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Cheminova's Cercobin fungicide has CA-AZ approval

Cercobin fungicide receives California DPR approval

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Coyotes a human, fiscal danger in grape vineyards

Ranchers are not the only folks who should be wary of coyotes. Grape growers make the list as well.

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World Ag Expo smartphone app ready for download

Just type in the phrase ‘2015 World Ag Expo’ in your Smartphone app store, download the program, and you’ll have the best technology at your fingertips to help create a more successful World Expo experience.

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Ag at Large: Trapping insects with their favorite odors

USDA researchers have isolated four different chemicals from wine and vinegar that attract spotted wing drosophila (SWD) fruit flies which attack fruit. The aroma-producing chemicals have been combined with a pesticide lethal to the flies.

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H.J. Baker launches Tiger XP sulphur-bentonite fertilizer

The H.J. Baker Company has released Tiger XP, a new sulphur-bentonite fertilizer with a propriety activator which the company says provides farmers with a well-balanced nutrient replacement program.
The timely application of new TIGER XP can address early season soil sulphate deficiencies with more plant available sulphate during critical early growth stages. It offers higher sulphate levels throughout the entire growing season.

H.J. Baker says Tiger XP can help growers achieve a balanced soil fertility program to help improve yields.

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Garlic and Onion Symposium, Feb. 9, Tulare

Garlic and onion symposium in Tulare, Calif. Feb. 9, 2015


Tulare Agricultural Center
4437 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274
United States

The 2015 California Garlic and Onion Symposium takes place Feb. 9 at the Tulare Agricultural Center, 4437 S. Laspina, Tulare, Calif.

Registration starts at 8:15 a.m. The event runs until 3 p.m. with lunch provided by allied industry and the California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board.

Cost to attend is free. RSVP to Terri Gonzalez at (559) 241-7515 so an accurate lunch count can be made.

An agenda is as follows:

8:55 a.m. – Welcome

9 a.m. – California Garlic and Onion Research Advisory Board update: Kevin Lehar, CAGORAB

9:20 a.m. – California Ground Water Coalition Information: Parry Klassen, East San Joaquin Water Coalition

9:40 a.m. – Implications of Food Safety Modernization Act: Clint Shock, Oregon State University

10 a.m. – Downy mildew, neck rot and onion maggot efficacy comparisons: Mary Ruth McDonald, University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada

10:20 a.m. – Tulelake weed control study update: Rob Wilson, Intermountain Research Station Director, Tulelake.

10:40 a.m. – Break

11:10 a.m. – Pesticide registration updates: industry representatives

Noon – Lunch: courtesy CAGORAB and allied industry

1 p.m. – Pesticide label updates: Industry representatives

1:40 p.m. – Evaluation of integrated strategies for white rot control: Mike Davis, UC Davis

2 p.m. – Site specific management of white rot evaluation: Tom Turini, UCCE Fresno

2:20 p.m. – Analysis of active compounds in garlic juice: Michael Wian, Oregon State University

2:40 p.m. – Evaluation of onion soil amendment to control white rot: Jeremiah Dung, Oregon State University

3 p.m. – Adjourn

3:15 p.m. – CAGORAB board of directors meeting

CE hours from DPR and CCA have been requested.

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Bayer CropScience launches Sivanto insecticide

Bayer CropScience (Bayer) has announced that its Sivanto insecticide received registration from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and will be available for the 2015 growing season.

Sivanto precisely targets key damaging pests at multiple insect life stages and delivers the rapid knockdown of sucking pests while helping safeguard beneficial insects. This helps to prevent damage to plants and help minimize the spread of diseases from insect carriers.

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The promise of new technology for regional control of navel orangeworm

The recent introduction of a stable female-like navel orangeworm pheromone for monitoring adult males marks a big step forward in the decades-long effort by researchers to develop an index for determining when the navel orangeworm population in an orchard is large enough that an insecticide application makes sense, economically.

