Westside growers Bill Jones and his nephew Darcy Villere of Firebaugh, Calif. 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....More
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.
The best moisture soil sensor in the world is you and a shovel and a good boot, digging a hole and going down into the root zone. Yet that is not practical with large acreages so producers are turning to sensors....More
A change of scenery is always nice, particularly during Central California’s dog days of summer.
I recently got to re-explore the land of exceptional alfalfa hay, horseradish and potatoes, otherwise known as northeastern California. This region can easily be forgotten for its agricultural production if all one focuses on is the high-value counties in the center of the state....More
While unpredictable weather may delay application timing of spring herbicides, more growers are adding a burn down application in the fall to their weed management program.
Though the focus when applying a fall burn down is to control of winter annual weeds, a fall burn down provides numerous benefits for soil health and pest management....More
Evogene Ltd. and Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. (MBI) have signed a multi-year collaborative agreement targeting the joint discovery of novel modes of biological action for insect control, followed by the development and commercialization of new pest control products by each company.
The target insects for the collaboration will be Lygus Hesperus, a sucking insect also known as the western tarnished plant bug; and Spodoptera exigua, a chewing insect commonly known as beet armyworm.
Both insects cause significant damage to a variety of major crops....More
Attempts by the State of California to implement efforts to deal with the state’s drought – a three-year fry affair - get more ludicrous week after week. It’s unconscionable how California government turns a mostly deaf ear to water conservation and better water planning for inevitable dry spells by doing little - nada – zilch – to help resolve the problem.
One of the latest nonsensical ideas is the State Water Resources Control Board’s July 15 announced emergency regulation asking urban residents to reduce outside water use or face a fine....More
On June 9, the USDA designated Yuma County in southwestern Arizona as a primary natural disaster area due to recent drought.
Farmers and ranchers in La Paz, Maricopa, and Pima counties in Arizona also qualify for natural disaster assistance since these counties are contiguous.
Farmers and ranchers in California’s Imperial County also qualify for natural disaster assistance since the county is contiguous....More
Gowan Company, LLC has announced that its product Captiva, a natural repellent bio-insecticide, has received federal registration from the EPA.
Captiva controls thrips and spider mites and will be sold into a wide variety of specialty crop segments.
The registration represents a significant milestone as Captiva is the first product from Gowan’s distribution partnership pipeline with Ecoflora Agro to receive EPA registration....More