never reported on it. I noticed the first item on the agenda was a pitahaya ice cream testing. It was time to jump in the truck and go. Unfortunately a quick glance at the calendar indicated a schedule conflict.</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/pitahaya-fruit-future-western-top-10-crop-contender" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/pitahaya-fruit-future-western-top-10-crop-contender#comments Miscellaneous Fruits Farm Press Blog Fri, 19 Sep 2014 10:37:00 +0000 152411 at http://westernfarmpress.com CDFA expands Kern County ACP quarantine http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/cdfa-expands-kern-county-acp-quarantine <div class="field-byline"> California Department of Food and Agriculture </div> <div class="node-body article-body">An additional portion of Kern County, Calif. has been placed under quarantine for the Asian citrus psyllid following the detection of one psyllid south of the city of Bakersfield. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/cdfa-expands-kern-county-acp-quarantine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/cdfa-expands-kern-county-acp-quarantine#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:48:00 +0000 152401 at http://westernfarmpress.com Asian citrus psyllid. 2014 California Alfalfa, Forage, and Grains Symposium, Dec. 10-12, Long Beach http://westernfarmpress.com/2014-california-alfalfa-forage-and-grains-symposium-dec-10-12-long-beach <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">Long Beach Convention Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 300 E Ocean Blvd </div> <span class="locality">Long Beach</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=300+E+Ocean+Blvd%2C+Long+Beach%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p><a href="http://ucanr.edu/survey/survey.cfm?surveynumber=13326">Registration</a> is now open for the <a href="http://ucanr.edu/sites/Alfalfa/">2014 California Alfalfa, Forage, and Grains Symposium</a> scheduled for Dec. 10 &ndash; 12 in Long Beach, Calif.</p> <p>The event will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center.</p> <p>As California grows nearly three million acres of alfalfa, grains, silages, and other forage crops, there is a strong need to share information, says Dan Putnam, Extension agronomist and forage specialist and the 2014 Symposium Chair.</p> <p>This will be a comprehensive meeting to focus on critical issues related to alfalfa and grain crops,&nbsp;particularly global issues, economics, and practical &#39;how to&#39; talks on crop production techniques.</p> <p>There are tremendous opportunities to learn something new by visiting with knowledgeable scientists, growers, and industry members and pest control experts.</p> <p>This year we feature a special focus on water and irrigation, and also exports, silages, genetics, pest management, and quality.</p> <p>Take a look at the <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MjH5c1KC9w1Q-ykBOe4HVbsGGt7fWJp64u-vdoIm6_cDsRFbHJgdGynmSS1WS5tPTip1zY6zTNbaPi403YrnusPJd0cqOovFm_uFCDmfKZjGs6d04PNhreigSEKbZMj08zY5PATfTmuGuNmaGjNVvY1Q98LY5lPwKoSMIXPrfB3LxPBf_1sTP-mCmbZ-acPwC8zU4Af8xNoxo1JDK70skQ==&amp;c=VrWLuFNuspgs0aSG3fbrkF13wfmGw9ZkfwGTHQ_Z2852-VbIwqGf2A==&amp;ch=DMphjpT_6mjpeU5ijVIU0RvDYQEQ76mW_ES8GysDDKH_5AaUUxJSIw==" target="_blank">program</a>.&nbsp;There is an opportunity for exhibits as well as a tour of export operations.</p> <p>Who should attend?<strong> </strong><em><strong>- </strong></em>Farmers, Pest Control Advisors and Certified Crop Advisors, industry members, agency representatives and anyone who wishes to be informed about important issues related to alfalfa, forage crops and grains.</p> <p>See website for program <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MjH5c1KC9w1Q-ykBOe4HVbsGGt7fWJp64u-vdoIm6_cDsRFbHJgdG3J6WOLguDlIsV3sOP60X3oNsj_TMuj-QZY0oneItDR_jUdFunnPVwF2g_sizuDRLs88-_7akDrF-6D9y1WtsMhcFzCQIPoSWavW05rlrEmpgTRNAvKsYzvSmr3NtFKF-KCPxIaCflw5BaLLFhL3NRd48aYIA415UQ==&amp;c=VrWLuFNuspgs0aSG3fbrkF13wfmGw9ZkfwGTHQ_Z2852-VbIwqGf2A==&amp;ch=DMphjpT_6mjpeU5ijVIU0RvDYQEQ76mW_ES8GysDDKH_5AaUUxJSIw==" target="_blank">agenda</a> and <a href="http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?f=001MjH5c1KC9w1Q-ykBOe4HVbsGGt7fWJp64u-vdoIm6_cDsRFbHJgdGw7gnLlMynRBn3Hp00AgKyOg8uv78bDkvbY7oEZNvQXM2tlslcBlCe2r8FQeDin0bOCSPYIk-8O223JGUKKtMsysBkw_LQwVN7prcRdojGcyCdoMfKzRLUeYhmOtxl1RbCcDjZj6rqguOq8exS86174_55txOyK2zQ==&amp;c=VrWLuFNuspgs0aSG3fbrkF13wfmGw9ZkfwGTHQ_Z2852-VbIwqGf2A==&amp;ch=DMphjpT_6mjpeU5ijVIU0RvDYQEQ76mW_ES8GysDDKH_5AaUUxJSIw==" target="_blank">lodging</a> information. The hotel is the Hyatt Regency adjacent to the Long Beach Convention Center.</p> <p>The symposium is sponsored by UC Cooperative Extension, Agriculture and Natural Resources<br /> and the UC, Davis Department of Plant Sciences.