California avocado growers are encouraged to attend a new seminar designed to help growers identify potential means of reducing water use and costs, and to learn about the Metropolitan Water District's new cash incentive opportunities that can help growers improve water use efficiency through the use of soil moisture sensors and other technologies.
The California Department of Pesticide Regulation issued a Section 18 Emergency Exemption for the use of Hero® EW Insecticide against the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) on Monday April 11, 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.
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.
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.
Genetic analysis of a beetle specimen collected in a trap in an avocado grove in Orange County confirm that the specimen is in fact the KSHB. Learn more.