Within the next decade, the results of traditional and laboratory research could begin to remove one of the most ferocious disease threats to California’s grape industry - Pierce’s disease - vectored by the glassy-winged sharpshooter (GWSS) pest.
“We are almost there in bringing to market the first round of solutions for the Pierce’s disease problem,” said Robert Wynn, statewide coordinator for the Pierce’s Disease Control Program administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA)....More
At the beginning of August, the hulls were still tight around the nuts in Yuba County grower Jack Gilbert’s walnut orchards. But, judging by the pace at which the crop was maturing, he expects to begin harvesting his earliest varieties, Ashley and Serr, in the second week of September. That would be about a week earlier than usual....More
Since July 1 of last year, California growers added an estimated 48,000 acres of new almond orchards to the state’s production base. Nonpareil accounted for nearly 39 percent of the almond trees growers bought during that time....More
After starting from seven to 10 days earlier than usual in the last week or so of July, this year’s almond harvest was picking up steam by the first of August. However, getting the crop on the ground isn’t the same as getting full value for the nuts once they’re delivered to the processor....More
Orius spp. (Anthocoridae family) are valuable natural enemies in cotton and abundant throughout the season.
There are two species in Arizona – Orius tristicolor and O. insidiosus, referred to as minute (pronounced my – nute’) pirate bugs (MPB).
Adult MPBs are tiny from 1/12-1/5 inch long. The insect stands out in the bottom of a sweep net with its black forewings with white patches which from a distance forms an ‘X’ shape....More
The Natural Resources Conservation Service can assist growers with promoting honey bee and pollinator health through plantings (cover crops, hedgerows) and management. Financial assistance is also available....More
In early July, the nut fill in the pistachio orchards of the southern San Joaquin Valley was progressing well, reports veteran pistachio grower and consultant Carl Fanucchi, Fanucchi Diversified Management, Inc., Bakersfield, Calif....More
With California’s walnut orchards showing signs of producing a better crop than last year and walnut prices in early July higher than a year earlier, long-time Sutter County walnut grower Pete Jelavich was upbeat about the market potential for this year’s crop....More