<br /> &nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p><strong><u>Wednesday, December 10</u></strong></p> <p>11:30-5:30&nbsp;&ndash; Long Beach Export Tour <strong>- </strong>Tour export facilities for hay and grain destined for ports around the world, plus talks by exporters on quality demands.&nbsp;See hay compression and grain handling technology.&nbsp;Includes lunch. Separate registration fee.</p> <p>8 a.m. &ndash; 5 p.m. - Exhibitor Setup</p> <p>3p.m. &ndash; 6 p.m. - Registration</p> <p>5:30 - 6:45&nbsp;p.m. - Symposium Welcome Reception - Meet and greet with speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, and attendees at the kickoff reception. Refreshments and no-host bar.</p> <p><strong><u>Thursday, Dec. 11</u></strong></p> <p>6 - 8:00 a.m. - Registration</p> <p><em>Main Session - Economics and Industry Trends</em></p> <p>8:00 - Introduction and welcome</p> <p>8:10&nbsp;Hay market situation in the western states - Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report - Sponsored by California Alfalfa &amp; Forage Association</p> <p>8:35&nbsp;- Dairy trends, issues, and impacts of feed prices - Michael Marsh, Western United Dairymen</p> <p>9:00&nbsp;- World supply and demand for&nbsp;forages &ndash; Daniel Sumner, Director, UC Agricultural Issues Center, UC Davis</p> <p>9:25 - Dynamics of the hay export industry - John Szczepanski, Forage Export Council</p> <p>9:50 - Discussion</p> <p>10:00&nbsp;- <em>Break</em></p> <p><em>Main Session-Genetic Innovations in Grains and Forages</em></p> <p>10:30 - Small grain breeding advances in a world context - Jorge Dubcovsky, wheat breeder, UC Davis</p> <p>10:55 a.m.&nbsp;- Genetic advances in alfalfa and grasses &ndash; Are we making progress? - Charlie Brummer, UCD Plant Breeding Center</p> <p>11:20 a.m. - New genetic possibilities with alfalfa - Mark McCaslin, Forage Genetics International</p> <p>11:45 a.m.&nbsp;- GMOs and the importance of coexistence in alfalfa for the future &ndash; Dan Putnam, UCCE</p> <p>12:00 p.m.&nbsp;- Discussion&nbsp;</p> <p><em>12:10 - Banquet Luncheon -</em>&nbsp;<em>ticket required</em></p> <p><em>Breakout Session I.</em>&nbsp;<em>Alfalfa Pest Management and Production</em><br /> 1:30 - Weed management in alfalfa: Where we&#39;ve been and where we&rsquo;re going - Barry Tickes, University of&nbsp;Arizona and Steve Orloff, UCCE Advisor</p> <p>1:50&nbsp;- New weed control tools for established and seedling alfalfa - Mick Canevari, UCCE Emeritus</p> <p>2:10 - Blue alfalfa aphid management strategies &ndash; Vonny Barlow and Eric Natwick, UCCE farm advisors</p> <p>2:30 - How we&rsquo;ve handled the blue alfalfa aphid issue &ndash; Discussion panel with PCAs</p> <p>2:50&nbsp;- Discussion</p> <p>3:00 &ndash; Break</p> <p>3:30&nbsp;- Alfalfa-small grain rotational benefits - It&#39;s worth more than you think&nbsp;- Eric Lin, UC Davis</p> <p>3:50 - Testing alfalfa for nutrient management - Aaron Quist, Stanworth Crop Consultants</p> <p>4:10 Fungicide use in alfalfa &ndash; Don Miller, Alforex Seeds, and Rachael Long, UCCE advisor</p> <p>4:30 - Stem nematode control strategies - Becky Westerdahl, UCCE specialist</p> <p>4:50&nbsp;- Discussion</p> <p>5:00&nbsp;- Adjourn</p> <p><em>Breakout Session II. Pest and crop management in small grains, silage, and sorghum</em></p> <p>1:30 - Comparing sorghum and corn with regards to agronomic practices, pests, and quality - Ricky Rice, Winfield Solutions</p> <p>1:50 - Seed treatments for wireworm control in field corn - Michelle Leinfelder Miles, UCCE Delta Region</p> <p>2:10 - Water use and variety selection in sorghum - Jeff Dahlberg, UCCE specialist; and Bob Hutmacher, UCCE specialist</p> <p>2:30&nbsp;- Precision irrigation and conservation tillage: A plan for improving forage production systems - Jeff Mitchell, UCCE specialist</p> <p>2:50&nbsp;&ndash; Discussion</p> <p>3:00 &ndash; Break</p> <p>3:30&nbsp;- Herbicide options for small grains - Steve Wright, UCCE farm advisor</p> <p>3:50 - Requirements for manure and nutrient management on dairies - Deanne Meyer, UC specialist</p> <p>4:10 - Management of nitrogen and manure in corn and small grain forages - Marsha Campbell Mathews, UCCE</p> <p>4:30 In-field plant and soil monitoring as a tool for N management in small grains - Mark Lundy, UCCE</p> <p>4:50 &ndash; Discussion</p> <p>5:00-6:30 - Exhibitors&#39; Reception - Visit exhibits and learn about new products. Refreshments and no-host bar</p> <p>5:15 &ndash; Auction - California Alfalfa &amp; Forage Association auction to benefit California&rsquo;s voluntary grower representative group</p> <p><strong><u>Friday, December 12</u></strong></p> <p><em>Main Session - Water, drought, quality, and pesticides</em></p> <p>8:00 - Realities of chlorpyrifos and key pesticide issues with water quality alfalfa &ndash; Pete Goodell, UCCE IPM</p> <p>8:25 - Coming realities for