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Almond co-op members ride a roller-coaster season to a happy ending

Despite a finger-crossing start, the 2014 crop year ended surprisingly well for members of the Central California Almond Growers Association.

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California walnut market takes an unexpected hit from several sides

For a while early last November, it appeared that the market for the 2014 crop was thumbing its nose at basic economic laws.

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Pros-cons of subsurface drip irrigation in western alfalfa

Some alfalfa growers using subsurface drip irrigation report a 2.5-ton- per-acre increase over flood irrigation.

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Field Crops Clinic, Feb. 4, Avondale


Raul and Theresa's Restaurant
519 West Main Street
Avondale, AZ
United States

The University of Arizona (UA) Cooperative Extension will conduct a Field Crops Clinic on Feb. 4 in Avondale, Ariz.

The clinic will be held from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Raul and Theresa’s Restaurant, 519 West Main St. All speakers are with UA.


8:45 – Registration, introductions

9:00 - Bt Cotton Variety Trial Results - Randy Norton and Ayman Mostafa

9:15 – FSA Farm Program Decisions: Selecting Price Loss Coverage or Agricultural Risk Coverage – Russ Tronstad

10:00 - Growing Season Weather and Water Supply Conditions – Paul Brown

10:15 - Alfalfa Nutrient Management – Shawna Loper

10:45 - Update on Stink Bug Research – Peter Ellsworth

11:15 - A New PCA-Grower Tool for Managing Resistance – Peter Ellsworth

12:00 - Lunch and discussion on pest and crop management practices

12:30 - Managing Weed Populations for Sustainable Control – Bill McCloskey

1:15 - Aphid and Hopper Managements in Alfalfa in Arizona – Ayman Mostafa

New California law seeks to cap groundwater overdraft

Trio of California law seeks to put cap on groundwater pumping, restore balance to aquifers

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Hoyt predicts lower 2015 western alfalfa hay prices

Western alfalfa growers will likely see lower prices in 2015.

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98 percent of U.S. cotton farms are family operated

Newspaper, website, and magazine headlines which assert that corporations - not families – operate the majority of U.S. farms are simply preposterous. Most farmers and ranchers already know this yet it is disheartening how many of the John Q. Public falls for such nonsense.

If you have never heard of George Frisvold, remember his name. Frisvold is a professor and Cooperative Extension specialist with the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Arizona.

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Agribiz: Gowan USA receives federal registration for Zing! fungicide

State registrations expected

Gowan USA announces federal registration for Zing! fungicide use in potato, tomato, cucurbits, and onions. With federal registration achieved, state registrations should soon follow.

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Dithane F-45 Rainshield fungicide registered for walnuts

Dow AgroSciences has received U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and California Department of Pesticide Regulation approval for Dithane F-45 Rainshield fungicide use in walnuts.

Dithane F-45 provides control of walnut blight.

The active ingredient in Dithane F-45 is mancozeb, an EBDC class of chemistry fungicide from the FRAC Group M3. When mixed with copper, Dithane F-45 provides control of walnut blight.

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Tickets available for World Ag Expo ‘Farmer’s Lunch’ with AG Kawamura

Join California farm leader AG Kawamura for a noon-time meal and conversation during the new “Farmer’s Lunch” on Thursday, Feb. 12 during the 2015 World Ag Expo in Tulare, Calif.

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Will drought, ports issue create 'Perfect Storm' for Ag?

Does the ports slowdown and drought combine to create 'perfect storm' for American agriculture?

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California Plant and Soil Conference, Feb. 4-5, Fresno


Fresno Hotel and Conference Center
2223 Ventura St.
Fresno, CA
United States

The California Plant and Soil Conference will be held Feb. 4-5 in Fresno, Calif.

The meeting location is the Fresno Hotel and Conference Center, 2233 Ventura St., in downtown Fresno.

The theme of the conference is “California Water:  Balancing Quality and Quantity”


Day 1 – Feb. 4

Registration starts at 9 a.m. Session starts at 9:50 a.m.

