Port Slowdown Impacts California Agriculture

April 27th, 2015
Port Slowdown Impacts California Agriculture

California agriculture exported about 26% of its production in 2013 worth $21 billion. The top six destinations for California agricultural exports are Canada, European Union, China (including Hong Kong), Japan, Mexico, and Korea. Most export destinations rely almost exclusively on West Coast ports. The slowdown did not greatly restrict shipments from California to Mexico and Canada because most shippers use rail and truck for that trade. Exports of some products to…

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2014 Lodi Grower Survey – Report of Results

April 20th, 2015
2014 Lodi Grower Survey – Report of Results

It is common, and even recommended, for winegrape growers to collect various types of information, or data, which they then used to make informed vineyard management decisions. PCAs walk vineyards to collect pest monitoring data, which is the basis for pest control decisions. Lab analysis of soil and petiole samples are used to develop nutrient management recommendations. Meteorological data collected by in-field weather stations is used to alerts growers when frost control…

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Potential for Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stinkbug in California

April 13th, 2015
Potential for Biological Control of Brown Marmorated Stinkbug in California

The  brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB), Haylomorpha halys, was first reported in California in 2002 and was found as a live adult in a storage locker in Riverside County. This interception (as opposed to found in the environment) was followed by a similar finding in Vallejo, Solano County in 2005. The first well established, reproducing populations in California were reported from Pasadena in 2006. A large, reproducing population was first…

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Vineyard Airblast Sprayer Calibration for Improved Deposition

April 6th, 2015
Vineyard Airblast Sprayer Calibration for Improved Deposition

In November of 2014 I had the opportunity to attend a week-long spray application technology seminar at Cornell University taught by Andrew Landers. Andrew is well known in the industry as a spray technology guru and has come to the Lodi area to spread his knowledge on multiple occasions. A week-long training hardly makes me an expert, but I did come away with a new appreciation for application technology as…

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