groundwater management - Thomas Harter, UCCE specialist</p> <p>8:50 - Deficit Irrigation of alfalfa and grasses - What are the impacts-options? &ndash; Steve Orloff, UCCE</p> <p>9:15 - What is the ability of alfalfa to sustain saline conditions? - Sharon Benes, California State University</p> <p>9:40&nbsp;- Discussion</p> <p>9:50&nbsp;- Break</p> <p>10:20 - Forage quality &ndash; What are the unique features of alfalfa in a ration? &ndash; Peter Robinson, UCCE specialist</p> <p>10:45 - Future forage quality analysis systems for California &ndash; Dan Putnam</p> <p>11:10 - Technologies for automation in surface irrigation - Khaled Bali, UCCE</p> <p>11:30 - Detection techniques for timely cutoff in surface irrigation - Shrini Upadyay, UCD</p> <p>11:50 - Advantages and constraints of soil moisture monitoring for resource-efficient irrigation management of alfalfa - Steve Orloff and Daniele Zaccaria</p> <p>12:10 - Discussion</p> <p>12:15 - Lunch (sponsored by Netafim) - ticket required</p> <p><em>1:00- 3:00 Workshop:</em>&nbsp;<em>Subsurface drip irrigation in alfalfa</em></p> <p>Fundamentals of the technology, irrigation design attributes, irrigation management and scheduling with drip irrigation, economics of drip, gopher-rodent management in alfalfa, grower experience &ndash; how has it worked in practice?</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/2014-california-alfalfa-forage-and-grains-symposium-dec-10-12-long-beach#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 17:21:00 +0000 152391 at http://westernfarmpress.com Bagrada bug marching north in California crops http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/bagrada-bug-marching-north-california-crops <div class="field-byline"> Surendra Dara, UCCE Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo and Ventura counties </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The Bagrada bug, Bagrada hilaris (Burmeister), is an invasive hemipteran insect first reported in California in Los Angeles County in 2008 and has now spread to about 17 other counties and continues to march northward. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/bagrada-bug-marching-north-california-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/bagrada-bug-marching-north-california-crops#comments Vegetables Foliar insects Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:02:00 +0000 152381 at http://westernfarmpress.com Tips for boosting split percentages in pistachios http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/tips-boosting-split-percentages-pistachios <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Depending on the timing of irrigations and amount of water applied, split percentages of this year’s pistaschio harvest could vary widely, reports Bob Beede, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, emeritus. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/tips-boosting-split-percentages-pistachios" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/tips-boosting-split-percentages-pistachios#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:44:00 +0000 152371 at http://westernfarmpress.com Sutter County grower expects a strong performance from each of his walnut varieties this year http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/sutter-county-grower-expects-strong-performance-each-his-walnut-varieties-year <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">At the start of his walnut harvest on Sept. 10, Sutter County grower Sib Fedora reflected on the 2014 growing season.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/sutter-county-grower-expects-strong-performance-each-his-walnut-varieties-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/sutter-county-grower-expects-strong-performance-each-his-walnut-varieties-year#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:41:00 +0000 152361 at http://westernfarmpress.com Yields fall in Madera County grower’s earliest-ever almond harvest http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/yields-fall-madera-county-grower-s-earliest-ever-almond-harvest <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">On Sept. 19, Madera County farmer Vernon Martinazzi, expects to wrap up his almond harvest earlier than he’s ever done in three decades of growing this crop.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/yields-fall-madera-county-grower-s-earliest-ever-almond-harvest" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/yields-fall-madera-county-grower-s-earliest-ever-almond-harvest#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:19:00 +0000 152351 at http://westernfarmpress.com Alfalfa - A survivor crop of the California drought? http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-survivor-crop-california-drought <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Alfalfa, the crop with the largest acreage in California, could well emerge as a survivor in the state hard hit by drought.