New detection tests could help citrus growers and homeowners determine if citrus trees have the deadly citrus tree disease Huanglongbing in 2-3 months; versus the current test which takes 1-1.5 years....More
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