Keynote Address: Thomas Harter, UC Davis, “The Future of Groundwater Use and Protection in California’s Agricultural Regions”

Concurrent sessions: 10:55a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Session 1 - Professional development

Exploring soil survey information with SoilWeb Apps - Toby O'Geen UC Davis, Dept. of LAWR

On-farm research and testing - Making good evaluations – Scott Stoddard, UCCE Merced

Fostering effective teams - Linda Marie Manton, UCCE Davis

Session 2 - Water re-use: Non-conventional water for irrigation

Strategies for irrigating with saline water - Blake Sanden, UCCE Kern County

Overview of recycled water quality and landscape plants - Nelda Matheny, Hort Science, Inc.

Use of reclaimed municipal water for vegetable irrigation; a grower’s perspective - Dale Huss, Ocean Mist Farms


Concurrent sessions: 1:30 - 2:50 p.m.

Session 3 - Pest management

Effects of drought conditions on weed control performance, Herbicide Fate - Brad Hanson, UC Davis

Drought-mediated effects on vector movement and pathogen spread, Xylella-elicited diseases - Rodrigo Krugner, USDA-ARS

Botryosphaeria canker and blight of walnut – management - Themis Michailides, UC Kearney REC

Session 4 - Water management in the face of changing supplies

Weather prediction - Steve Johnson, Steve Johnson Meteorology

Current groundwater supplies and subsidence risks - Ken Schmidt, Kenneth Schmidt and Associates

Working with uncertain supplies and new groundwater regulations - Sarge Green, California State University, Fresno

Concurrent sessions: 3:20 - 4:40 p.m.

Session 5 - Water related management issues

Deficit irrigation of cotton - Bob Hutmacher, University of California, Davis Cooperative Extension and UC West Side REC

Subsurface drip irrigation of alfalfa - Benefits and pitfall - Dan Putnam, UCCE

Irrigation strategies for grapevines in the San Joaquin Valley - Comparison table and wine grape vineyards - Larry Williams, UC Davis

Session 6 - Practical applications of nitrogen management strategies

Panel discussion: Practical issues in nitrogen management - Tim Hartz, UC Davis; Danyal Kasapligil, Dellavalle Laboratories; and Daniel Geisseler, UC Davis

Evening social and poster session - 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Day 2 – Feb. 5

Concurrent sessions - 8:30 – 9:50 a.m.

Session 7 – Manure, compost, organic amendments

Use of organic matter amendments in permanent crops - Dan Shellenberg and Patrick Brown, UC Davis

Implications of timing on N release from organic amendments - David Crohn and Namratha Reddy, UC Riverside

Composting to manage on-farm water and improve soil health - Bob Martin and Jocelyn Gretz, Rio Farms

Session 8 - Salinity responses – management

Overview of CV salts and development of salinity standards to protect crops - John Dickey, Plan Tierra LLC

Impact of salinity on pistachio rootstocks - Jessie Godfrey, UC Davis

Salinity stress in almond - How do rootstocks, cultivars, and ionic composition make a difference? - Baris Kutman, UC Davis

Concurrent sessions - 10:20 – 11:40 a.m.

Session 9 - Monitoring options “Measure to Manage”

Imperial Valley salinity management program – Khaled Bali, UCCE Imperial County

Infrared thermometry – Smartfield system capabilities and experiences - Tom Speed, Smartfield Technologies

Discussing irrigation scheduling principles with producers – Are we making it more difficult than necessary? -Dan Johnson, USDA-NRCS

Session 10 - Management and mitigation of nitrate in crop production

Denitrification beds for removing nitrate from tile drain water - Tim Hartz, UC Davis

Fertilizer value of nitrate in irrigation water for lettuce production - Michael Cahn, UCCE Monterey County

Managing nitrogen in perennial crops - Patrick Brown, Saiful Muhammad, and Sebastian Saa – UC Davis

Business meeting and lunch – Noon – 1:45 p.m.

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