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-survivor-crop-california-drought" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/alfalfa/alfalfa-survivor-crop-california-drought#comments Alfalfa Wed, 17 Sep 2014 15:01:00 +0000 152341 at http://westernfarmpress.com Terry Hall, left, Forage Genetics, Napa, Idaho, and Jeff Chedester, Bill B. Zanola Grain & Seed, Stratford, Calif., at an Alfalfa Field Day at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier, Calif. UCCE Tomato Nematode Field Day, Sept. 18, Shafter http://westernfarmpress.com/ucce-tomato-nematode-field-day-sept-18-shafter <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">UCCE Research Farm</span> <div class="street-address"> Mettler and Madera Avenues </div> <span class="locality">Shafter</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=Mettler+and+Madera+Avenues%2C+Shafter%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>University of California researchers have some exciting results to demonstrate from a tomato nematode trial just completed in Kern County.</p> <p>Though the study was completed in tomatoes, UC researchers say the results will be of interest to anyone with nematodes in their fields.</p> <p>The trial is expected to demonstrate the effectiveness of new fumigant nematicides.</p> <p>The field day will take place at the UC Cooperative Extension Research Farm at Mettler and Madera avenues, just north of the town of Shafter.</p> <p>For more information, contact Joe Nunes, farm advisor, at (661) 868-6222.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/ucce-tomato-nematode-field-day-sept-18-shafter#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:22:00 +0000 152331 at http://westernfarmpress.com Agribiz: EPA approves registration for Nimitz nematicide http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/agribiz-epa-approves-registration-nimitz-nematicide <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The new non-fumigant nematicide Nimitz released by ADAMA has received federal registration from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).</p> <p>Nimitz is a novel, non-fumigant nematicide with simplified application features and good user safety.</p> <p>The active ingredient in Nimitz has a unique mode of action which categorizes the product within a new chemical classification.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/agribiz-epa-approves-registration-nimitz-nematicide" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/agribiz-epa-approves-registration-nimitz-nematicide#comments Miscellaneous Nematicides Tue, 16 Sep 2014 17:03:00 +0000 152321 at http://westernfarmpress.com Paramount Citrus 'Industry Advocate of the Year' http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/paramount-citrus-industry-advocate-year <div class="node-body article-body">Paramount Citrus has been honored by the United Fresh Produce Association as its Produce Industry Advocate of the Year.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/paramount-citrus-industry-advocate-year" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/paramount-citrus-industry-advocate-year#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Tue, 16 Sep 2014 15:04:00 +0000 152311 at http://westernfarmpress.com ACP tour provides first-hand look at citrus tree pests http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/acp-tour-provides-first-hand-look-citrus-tree-pests <div class="node-body gallery-body">San Joaquin Valley growers and crop consultants get first-hand look at Asian citrus psyllid pest during southern California tour.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/acp-tour-provides-first-hand-look-citrus-tree-pests" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/acp-tour-provides-first-hand-look-citrus-tree-pests#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Mon, 15 Sep 2014 22:14:00 +0000 152301 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Ants are said to be particularly protective of the Asian citrus psyllid because of the honeydew secretions they leave behind. Ants feed on the honeydew. Citrus experts recommend good ant control methods in regions where Tamarixia, a parasitic wasp, has been released to combat the ACP. Ants will attack the Tamarixia.</p> Does California need more PCAs for ACP fight? