Crop Management

Maxwell Norton, director of UCCE in Merced County, to retire after 36 years

Maxwell Norton, UC Cooperative Extension director and advisor in Merced and Mariposa counties, plans to retire on July 1. Norton, who specializes in tree fruit, grapes and farmland preservation, has served Merced County growers for... more »

State audit recommends adjustments for UC Davis strawberry program

Following a six-month review of the UC Davis Strawberry Breeding Program, the California state auditor’s office today released recommendations — including suggestions for future funding and revenue collection — for the acclaimed program.“The audit addressed... more »

First spotted wing Drosophila detected for 2015

The Michigan State University Extension spotted wing Drosophila(SWD) monitoring network detected the first SWD in traps baited with commercial lures late last week in Berrien and Benzie counties. The Berrien County detection was from a... more »

Disease management considerations for winter-injured blueberries

With winter injury hitting blueberries hard in 2015, it is easy to contemplate giving up on some fields altogether. If you have decided to forego harvest because there is not enough fruit to justify harvesting,... more »

Rainfast characteristics of insecticides

There are several critical factors that influence impact of precipitation on a pesticide’s performance. First, is the plant-penetrative attribute of the compound. Some pesticide chemistries, like organophosphates, have limited penetrative potential in plant tissue, and... more »

When using bird deterrents in sweet cherries makes sense

Whether and how much to invest in bird management in a given year will depend on the costs of bird management versus anticipated fruit losses. Michigan tree fruit growers are not likely to forget the... more »

State audit recommends adjustments for UC Davis strawberry program

Following a six-month review of the University of California (UC) Davis Strawberry Breeding Program, the California state auditor’s office today released recommendations — including suggestions for future funding and revenue collection — for the program.“The... more »

Protect grape clusters from diseases during early fruit development

Young fruit clusters are highly susceptible to all major diseases, including downy mildew, powdery mildew, black rot, Phomopsisand anthracnose. If prolonged cool, wet weather prevails during bloom, Botrytis can also gain a foothold in clusters... more »


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