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Citrus Grower Workshop REMINDER (April 26)
Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell will present findings from her continuing survey of ACP populations across Ventura County, including data on the effects of pesticide treatments on ACP abundance. Other speakers will present updates on the statewide Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Program, the status of Huanglongbing disease in California, grower participation in the local ACP suppression effort, and updates to the Fall 2018 ACP area-wide treatment schedule. The workshop will be from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 26, at the Agriculture Museum, 929 Railroad Ave., Santa Paula. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required. Please register online at: https://vctaskforce-workshop.eventbrite.com.
The number of trees confirmed as being infected by HLB has reached 552 (321 in Orange County, 228 in Los Angeles County and 3 in Riverside County). All were in residential settings, not commercial groves. The HLB quarantine boundaries and the latest tally of HLB confirmations, updated weekly, is available online at https://citrusinsider.org/maps/. As confirmations increase and spread closer to commercial citrus, it is a good time to consider removing citrus trees not worth the resources required to protect them from ACP and HLB.
ACP Areawide Treatments
Thank you to those submitting timely ACP treatment pesticide use reports (PURs) and providing the grower liaisons with updates such as contact information and farm manager/applicator/PCA changes. This helps ensure ACP treatments are immediately recognized, and allows more effective communication with growers.
The Spring uncoordinated ACP treatment window begins now through July 15. Although these treatments are not coordinated, psyllid populations must be kept low to reduce the risk of HLB. Scout/monitor and treat if you see ACP, and use an ACP-effective material during spring/summer management. Click here for University of California recommendations for ACP monitoring.
The Citrus Pest and Disease Prevention Committee will meet May 9 in Ventura. Attendance is free. Here is a link to the CDFA site with agenda, venue, and webinar information: https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/citruscommittee/.
Feel free to contact your grower liaisons if you have questions, or need pest-control or tree-removal referrals.
Below is a picture of what hail can do to strawberry. A friend forwarded me these pictures of what a freak hailstorm a few days ago over his field left behind. Shredded leaves, pitted and bruised fruit right down to pretty undeveloped green ones, even on the flower. This storm represents a huge setback for his farm.
I'd have a hard time getting up and facing the day after a loss like this, but nevertheless you growers do it as a matter of course.
Bless you for the work you do and the food you grow for us in spite of the curveballs Mother Nature can throw at you.
The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors has approved an artist's rendering of a mural that honors UC Cooperative Extension advisor and county director Steve Orloff, who passed away in late 2017, reported Danielle Jester in the Siskiyou Daily News. The mural also depicts Siskiyou County's agricultural heritage.
The mural will be painted on the south-facing wall of the UCCE office, a county owned building, said Rob Wilson, the UCCE advisor and director of the UC Intermountain Research and Extension Center who is serving as interim county director for Siskiyou County UCCE.
County resident Sari Sommarstrom said that, about a year before Orloff's passing, she contacted Orloff about the UCCE headquarters "boring building."
Orloff responded that, “Our office is not only boring, it is ugly.” Orloff pursued having a mural painted on the cooperative extension building's wall about 15 years before, but it never went anywhere.
Mount Shasta-based artist Kim Solga has been selected to paint the mural.