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/does-california-need-more-pcas-acp-fight <div class="node-body blog-body">California PCAs say they are "too busy" to employ more aggressive ACP sampling techniques</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/does-california-need-more-pcas-acp-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/does-california-need-more-pcas-acp-fight#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Farm Press Blog Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:47:00 +0000 152291 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Asian citrus psyllid feeds on small tree in a residential southern California neighborhood</p> More aggressive approach called for in ACP fight http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/more-aggressive-approach-called-acp-fight <div class="field-deck"> PCAs and growers must sample more effectively </div> <div class="node-body article-body">San Joaquin Valley citrus farmers urged to aggressively sample their groves for the Asian citrus psyllid</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/more-aggressive-approach-called-acp-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/more-aggressive-approach-called-acp-fight#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Mon, 15 Sep 2014 17:08:00 +0000 152281 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>University of California Entomologist Beth Grafton-Cardwell photographs small citrus trees in a San Bernardino neighborhood that are infested with the Asian citrus psyllid.</p> NASS: California Navel orange estimate is 81M cartons http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/nass-california-navel-orange-estimate-81m-cartons <div class="node-body article-body">California's Navel orange crop estimated at 81 million cartons.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/nass-california-navel-orange-estimate-81m-cartons" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/nass-california-navel-orange-estimate-81m-cartons#comments Orchard Crops Oranges Mon, 15 Sep 2014 16:50:00 +0000 152271 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California Citrus Mutual believes this year&#39;s NASS estimate on Navel oranges will prove to be too high because of drought impacts not factored into the survey.</p> California almond crop not shaking out to be a record http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-almond-crop-not-shaking-out-be-record <div class="field-deck"> Some think even 1.8 billion pounds may be tough mark to reach </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California almond crop may not come close to record prediction of 2.1 billion pounds</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-almond-crop-not-shaking-out-be-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-almond-crop-not-shaking-out-be-record#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:39:00 +0000 152261 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California&#39;s almond harvest will likely miss its predicted 2.1 billion pound record prediction by as much as 15 percent, according to some in the industry.</p> Three new ACP finds in south San Joaquin Valley http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/three-new-acp-finds-south-san-joaquin-valley <div class="field-deck"> Invasive pest found in cities of Bakersfield and Tulare </div> <div class="node-body article-body">New Asian citrus psyllid discoveries made in Bakersfield and Tulare.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/three-new-acp-finds-south-san-joaquin-valley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/three-new-acp-finds-south-san-joaquin-valley#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Fri, 12 Sep 2014 17:20:00 +0000 152251 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Asian citrus psyllid is already well-established throughout southern California and is moving northward into the Central California commercial citrus growing region.</p> Napa wine industry sustains $80M damage from quake http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-wine-industry-sustains-80m-damage-quake <div class="node-body article-body">Preliminary damage from Napa earthquake tops $80 million for wine industry</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-wine-industry-sustains-80m-damage-quake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/napa-wine-industry-sustains-80m-damage-quake#comments Grapes Grapes Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:20:00 +0000 152241 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Jey Gonzalez moves a broken wine barrel as he helps clean up a massive collapse at a wine barrel storage facility in Napa, California.</p> Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Early, fast-paced harvest likely to yield top-quality results for Central Coast grower http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-fast-paced-harvest-likely-yield-top-quality-results-central-coast-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">With an early bloom and consistently warm weather throughout the season which accelerated growth and ripening of the fruit, the 2014 harvest of the Central Coast’s wine grape crop got off to a strong, unusually early start.