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Sterile Insect Facility to Aid Growers with Navel Orangeworm Management

Sterile Insect Facility to Aid Growers with Navel Orangeworm Management

Researchers and growers are tackling the formidable tree nut pest Navel Orangeworm from all fronts.  One method underway is in utilizing the same sterile insect technology and facility that eradicated pink bollworm from the cotton industry years ago.  There have been some challenges in adapting the system for Navel Orangeworm, as shared by Bob Klein from the Pistachio Research Board; …

Concern for Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption

Concern for Navel Orangeworm Mating Disruption

Navel Orangeworm has become a serious pest in California for many agricultural commodities, especially for tree nuts.  Mating disruption technology has proven to be a critical tool in managing this pest; however some growers may have concerns with utilizing this technology on their farms.  Check out this brief interview with Brad Higbee, now Field Research & Development Manager for Trece, …

New Hazelnut Pest Management Guide for the Willamette Valley

Oregon State University just released their 2019 updated hazelnut pest management guide for growers in the Willamette Valley, including pesticide and fungicide use guidelines (products, rates and application timing). The chemicals, formulations, and rates listed for insect, mite, and disease control are among the best recommendations based on label directions, research, and orchard use experience. Only a thorough knowledge of …

ABC Funds $1 Million in Navel Orangeworm Research

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The Almond Board of California recently approved funding of $1 million dollars of a Navel Orangeworm Sterile Insect Technique research project. This is the single largest production research project ever funded by the Almond Board. The Almond Board of California (ABC) has been funding Navel Orangeworm (NOW) research for over twenty years and has made great progress in determining various …

Understanding Coyotes & How to Manage/Deter Them

Once confined mostly to the Great Plains of North America, coyotes have spread across much of the continent, and can be a real threat and nuisance to farming communities. Check out this brief interview with USDA Wildlife Specialist Derek Milsaps, as he offers some recommendations on how to identify and deal with these pests. Read more about it in the …

Invasive Nutria Damages CA Waterways — Requesting Farmer Assistance!

Rodents of unusual size —California has got them! The new kid on the block is Nutria, a semiaquatic rodent, that has invaded California’s waterways, and is doing a lot of damage.  USDA is asking farmers for help in locating these pests to be removed. Derek Milsaps from USDA-APHIS presented some information on this pest at the Tree & Vine Expo …

USDA to Support Marketing of Record Breaking Pistachio Crop

If you missed Richard Matoian’s State of the Pistachio Industry Address at the Annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, be sure to check out his brief video interview as he shares where the industry currently stands in production and marketing trends.  He also discusses the impact of the international trade dispute and its impact on the pistachio industry, and …

Effective use of Mating Disruption in Navel Orangeworm Control Program

Malcolm Media’s Tree & Vine Expo was once again a big hit for growers & crop consultants looking to get a better grip on pest management in their orchards.  One of the seminars featured UC IPM Advisor Jhalendra Rijal who shared how to more effectively incorporate mating disruption in their navel orangeworm control programs.  Watch his brief interview and read …

Irrigation Tips to Mitigate Almond Hull Rot & Bark Damage

The posting of this video is a little belated as almond harvest has already begun, but if you’ve had hull rot issues this season, be sure to watch this brief video interview with Nut Crops Advisor Mae Culumber as she provides some tips to prevent hull rot and trunk damage through better irrigation practices, as explained at a mid-July Nut …

Three Tips on Managing Pocket Gophers

Pocket gophers can be very detrimental for growers, especially those with young orchards.  So how do you minimize populations of these pesky critters?  Watch this brief interview with Julie Finzel from the UC Cooperative Extension as she offers growers three quick tips for effective management.  Julie will also be addressing growers on wildlife issues at the upcoming Grape, Nut & …

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