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UC Dry Bean Field Day

Blackeye, garbanzo and lima bean growers are invited to a free field day held by the UC Cooperative Extension at UC Davis. From new varieties, to IPM and nutrient management, it will be a full program. See the agenda below for more details, and register for the field day HERE. For more information, please contact UCCE farm advisors: (mmleinfeldermiles@ucanr.edu), Sarah Light …

Farming Tips for Enduring Historic Drought in Northern CA

It has been heart breaking to seeing wheat and alfalfa fields dry up the last few weeks.  The recent hot temperatures caused many fields to wither, while placing greater irrigation needs on the few crops being irrigated with well water.   It’s the driest year I have experienced in my 10 years in the Klamath Basin! Several people asked me about …

Conventional Melon Weed Management in the Sacramento Valley

Sutter County grows between 300 and 800 acres of fresh-market honeydew, mixed melon and cantaloupe each year. The fields vary between furrow and drip irrigation, with many fields in the Sutter Basin only receiving a pre-irrigation. Because of the rapid growth of melons, they are competitive with weeds and one cultivation may be sufficient to control weed issues. The growing …

New UCCE IPM advisor in Imperial County

Apurba Barman joined UC Cooperative Extension as low desert integrated pest management advisor on Jan. 11, 2021. He will be headquartered at the UCCE Imperial County office, which adjoins the UC Desert Research and Extension Center in Holtville. “I am very excited for my new role as an IPM advisor based in Southern California and for the opportunity to serve …

Farmer’s Inspiration Leads to Squash Donation to Central CA Food Bank

West Side farmer John Diener had flash of inspiration. Why not plant butternut squash? Diener is a long-time research cooperator with UC Cooperative Extension specialist Jeff Mitchell, who has studied innovative, sustainable farming practices for 21 years at the UC West Side Research and Extension Center under four different treatments: no-till plus cover crops, no-till with no cover crops, conventionally tilled with cover …

Pythium & INSV Infections in Salinas Lettuce Fields

In 2020 the incidence of Pythium wilt (caused by Pythium uncinulatum) of lettuce has increased in severity and in the number of affected fields. Pythium infections in lettuce fields have been observed frequently, but not always, occurring with INSV infection. As a result, there has been confusion distinguishing between these two diseases and the role of each of them in causing …

Managing Root-Knot Nematodes in Crop Rotations

A question came up about managing root-knot nematodes in processing tomato and lima bean rotations.  Root-knot nematodes are tiny worm-like soil dwelling pests that cause root galling on plant roots, resulting in significant yield and quality losses. Symptoms of severe root-knot infestations include patches of chlorotic, stunted, necrotic, or wilted plants. These nematodes also predispose plants to other soilborne pathogens …

Central Valley UC Farm Advisor’s Commitment to Help Hmong Farmers Prosper

Keeping current on government regulations, agricultural marketing news and crop research advances can be challenging for California farmers, especially for those who speak English as a second language. Hmong farmers in the San Joaquin Valley can tune in at 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoons to listen to farm-related news delivered to their radios in their native language from Michael Yang, …

“Growing New Roots” Vegetable Grafting Webinar Series

Members of the SCRI Grafting Project Team have organized a grafting webinar series. Each month a webinar will be offered, covering a different topic about the science and technology of vegetable grafting. Below is a schedule of future webinars, as well as links to past webinars. Upcoming Webinars: Date: February 21, 2019 Time: 2PM (Eastern Time) Title: Grafting Experience with …

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