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-fast-paced-harvest-likely-yield-top-quality-results-central-coast-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/early-fast-paced-harvest-likely-yield-top-quality-results-central-coast-grower#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:58:00 +0000 152231 at http://westernfarmpress.com Lodi grower’s harvest begins light on tonnage, strong in fruit quality http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-grower-s-harvest-begins-light-tonnage-strong-fruit-quality <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Lodi area wine grape grower Tom Hoffman probably won’t be scheduling any more vacations in August. This year, he was forced to cancel his planned pre-harvest get-away to start harvesting his 180 acres of grapes in mid-August. That’s about three weeks earlier than usual.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-grower-s-harvest-begins-light-tonnage-strong-fruit-quality" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/lodi-grower-s-harvest-begins-light-tonnage-strong-fruit-quality#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:49:00 +0000 152221 at http://westernfarmpress.com San Joaquin County growers learn lessons in managing water and dry soils http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-county-growers-learn-lessons-managing-water-and-dry-soils <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following three straight years of scant rainfall and restricted allocations of surface water, San Joaquin County wine grape growers are learning how to deal with dry soil conditions. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-county-growers-learn-lessons-managing-water-and-dry-soils" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/san-joaquin-county-growers-learn-lessons-managing-water-and-dry-soils#comments Grapes Wed, 10 Sep 2014 12:38:00 +0000 152201 at http://westernfarmpress.com Central Arizona Farmer Field Day, Oct. 1, Maricopa http://westernfarmpress.com/central-arizona-farmer-field-day-oct-1-maricopa <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> <span class="postal-code">85138</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=37860+W.+Smith+Enke+Rd%2C+Maricopa%2C+AZ%2C+85138%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Growers, pest control advisers, agricultural industry representatives, and others interested in field crops in Arizona are invited to attend the 4<sup>th</sup> annual Central Arizona Field Day, Oct. 1 from 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in Maricopa.</p> <p>Agenda:</p> <p>7:45 &ndash; 8:00 - Registration in Multipurpose Room</p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">8:00 &ndash; 11:30 - Outdoor tour on research farm &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Peter Ellsworth - New results in lygus, whitefly, and stink bug control</span></p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Bill McCloskey and Randy Norton- Evaluation of DGT herbicide technology and variety</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;performance</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Mike Ottman - Alfalfa rooting characteristics as seen in a soil pit</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Ayman Mostafa - Management of alfalfa insect pests</span></p> <p>&nbsp;11:30 - noon - Indoor presentation</p> <p>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Paul Brown - El Nino update: Potential impacts on fall and winter weather for pest, crop</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; management</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Noon - Lunch and discussion on pest and crop management</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">The event will be held at the&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Maricopa Agricultural Center, 37860 W. Smith Enke Rd, Maricopa, Ariz. 85138.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">RSVP for a head count and for lunch. </span><a href="https://extension.arizona.edu/sites/extension.arizona.edu/files/resources/Agenda%20Field%20Day%20Oct%201%202014.pdf" style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;">Click here</a><span style="font-size: 13.3333339691162px;"> for more information.</span></p> <p>Contact Ayman Mostafa at <a href="mailto:ayman@cals.arizona.edu">ayman@cals.arizona.edu</a> and (602) 827-8213.&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/central-arizona-farmer-field-day-oct-1-maricopa#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 01:29:00 +0000 152191 at http://westernfarmpress.com 2015 California Weed Science Society Conference, Jan. 21-23, Santa Barbara http://westernfarmpress.com/2015-california-weed-science-society-conference-jan-21-23-santa-barbara <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">Fess Parker Resort</span> <div class="street-address"> 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd. </div> <span class="locality">Santa Barbara</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=633+E.