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The section 18 emergency exemption for Hero® issued April 11, 2016 has been amended per EPA’s request to change the ending of the bee hazard statement under the “Other Requirements” section. This statement now reads,

“This product is highly toxic to bees exposed to direct treatment or residues on blooming crops or weeds. Do not apply this product or allow it to drift to blooming crops while bees are foraging.”

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.

This week we have learned that one grove in Ventura County has been found to have trees with beetle activity. The grove is located on the western edge of Santa Paula, approximately 2-miles from the early PSHB trap find.

The California Avocado Commission learned this week that specimens captured in two traps in Ventura County have been confirmed as the polyphagous shot hole borer. Learn more.

There have been recent new detections of both the polyphagous shot hole borer and Kuroshio shot hole borer in San Diego and Riverside Counties. Learn more.

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