Vegetables en Insecticide efficacy trials at Yuma Agricultural Center <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>There are many&nbsp;insecticides on the market today and finding the right product for the right pest and the right plant&nbsp;in commercial agriculture can be quite a challenge for growers.</p> <p>Among these agricultural researchers who test insecticides in field trials includes&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:57:00 +0000 161931 at Latest insecticides improve efficacy against produce pests <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With the 2015-2016 winter produce season underway in the low desert, a large blip on the radar screens for growers and their crop advisers is pest threats.</p> <p>Produce insect pests are broken down into eight categories, including whitefly, worms, leafminer, aphids, thrips, and others. Thanks to evolving chemical technology, the good news is the produce industry has a tool box full of effective insecticides to combat pests.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Thu, 24 Sep 2015 23:28:00 +0000 161921 at <p><strong>Entomologist John Palumbo of the University of Arizona, pictured in a new cantaloupe planting, conducts insecticidal efficacy trials at the Yuma Agricultural Center at Yuma to help desert produce growers and crop advisers make better informed decisions on pest control in produce.</strong></p> Ag at Large - Study reveals California farm worker stability <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee, Ag at Large Commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A new study shows that the enormous farm work force in California - more than 800,000 by some counts - is becoming increasingly stable, and the need for it is growing in spite of gains made by mechanical harvesting.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Statistics reveal that about 60 percent of farm workers work for one employer, and those who shift from one work location to another only change once during a season.</p> <p>The percentage of workers who are undocumented (here illegally) has decreased by 10 percent in the past 10 years.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Nuts Fri, 18 Sep 2015 22:12:00 +0000 161801 at Precision Laboratories introduces Tolero for improved water efficiency <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Water insecurity, regulations, and increased demand, combined with an increasing population, makes it more critical than ever for growers to feed the world with less water and energy.</p> <p>To address these concerns, Precision Laboratories introduces the product Tolero, an irrigation injection surfactant proven to increase crop yields while reducing irrigation water and the energy needed to move it.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Drought Citrus Grapes Nuts Mon, 14 Sep 2015 15:36:00 +0000 161641 at Heavy rains flood just-planted winter vegetables in Yuma, Ariz. area <div class="field-byline"> Joyce Lobeck, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="field-deck"> Nolte: Winter vegetable shortage possible early this winter </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Mother Nature gave the newly launched winter produce season in the Yuma area quite a kick-off this week with too much of a good thing.</p> <p>A thunderstorm on Sept. 8 brought to the nation&rsquo;s winter salad bowl what one observer described as &ldquo;tremendous winds, unbelievable lightning, and hurricane-strength rains&rdquo; which over a three-hour period drenched tender young vegetable crops in some areas with up to five inches of water.</p> <p>A typical irrigation application is about three inches over three days.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Flooding Fri, 11 Sep 2015 14:54:00 +0000 161611 at <p>Workers dig through the mud Sept. 9&nbsp;to drain rain water off a newly-planted produce field in the Yuma Valley. Photo by Kurt Nolte.</p> Pass the ketchup – California breaks processing tomato record <div class="node-body article-body"><p>2015 California processing tomato contracted production is forecast at 14.5 million tons, 4 percent higher than last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).</p> <p>Average processing tomato yields are about 49.5 tons per acre. The total acreage for harvested tomatoes is 293,000 acres, a 3-percent increase over last year.</p> <p>California tomato growers produce more than 90 percent of the nation&#39;s processed tomatoes and nearly half of the world&#39;s total processed tomato tonnage, according to the California Tomato Growers Association.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Mon, 31 Aug 2015 23:15:00 +0000 161321 at Syngenta celebrates expanded R&D, seed production facility in Woodland, Calif. <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Syngenta on Aug. 12 held a grand re-opening for its newly expanded, $11.2 million research and development (R&amp;D) and seed production facility in Woodland, Calif.</p> <p>The company says the expansion demonstrates Syngenta&rsquo;s commitment to R&amp;D and seed production in California.</p> <p>The Woodland site is home to important cereals, corn, and vegetable R&amp;D, and vegetable seed production. Significant emphasis is placed on research for cucurbits (including watermelons, melons, and squash) and its role as host to the Global Cucurbits Center of Excellence.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Fri, 14 Aug 2015 21:31:00 +0000 160911 at <p>Syngenta&nbsp;Site Manager Craig Spielman is all smiles after cutting the ribbon on the company&rsquo;s new $11.2 million expansion in Woodland, Calif.&nbsp;Photo courtesy of the Western Plant Health Association.</p> EPA registers BASF’s Obvius fungicide seed treatment <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Obvius&nbsp;fungicide seed treatment from BASF has received full Environmental Protection&nbsp;Agency (EPA) registration for use on pulse, podded vegetables and canola.</p> <p>State registrations are forthcoming.<br /> Obvius has three unique modes of action which provide early broad spectrum seed and seedling disease control.&nbsp; The seed treatment is powered by Xemium&nbsp;fungicide and F500&nbsp;fungicide, the same active ingredients found in Priaxor&nbsp;fungicide, plus metalaxyl.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Thu, 06 Aug 2015 20:25:00 +0000 160751 at E. coli gets a boost from downy mildew in lettuce <div class="field-byline"> Kim Kaplan, U.S. Department of Agriculture </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p><em>Escherichia coli</em> O157:H7, a bacterium that causes foodborne illness in humans, is more likely to contaminate lettuce when downy mildew is already present, according to <a href="">U.S. Department of Agriculture</a> (USDA) scientists.</p> <p>Downy mildew, a lettuce disease caused by the fungus-like water mold <em>Bremia lactucae</em>, is one of the biggest problems facing lettuce growers.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Conditions and Diseases Thu, 30 Jul 2015 20:50:00 +0000 160511 at Clothianidin seed treatment for bagrada bug control <div class="field-byline"> John Palumbo, University of Arizona Extension scientist, Yuma County </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since the bagrada bug became established in low desert winter vegetable production in 2010, growers and pest control advisers have quickly found that preventing excessive feeding damage on newly-established crops is critical to the economics of broccoli production.</p> <p>Local surveys have estimated that the invasive stink bug annually infests more than 80 percent of the acreage in Arizona and southern California, resulting on average in more than 10 percent stand losses and plant injury to direct-seeded broccoli crops.</p> <p><o:p></o:p></p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Insecticides Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:20:00 +0000 160461 at A bagrada bug on a cantaloupe transplant. Photo by John Palumbo.