+Cabrillo+Blvd.%2C+Santa+Barbara%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The 67<sup>th</sup> California Weed Society Conference annual conference is scheduled for Jan. 21-23 in Santa Barbara, Calif.</p> <p>The theme is &ldquo;<em>California Weeds &ndash; Weather or Not - Controlling Weeds Under Challenging Climatic Conditions</em>.&rdquo;</p> <p>Featured sessions will include:</p> <p>1 - New research and updates on weed biology and management in California agricultural crops and orchards, turf and ornamentals, roadside and industrial sites, forestry, range and natural areas, and aquatic sites.</p> <p>2 - Laws and regulations session</p> <p>3 -Weed School: Basics of Aquatic Weed Control</p> <p>4 - Student oral paper and poster contests</p> <p>DPR CEU&rsquo;s have been requested.</p> <p>The event will be held at the Fess Parker Santa Barbara, 633 E. Cabrillo Blvd., Santa Barbara.</p> <p>To register online and get hotel reservation details, visit the <a href="http://www.cwss.org/">www.cwss.org</a> website or call the CWSS at (831) 442-0883.</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div> http://westernfarmpress.com/2015-california-weed-science-society-conference-jan-21-23-santa-barbara#comments Wed, 10 Sep 2014 00:59:00 +0000 152181 at http://westernfarmpress.com Rural rancher builds significant social media following http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rural-rancher-builds-significant-social-media-following <div class="field-deck"> Jeff Fowle helps countless people understand production agriculture </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Northern California hay farmer helped form AgChat Foundation while building significant social media following of his own.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rural-rancher-builds-significant-social-media-following" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rural-rancher-builds-significant-social-media-following#comments Miscellaneous Tue, 09 Sep 2014 18:26:00 +0000 152171 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The personal license plate on Jeff Fowle&rsquo;s ranch truck advertises the social media foundation he helped form in 2010.</p> Uncertainties abound in global cotton markets http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/uncertainties-abound-global-cotton-markets <div class="node-body article-body">Global cotton prices predicted to remain in an unspecified range until fundamental changes within governments that trade cotton occur.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/uncertainties-abound-global-cotton-markets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/cotton/uncertainties-abound-global-cotton-markets#comments Cotton Cotton Tue, 09 Sep 2014 17:53:00 +0000 152161 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Ed Hughs, left, and Allan Terhaar, share a laugh at the 60<sup>th</sup> Annual Supima Meeting in California. Hughs, a cotton expert&nbsp;who works with the USDA in New Mexico, warns growers to remain on top of white fly and aphid treatments to avoid sticky cotton.</p> Did Napa quake unearth groundwater? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/did-napa-quake-unearth-groundwater <div class="node-body blog-body">Did the earthquake in Napa unearth a new supply of water? Why are those creeks flowing then if we're in a drought?</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/did-napa-quake-unearth-groundwater" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/did-napa-quake-unearth-groundwater#comments Miscellaneous Soil Farm Press Blog Mon, 08 Sep 2014 22:16:00 +0000 152151 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The San Andreas Fault forms a small creek bed near Parkfield, Calif.</p> Temperance Flat floats EIS ahead of election http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/temperance-flat-floats-eis-ahead-election <div class="field-deck"> Sites and Los Vaqueros reservoirs also in line for potential bond money </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California water bond proponents begin election push on Proposition 1</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/temperance-flat-floats-eis-ahead-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/temperance-flat-floats-eis-ahead-election#comments Irrigation Election Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:40:00 +0000 152141 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A water bond press conference drew supporters from both sides of California&#39;s political divide in a show of support for additional water storage in the Golden State.</p>