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
Beach Line Citrus LLC, Niland, Calif., is among about a dozen entrepreneurial growers in Imperial County and neighboring Yuma County, Ariz. adding olives to their crop pedigree, or with plantings on the drawing boards....More
Weeds found on field margins and ditch banks can provide insect pests with suitable resources for rapid population growth which subsequently can lead to insect infestations occurring in adjacent vegetable crops....More
Texas A&M plant pathologist Erik Mirkov is using protein genes called definsins from the spinach plant to create transgenic citrus trees which act as a protective shield against the devastating citrus disease Huanglongbing....More
Summer is the perfect time for soil solarization in the Desert Southwest. The solarization of soil is accomplished by covering moist soil with clear plastic, allowing the sun’s energy to heat the soil over a period of time. This practice helps kill plant pathogenic fungi in the soil....More
Desert Springs Tilapia is an aquaculture farm located in the southwestern Arizona low desert in Dateland making great strides toward sustainable farming. A unique feature of the farm is the use of a water source which has proven inadequate for raising crops, including cotton, historically grown in this area....More
Australia's wild dog hunters can’t keep up. A bullet to the head or heart brings $500 per dog — but it doesn’t matter. Tens of thousands of wild dogs are breeding faster than the hunters can track and shoot. Weighing in at up to 70 pounds, the dogs are powerfully built, ripping and tearing flesh with astonishing speed. The livestock industry is under siege....More
You can be sure that as soon as the UN report on insect consumption was released, the bureaucrats who commissioned and championed the study were feasting away on steak and potatoes: “Do as I say, not as I do.”...More