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ACP-HLB Task Force Recommends ACP Treatment in Bakersfield

To prevent Asian citrus psyllid populations from developing in Kern County this fall, the San Joaquin Valley ACP-HLB Task Force recommends growers with citrus blocks east and south of Bakersfield make a soil-applied imidacloprid treatment or a foliar-applied Actara treatment before mid-September. Over the past several years, psyllid detections in Kern County have usually occurred in the fall – starting in September …

USDA to Survey Fruit Growers about Chemical Use

In the next few weeks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey fruit growers in 12 states, including California, for its biennial Fruit Chemical Use Survey. Growers across the nation will provide information on bearing acreage, pest management practices, fertilizer types, and application rates for more than 21 fruit crops. “Growers benefit from providing this …

Argentine Ant Inhibits Biocontrol Options for Deadly Citrus Pests

Growers want to minimize their pesticide use in the orchard; but when you have invasive pests like the Argentine Ant protecting aphids and psyllids from natural predators, your options are limited.  Watch this brief interview with Greg Simmons from the USDA-APHIS as he explains and read more about it in California Fresh Fruit Magazine.

Marcy Martin Named CA Citrus Research Board President

Marcy L. Martin was named today as the new president of the Citrus Research Board (CRB). The appointment was announced by CRB Chairman Dan Dreyer, who said that Martin was selected after a nearly year-long national search for the very best candidate to lead the organization. Martin joins the CRB with more than 25 years of experience with California commodity organizations. She …

Friant Water Authority Shares Blueprint to Save Central Valley Farmland & Water

With the tasking demands of Sustainable Groundwater Management Act coming down on California farmers, a considerable amount of farmland will have to be retired and will have a severe economic impact on the Central Valley.  But there has to be a way to meet the demands of the state without devastating our farming communities.  Watch this brief interview with Friant …

CLas-Positive ACP Detection Near Tijuana

An Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) sample – confirmed positive for Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus (CLas) – was collected approximately seven miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border on the eastern outskirts of Tijuana, Mexico earlier this month. This area does not have any commercial citrus production or nurseries nearby. This is the first time that a CLas-positive psyllid sample has been found …

California Fresh Fruit Association Hires New Director of Member Services and Communications

Fresno, California – The California Fresh Fruit Association (CFFA) today announced the hiring of Courtney Razor as its new Director of Member Services and Communications. Mrs. Razor comes to the Association after serving as the Chief Operations Officer for the Fresno County Farm Bureau for the last six and a half years. In her role at the Fresno County Farm Bureau, Mrs. Razor managed …

Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI)

The purpose of the SCRI program is to address the critical needs of the specialty crop industry by awarding grants to support research and extension that address key challenges of national, regional, and multi-state importance in sustaining all components of food and agriculture, including conventional and organic food production systems. Projects must address at least one of five focus areas: …

Spotted Wing Drosophila Control in Cherries

If the birds don’t get to your cherries, Spotted Wing Drosophila will, injecting their larvae right into the fruit. Watch this brief video with UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Kent Daane as he shares how to manage this pest that has managed to spread all over the United States. Read more about orchard pest and disease management in California Fresh Fruit …

Managing Cytospora Canker in Prunes

Cytospora Canker has become a more prevalent problem for prune growers in recent years, and although pruning it out of the orchard is the number one priority regarding treatment of it, there are a few other practices that can be applied to mitigate this fungal pathogen.  Watch this brief interview with Franz Niederholzer, Farm Advisor from the UC Cooperative Extension, …

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