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Why Walnut Hulls Can Turn Black and Mushy

If you’re seeing black, mushy walnuts on your trees, the walnut husk fly or vinegar flies may be the reason. Then, again, this damage could reflect environmental stresses or physiology of the tree, itself.

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Pollinators unlikely to make up for drop in this year’s Merced County Nonpareil production

With Merced County 2014’s almond harvest expected to finish in early October, the Nonpareil crop came in smaller than growers had anticipated at the start of the season. That reflects the trend throughout California’s Central Valley orchards.

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Rising to some tough challenges, California pistachio growers wrap up a successful season

With an estimated 85 percent to 90 percent of this year’s harvest completed by the third week of September, California’s 2014 pistachio production is expected to total close to last year’s 475-million-pound (in-shell) crop.

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Tulare County ACP quarantine now county wide

Psyllids discovered in cities of Tulare and Bakersfield
California Department of Food and Agriculture expands Tulare County's Asian citrus psyllid quarantine to countywide with latest finds.

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Monsanto to fund new insect management program

Awards offered for pest research for US row crops
Monsanto offers competitive grants to research pest management practices

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CDFA offers grants to fund water-efficient technology

California grant program to help fund installation of water-efficient technology on farms

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CAPCA Education Seminar, Nov. 19, Santa Clarita


Santa Clarita Activities Center
20880 Centre Point Parkway
Santa Clarita, CA 91350
United States

A CAPCA Education CE Seminar on Nov. 19 in Santa Clarita, Calif. will address issues like bleeding trees, surface water regulations, invasive plants and Foamy bark canker, a new disease found in Coast Live Oak in California.

Pre-registration for the half-day event is $40 if paid by Nov. 5. Late or on-site registration is $60.

The event takes place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Santa Clarita Activities Center, 20880 Center Point Parkway, Santa Clarita, Calif.

Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Continuing education hours have been approved, including 4.0 DPR hours, 3.5 CCA hours, 3.5 ISA hours and 0.35 GCSAA education points.

For agenda information and to register, visit,-2014-santa-clarita-capca-ed-seminar/

For more information, contact Ariana Zamora, southern California CAPCA representative at (805) 704-3255, or at

CAPCA Education CE Seminar, Nov. 13, Tulare


Heritage Complex
4500 S. Laspina Street
Tulare, CA 93274
United States

A CAPCA Education CE seminar on Nov. 13 in Tulare will address a host of issues necessary for continuing education credits and professional licensing renewal.

The event takes place at the International Agri-Center’s Heritage Complex Banquet Hall, 4500 S. Laspina, Tulare, Calif. from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Registration and check-in begins at 7:30 a.m.

Pre-registration cost is $60 by Oct. 30. Cost includes lunch. Late or on-site registration is $80.

Topics of discussion include continuing education requirements and licensing renewal, almond bloom treatments and honey bee health issues, water quality issues, an update on VOC compliance requirements, Bio-Control in a pesticide-based IPM program, soilborne diseases in pistachios, emerging weed problems in California, and vole damage in citrus.

Continuing education hours have been approved, including 6.0 DPR hours, 5.5 CCA hours, 2.75 ISA hours, 0.45 GCSAA education points and 0.75 CDPH/Vector units.

For more information and to register, go to

Questions? Contact Lien Bahn, northern California CAPCA representative at (916) 928-1625, extension 205, or



California water board wants higher WDR fees

Ag groups outraged over rapid increase of permit prices
California Water Resources Control Board wants more fees to cover regulatory efforts

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DPR proposes Chlorpyrifos change to restricted-use pesticide

Public comments accepted through Nov. 12
Department of Pesticide Regulation proposes restricted-use label for Chlorpyrifos.

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Western Growers invests $250,000 on Prop 1 passage

The Western Growers Association will contribute $250,000 to help pass California’s Proposition 1 ballot proposal – a.k.a. the water bond measure.

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Alfalfa growers want improved USDA crop insurance program

Alfalfa growers weigh in on federal crop insurance during a recent listening session held in Woodland, Calif., conducted by USDA.

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Informational PSHB-FD Grower Meeting, Sept. 30, Escondido


California Center for the Arts, Salon 1 room
340 N. Escondido Blvd.
Escondido, CA 92024
United States

In response to the recent identification of Polyphagous shot hole borer/Fusarium dieback (PSHB/FD) in the Bear Valley Corridor area of Escondido, the California Avocado Commission has scheduled an informational grower meeting on Sept. 30.

