Backyard Orchard News
Let's hear it for the hedgerows. Picture native plants, shrub and ground cover bordering...
Cuckoo bee on gum plant in Yolo County hedgerow. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Population biologist Lora Morandin of UC Berkeley will discuss her research on hedgerows on May 18 at UC Davis.
put the rain gauge back up in my backyard today. Showers – OK, 30-90% chance of showers -- are predicted for the next three days. Spring rains can help bring about prune rust infections on prune leaves. Infested leaves will drop and defoliated trees produce small fruit.
If you haven’t already started looking for rust symptoms in your prunes, you should look after this series of cold storms roll through. Thursday is supposed to be clear and 79.
Details on rust scouting in prunes can be found at: http://ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/r606100611.html.
Basically, every week beginning May 1, look at 40 prune trees per block. Look for any rust spots. Spray (sulfur or labeled, Group 3 or 11 fungicide) once you see the first spot (see photos). Keep checking after you spray. If the number of trees with rust spots goes up, spray again. See the new UC ANR Fungicide Efficiacy and Timing publication at: http://ipm.ucdavis.edu/PDF/PMG/fungicideefficacytiming.pdf
Don’t let rust sneak up on you. It is easy to scout for and control as long as you know what you are looking for. Keep a healthy and profitable orchard with a strong canopy that can produce high quality prunes -- monitor prune rust and control when needed.
Prune leaf with three rust spots viewed from top and bottom. Rust spots appear angular and yellow from the top and rusty brown when viewed from the bottom.
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Honey bees and daisies are made for each other.The white petals and the golden centers seem...
Honey bee foraging on a daisy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Orange pollen load, the color of autumn pumpkins. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Buzzing away, the honey bee leaves the daisy. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ever seen a wax builder?A "real" wax builder?Bee breeder-geneticist Susan Cobey and...
Flakes of wax on a wax builder. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Two wax builders and their sister on the hand of Susan Cobey. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Beekeeping comes naturally for Brian Fishback of Wilton, a past president of the Sacramento Area...
Brian Fishback at the Harry H.Laidlaw Jr. Honey Bee Research Facility. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
"In my hand, I held the essence of core family values," Brian Fishback said. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)