Backyard Orchard News
A group of eighth-graders from Riverview Elementary School in Reedley toured the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center today for an introduction to agricultural science.
In Kearney's greenhouse facility, UC staff showed the students some of the pests farmers must manage - including leaf footed bug, navel orange worm and olive fruit fly - and explained research underway to help farmers control pests in ways that are effective and environmentally sound.
If you've ever been shoulder to shoulder with a redshouldered stink bug--or nose to antennae--you...
Redshouldered stink bug on a lavender stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Stink bug scoots down a stem. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
The Citrus Research Board is funding the purchase of a new packline grading system for the Lindcove...
Entomology research team hand-grading fruit for sooty mold on the current Sunkist Packline at Lindcove
The San Joaquin Valley is about 80 degree days behind the 30 year average. For California red scale, we expect to see crawler activity when degree days reach 550 (with a lower developmental threshold of 53oF). Even Kern County, where the temperatures are warmest, has only accumulated 460 DD. Depending on weather, it will be about another 7-10 days before the crawlers begin to emerge in that region and even later as you move northward towards Madera. Double sticky tape around a twig next to a female scale will most accurately pinpoint crawler emergence.
Mother's Day, insect-style, dawned like any other day. In our back yard, golden honey bees foraged...
Italian honey bee foraging on lavender. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Sweat bee (genus Lasioglossum) visiting rock purslane. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)
Ladybug, aka lady beetle, chasing aphids. (Photo by Kathy Keatley Garvey)