The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) in California has a new enemy. Researchers from the University of California, Riverside have imported an invasive pest from Pakistan that preys solely on the ACP. A parasitic wasp called Tamarixia radiate has been released in southern California to help slow the spread of the ACP. A second kind of parasitic wasp may soon be released, pending U.S. Department of Agricutlure approval.
The bagrada bug population has been heavy this year in cole crops. Pest control advisers are still actively battling the bagrada bug in cole crops, especially in Bard, and the Gila and Yuma Valleys....More
Growers, pest control advisers, and other industry representatives can learn about the latest technology available for low desert crop production in California and Arizona during the 2013 Fall Desert Crops Workshop Dec. 5 in El Centro, Calif....More
If you heard your most feared nemesis knocking on your door…would you open it? Probably not.
If you are a California or Arizona (western) commercial citrus grower, this is a mute question. Your worst nemesis may kick your door open anyway.
For about a decade, the western citrus industry has watched from afar as the once little known insect - the Asian citrus psyllid – slowly elevated itself to citrus-nightmare status in commercial citrus groves worldwide....More
Ken Keck is the California Citrus Research Board's new president who will help guide the organization to find research solutions against the citrus disease Huanglongbing and the Asian citrus psyllid insect....More
About a dozen of Jerry Cardenas’ 90 acres of strawberries were severely infected with the pallidosis-related decline disease. Of the two strawberry varieties grown, the most damage was in the San Andreas variety. The BG-1975 variety had less damage....More