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Growing News

These articles are time-sensitive cultural management pieces that address current growing conditions and seasons.

April 7, 2016

The USDA recently announced double-digit growth in the number of organic operations in the U.S. — a 12 percent increase between 2014 and 2015 — and reported that an increasing number of consumers demonstrate interest in locally grown food. Read more about the study, as well as the resources available to growers interested in organic production.

January 15, 2016

The Commission anticipated submitting a Section 18 Emergency Exemption Application for the use of Tilt® fungicide against the shot hole borer, but efficacy data does not support the application. Learn more.

December 3, 2015

On Wednesday December 2nd, the Commission learned that six traps in the Santa Paula area had positive PSHB finds in them. All of these traps are located in or adjacent to commercial avocado groves to the west of Santa Paula in Ventura County.

Cultural Management

These articles are a collection of perennial cultural management best practices.

March 24, 2014

As growers and pest control advisors plan their arthropod pest management program for 2014, they should consider the consequences of pesticide resistance that would make pest management problematic in the future.

December 18, 2013

View three presentations concerning threats posed to California avocado groves by new pests and diseases, including laurel wilt disease, fusarium dieback disease, the polyphagous shot hole borer and the Florida redbay ambrosia beetle.

September 24, 2013

Because avocado trees are tropical rainforest trees, they are active year-round — and that means cultural management of avocado groves is necessary throughout the year. In fall, growers should prepare avocado groves for winter weather events, flush out accumulated salts, and apply pruning techniques and fertilization for optimal spring performance.