Westside (Calif.) growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere focus on survival tactics through new permanent crop plantings to improve the family farm and offset the effects of zero percent surface water allocations this drought year in the Westlands Water District.
Orius spp. (Anthocoridae family) are valuable natural enemies in cotton and abundant throughout the season.
There are two species in Arizona – Orius tristicolor and O. insidiosus, referred to as minute (pronounced my – nute’) pirate bugs (MPB).
Adult MPBs are tiny from 1/12-1/5 inch long. The insect stands out in the bottom of a sweep net with its black forewings with white patches which from a distance forms an ‘X’ shape....More
Since last December, the California Alfalfa & Forage Association has been engaged on a multi-agency project entitled ‘Identifying and Maintaining Critical Uses of Chlorpyrifos in Alfalfa, Almonds, Citrus, and Cotton.’...More
Alfalfa is the the cornerstone of the largest dairy industry in the nation, the essential ingredient in producing healthy “grass fed” beef, and one of the mainstays of our ports’ westbound container traffic....More
Arizona members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers hear an optimistic economic review for Arizona crops last year, plus a mostly bullish forecast for the 2014 crop year, despite tightening water availability....More
The five top ways to improve western-state alfalfa yield and profitability involve irrigation management, cutting schedules, fertilization, proper stand establishment, and herbicide timing, says the University of California's Steve Orloff....More