Orchard Crops http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6041/more en Bakersfield enlists biological tool in ACP war http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/bakersfield-enlists-biological-tool-acp-war <div class="field-deck"> Kern is first San Joaquin Valley location to use Tamarixia for ACP control </div> <div class="node-body article-body">For the first time since California enlisted biological control methods in its war against the Asian citrus psyllid, the state has moved reinforcements to the Central Valley. Bakersfield becomes the first San Joaquin Valley city to enlist a tiny parasitic wasp – Tamarixia radiata – to help fight the ACP in the state’s urban battle against the invasive pest that can kill citrus trees. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/bakersfield-enlists-biological-tool-acp-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/bakersfield-enlists-biological-tool-acp-war#comments Orchard Crops Wed, 24 Aug 2016 20:50:00 +0000 169391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>David Morgan, biological control program manager with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, releases tiny parasitic wasps on an orange tree in a Bakersfield neighborhood. It is hoped the biological control efforts can reduce ACP numbers in the city, which have exploded in recent months.</p> Two new HLB finds in Southern California http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/two-new-hlb-finds-southern-california <div class="field-deck"> State continues to find diseased citrus in San Gabriel Valley </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease, continues to spread across southern California.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/two-new-hlb-finds-southern-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/two-new-hlb-finds-southern-california#comments Orchard Crops Crops Thu, 11 Aug 2016 23:03:00 +0000 169171 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Citrus growers and homeowners are urged to regularly inspect their citrus trees for signs of the Asian citrus psyllid.</p> 2015 Fresno County crop value slides 6.5 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-fresno-county-crop-value-slides-65-percent <div class="field-deck"> Reduction tied to drought water reductions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fresno County agricultural value dropped 6 percent in 2015. County has fallen from top spot as leading producer of food and fiber in the United States.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-fresno-county-crop-value-slides-65-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-fresno-county-crop-value-slides-65-percent#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:21:00 +0000 169071 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almonds remain the most-valuable single crop produced in Fresno County, accounting for $1.2 billion to growers&nbsp;in 2015.</p> Mandarin plantings continue to increase in California http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/mandarin-plantings-continue-increase-california <div class="field-deck"> Consumer demand pushes higher mandarin plantings </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Overall citrus acreage in California is up about 1 percent though on a variety basis the figures are a mixed bag – or box – as the case may be. While Navel oranges remain the most popular citrus variety in the state at over 120,000 bearing and non-bearing acres, orange plantings declined in the past two years as the popularity of easy-peel mandarin varieties continues to win favor with consumers and by default, growers. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/mandarin-plantings-continue-increase-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/mandarin-plantings-continue-increase-california#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Tue, 09 Aug 2016 00:23:00 +0000 169051 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California citrus growers are planting more mandarins in response to consumer demand for the small easy-to-peel, low-seed fruit.</p> Citrus industry partners with university in ACP fight http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/citrus-industry-partners-university-acp-fight <div class="field-deck"> New research greenhouse will boost beneficial insect production </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The new facility on the Cal Poly Pomona campus will support research and rearing of the Tamarixia radiata wasp, a natural enemy of the ACP. The wasp was discovered by University of California researchers several years ago in Pakistan and brought back to the United States under permit with the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Production of Tamarixia already take place at a state facility in nearby Riverside, Calif., but those numbers – about two million insects per year – are not enough as the psyllid continues to expand its footprint across California. Psyllids have been found as far north as the Bay Area and the northern San Joaquin Valley.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/citrus-industry-partners-university-acp-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/citrus-industry-partners-university-acp-fight#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Wed, 27 Jul 2016 22:33:00 +0000 168821 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A research greenhouse like this one was recently completed on the campus of Cal Poly Pomona. From left, citrus grower Nick Hill, chairman of the California Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program; California Citrus Mutual Board Chairman Kevin Severns; CCM President Joel Nelsen and Cal Poly Pomona President Soraya Coley were on hand to dedicate a new citrus research greenhouse, which will increase efforts to rear parasitic wasps used for biological control measures against the ACP.</p> High-tech answers sought for farm labor shortages http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/high-tech-answers-sought-farm-labor-shortages <div class="node-body article-body">Labor issues remain a key concern of growers and food processors, according to Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer for Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association that represents about half of the nation’s fruit, vegetable and tree nut production in Arizona, California and Colorado. “Our labor supply is at a critical stage right now, as is our water supply,” Nassif said. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/high-tech-answers-sought-farm-labor-shortages" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/high-tech-answers-sought-farm-labor-shortages#comments Orchard Crops Vegetables Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:08:00 +0000 168721 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Harold McClarty, left, Samuel Duda, center, and Tom Nassif discuss the challenges of agricultural labor shortages at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, Calif.</p> Commentary: On the “hunt” in California citrus groves http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/commentary-hunt-california-citrus-groves <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee: Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="field-deck"> ACP-Huanglongbing </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and the disease it carries represent perhaps the worst threat to the California citrus industry in its colorful history. Pulling out all the stops to control the insect includes something we all know and love &ndash; dogs.</p> <p>In June, a team of researchers mostly from Florida visited several prominent citrus production sites in California with a group of dogs known for their ability to sniff out a different troublesome insect pest, the one that spreads citrus canker.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/commentary-hunt-california-citrus-groves" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/commentary-hunt-california-citrus-groves#comments Orchard Crops Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:35:00 +0000 168691 at http://westernfarmpress.com Public comments sought on proposed almond fee hike http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/public-comments-sought-proposed-almond-fee-hike <div class="field-deck"> Aug. 2 public comment deadline </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Public comments accepted on proposed almond assessment hike through Aug. 2</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/public-comments-sought-proposed-almond-fee-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/public-comments-sought-proposed-almond-fee-hike#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:51:00 +0000 168601 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Almond Board of California has asked the USDA to increase the assessment charged to almond handlers in order to boost funding for marketing efforts over the next three years.</p> UC report cites figures needed to profitably grow olives http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-report-cites-figures-needed-profitably-grow-olives <div class="field-deck"> Table olives and those for oil looked at in two separate studies </div> <div class="node-body article-body">University of California study looks at costs needed to produce table olives and those grown for oil production in northern California's Sacramento Valley.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-report-cites-figures-needed-profitably-grow-olives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/uc-report-cites-figures-needed-profitably-grow-olives#comments Orchard Crops Fruits Mon, 11 Jul 2016 01:36:00 +0000 168471 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Olives are alternate-bearing fruit, meaning they tend to produce larger crops one year and smaller crops the following year.</p> Duvall: Farm labor solution pivotal to economic viability http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/duvall-farm-labor-solution-pivotal-economic-viability <div class="field-byline"> Lee Allen, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Agriculture grows differently in the West as Georgia poultry, cattle, and hay farmer Vincent Mearl &ldquo;Zippy&rdquo; Duvall is finding out.</p> <p>Duvall, elected the 12<sup>th</sup> president of the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) in January, answers to about six million member families across the 50 states and Puerto Rico. In late June, he was on the road on a meet-and-greet tour of member states, including Utah, Arizona, and California.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/duvall-farm-labor-solution-pivotal-economic-viability" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/duvall-farm-labor-solution-pivotal-economic-viability#comments Orchard Crops Thu, 07 Jul 2016 20:27:00 +0000 168431 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Farm Bureau leaders - from left, Zippy Duvall, American Farm Bureau president, and his wife Bonnie; Kenny Evans, former Arizona Farm Bureau&nbsp;president; and Janel&nbsp;and Kevin Rogers. Kevin is the current AZFB president.&nbsp;</p> Arizona Farm Bureau