4/24/2014 8:30:00 AM
Agriculture defines the culture of many regions in California
4/24/2014 8:00:00 AM
State decision will use water to flush Delta instead of help growers keep trees alive
California regulators will let citrus die rather than provide growers with enough water to keep trees alive
4/24/2014 8:00:00 AM
2014 is expected to be a difficult year for California almond producers. Water shortages throughout the Central Valley could mean reduced yields and narrow profit margins.
That, in turn, will put a premium on “Disease Management for California Almond Production,” which is the title of a new online continuing education course for California licensed agricultural professionals.
4/23/2014 9:11:00 AM
Favorable spring weather, including temperatures pushing into the mid-80s during the day before cooling down to the mid-40s at night, has resulted in good vine growth.
4/23/2014 9:04:00 AM
Among the top prized farm commodities in Arizona this past growing season included lemons and wine grapes.
4/23/2014 8:44:00 AM
Arizona members of the American Society of Farm Managers and Rural Appraisers hear an optimistic economic review for Arizona crops last year, plus a mostly bullish forecast for the 2014 crop year, despite tightening water availability.
4/23/2014 8:39:00 AM
A decent bloom combined with a strong nut set has set the stage for a promising almond crop for Stanislaus County growers.
4/23/2014 8:25:00 AM
Knocking out weeds early not only helps extend limited supplies of irrigation water, but, it can also help protect newly-planted pistachio trees from the deadly threat of false chinch bug.
4/23/2014 8:12:00 AM
Warmer than normal temperatures have pushed much of California’s raisin grape crop off to a fast start.
4/23/2014 8:00:00 AM
With the summer months just a stone’s throw away, crop growers in California and Arizona are farming at full throttle the 350-plus commodities grown in the two-state area.
4/23/2014 8:00:00 AM
Surface water allocations will determine if Leon Etchepare plants or fallows row crop fields this season and how much money he'll need to spend to keep his orchards alive.
4/23/2014 7:51:00 AM
The largest herbarium (plant museum) in the Southwest is located at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
4/22/2014 6:41:00 PM
The Nickels Soil Lab Annual Field Day is May 14 on Marine Ave. in Arbuckle, Calif. from 8:30 a.m. through lunch.
8:30 - Registration (coffee and Danish)
9:00 – Field topics
Monitoring soil moisture to guide irrigation decisions - Larry Schwankl, University of California, Davis
How well is your irrigation system performing? - Kevin Greer, Tehama County Resource Conservation District
Post-harvest canopy health and yield the next season - Ted DeJong, UC Davis
Applying crop evapotranspiration estimates in on-farm water management - Allan Fulton, UCCE
Measuring crop stress to make irrigation decisions - Rick Buchner, UCCE
Almond orchard hedging - Bruce Lampinen, UC Davis
Rootstock trial review - Franz Niederholzer, UCCE
Nitrogen cycle inhibitors - Martin Burger, UC Davis
12:15 pm – Lunch by reservation with proceeds benefitting the Pierce FFA program -
$12 prepaid and $15 at the door
Active groundwater management - An assessment of the Sacramento Valley’s groundwater resources - David Guy, Northern California Water Association; and Paul Gosselin, Butte County Department of Water and Resource Conservation.
The field day program is organized by Franz Niederholzer, UCCE Colusa-Sutter-Yuba counties.
Please RSVP to the UCCE Colusa Office at (530) 458-0570.
4/22/2014 11:26:00 AM
Veterans' Memorial Hall
1620 Solano St.
The University of California Cooperative Extension’s (UCCE) Sacramento Valley Olive Day is April 29 at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall, 1620 Solano St., Corning, Calif.
8:00 - Registration
8:30 - Agricultural Commissioner update - Doug Compton, Tehama County Agricultural Commissioner’s Office
9:00 - Mechanical harvest of table olives – research update - Louise Ferguson, UCCE
9:30 - Olive pest management districts update for Glenn and Tehama counties - speakers to be announced
Olive fly and brown marmorated stink bug identification - Dani Lightle, UCCE
10:00 - Alternate bearing in olive - Elizabeth Fichtner, UCCE
10:30 – Break
10:50 - Water management under drought cutbacks - Joe Connell, UCCE
11:20 - Olive oil market and future market potential - Paul Vossen, UCCE
12:00 - Lunch
Application made for continuing education credits.
To register, call (530) 865-1107, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 24.
4/22/2014 10:36:00 AM
New Goodyear Ultra Sprayer VF tire can carry 40 percent higher loads at the same inflation pressure as a standard radial or carry the same load at 40 percent lower inflation pressure.
4/22/2014 9:00:00 AM
Some U.S. beekeepers are questioning whether to continue coming to California and risk damage to hives, or stay home and make honey that sells for more than $2 per pound.
4/22/2014 8:31:00 AM
California agriculture continues to witness a decline in cotton acreage.
4/22/2014 8:25:00 AM
USDA continues to move forward with activities to implement The Agricultural Act of 2014 as the Farm Service Agency issued a number of notices related to the new law’s implementation.
4/21/2014 8:48:00 AM
Will EPA's proposed revisions to its worker protection standard result in “fairly modest” cost increases that will be outweighed by the benefits of reducing pesticide exposures.
4/21/2014 6:51:00 AM
Bugs could be particularly bothersome this year
Freeze and drought could boost pest problems in California citrus