Doctors' Eskalen, Paine, and Stouthamer will speak about the current PSHB/FD infestation in Escondido, plus steps growers should take to minimize the spread and infestation of the pest-disease complex.

The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. at the (new location) California Center for the Arts, Salon 1 room, 340 N. Escondido Blvd., Escondido, CA 92024

For more information regarding this issue, visit:

2014 California Association of Pest Control Advisers Annual Meeting, Oct. 19-21, Anaheim


Disneyland Hotel
1150 West Magic Way
Anaheim, CA 92802
United States

Registration is open for the annual California Association of Pest Control Advisers convention.

This year’s conference takes place Oct. 19-21 at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, Calif.

Discount park tickets and group rates at the resort hotels are available through the accomodations tab on the CAPCA website.

Visit the CAPCA website at for more information.

For questions, contact Dee Strowbridge at CAPCA, (916) 928-1625, extension 203 or


California Red Scale Workshop, Sept. 30, Exeter


Lindcove Research and Extension Center
22963 Carson Avenue
Exeter, CA 93221
United States

A few spots remain for a day-long course on identifying California red scale and parasite life stages. The course takes place Sept. 30 at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center, 22963 Carson Ave., Exeter, Calif.

Beth Grafton-Cardwell, director of the Lindcove REC will teach the course, which will include the armored scale problem and best management practices, a lecture on the life stages of California red scale, and a lecture on the life stages of Aphytis melinus and Comperiella bifasciata.

Cost of the workshop is $40, which includes lunch and classroom materials. Checks can be made to "UC Regents."

Participants are asked to bring a hand lens and 10-20 pieces of scale - infested fruit from their own orchards to the class. Remove all leaf and stem materials from the fruit before transporting it to the Lindcove REC to protect the center from the Asian citrus psyllid.

For more information, contact Anita Hunt at (559) 592-2408, ext. 151 and

Gallery: Honors for Kings County farm community

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2015 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium, Jan. 27-31, Sacramento


Sacramento Convention Center
1400 J St, Sacramento
Sacramento, CA
United States

The 2015 Unified Wine & Grape Symposium is scheduled for Jan. 27-31 at the Sacramento Convention Center in Sacramento, Calif.

A series of full-day meetings with dozens of industry volunteers has yielded a strong program for the 2015 Unified Symposium.

Register for these sessions on Oct. 28 when registration and housing officially opens.

The content focus is on emerging issues, trends and breakthroughs in grapegrowing, winemaking, marketing, and business.

Leaders and pioneers from around the globe are being recruited as expert panelists.

The Tuesday’s luncheon with a keynote speaker, first introduced last year, is being repeated in 2015. More information on the speaker and luncheon will be forthcoming on the website.

Image of Unified Registration & Housing Slated to Open October 28On Wednesday, the “landmark” 2015 State of the Industry general session promises to provide valuable information and business insights for the wine and grape industry for the coming year. Confirmed presenters include:

  • Francesca Schuler, BevMo (moderator)
  • Nat DiBuduo, Allied Grape Growers
  • Jon Fredrikson, Gomberg, Fredrikson & Associates
  • Mike Veseth, Wine Economist Blog & The University of Puget Sound

Exhibit Tours will take place for a second year on Thursday. These tours, presented in English and Spanish, proved very popular last time and are expanded for 2015.

So mark your calendar for Oct. 28 and plan to visit the Unified Symposium website, where you can browse the list of hotels offering special rates and register for the industry’s largest trade show and symposium. The latest event developments, updates, and more will be posted on the site regularly!

Raisin crop comes in short on tonnage

California’s 2014 raisin grape crop was expected to be off the vines and lying on drying trays before Sept. 20. That’s the deadline for growers to have them on the ground to qualify for insurance should rain damage the grapes before they are picked up and put into bins.

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Lake County grower’s choice of vine and wines honors family heritage

Like most California wine grape growers, Nick Buttitta, started this year’s harvest earlier than usual – in his case, in mid-September, about a week sooner than normal.

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Early-harvest spot market prices soften for all but one North Coast wine grape variety

Sustained growth of California wine sales have kept prices steady for an estimated 90 percent to 95 percent of the state’s 2014 grapes used in making these wines.

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