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USDA to Protect Hundreds of Crops from Invasive Fruit Flies

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has released “Fruit Fly Exclusion and Detection Program Fiscal Years 2024-2028 Strategy.” APHIS worked with members of the National Plant Board to develop a unified roadmap for USDA and its partners to protect American agriculture from the threat of invasive fruit flies and measure our progress along the …

UCCE Pear & Grape Field Day, May 28

UC Cooperative Extension is hosting a Pear and Grape Day on May 28, 2024. This is the first event of its kind and we hope to provide programming like this each year for growers in California’s north coast region. The event will focus on the intersection between pear and wine grape production in the north coast. Presentations will be given by experts from University …

Biological Control Considerations and Research for Lettuce Growers

Two of the worst pests plaguing lettuce growers in the Salinas Valley area are aphids, specifically lettuce-currant aphids (Nasovonia ribisnigri), and western flower thrips (Frankliniella occidentalis). Lettuce-currant aphid is an invasive pest that sets up shop in the heart of the lettuce plant and will render the crop unsellable when it reaches high enough numbers. Thrips can both cause cosmetic …

UCCE Lake County Olive Pruning Day, May 17

North coast olive growers are invited to attend the 2024 Lake County Pruning Olive Trees Day sponsored by the UC Cooperative Extension and the UC Davis Olive Center.  Bring your own lopper, clipper and small saw for this hands on training led by Drs. Louise Ferguson, Javier Salvador and Clebson Goncalves. The pruning day will take place at 2570 Soda …

CAWG Pushes Legislation to Streamline Ag Employee Housing

California ranks last in both housing affordability and availability, compared to the rest of the United States. This is having a major impact on California farm workers who are having to commute long distances to get to work or are otherwise struggling to get by. Watch this brief interview with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as they …

Season Opener Public Relations Event in San Diego County Spreads News of California Avocado Availability

California Avocado Commission — California avocado growers in the San Diego region are among the first to harvest their fruit, providing local grocers and consumers with a first taste of the season’s fresh crop. To generate excitement and build awareness among San Diego area shoppers about the start of the California avocado season, the California Avocado Commission invited nine well …

Tree Samples Needed For Avocado Sunblotch Viroid Disease Study

California Avocado Commission – Avocado sunblotch viroid is an established disease in California that causes symptoms on all plant parts including leaves, stem, seeds, roots and flowers. Asymptomatic infection also occurs. Those trees, which are referred to as symptomless carrier trees, contain higher concentrations of ASBVd compared to symptomatic. Existence of asymptomatic trees and the uneven distribution of viroid in …

Hass Avocado Board Election in Full Swing

Hass Avocado Board — Attention all U.S. producers and importers of Hass avocados. Bring your passion for the avocado industry’s growth to the Hass Avocado Board as a new board member and help shape the future of our industry. The Nomination, Voting and Selection Process for the 2024 Hass Avocado Board is in full swing. HAB announced 8 open seats …

Mexico Continues to Lead World Avocado Production

Mexico’s 2024 avocado production is forecast at 2.77 million metric tons (MMT), a five percent increase over 2023 on strong export demand. Production in 2023 reached 2.65 MMT, up four percent compared to the previous year. Exports totaled 1.4 MMT in 2023, a 17 percent increase year on year. The United States is the number one market for Mexico’s avocado exports, with …

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