Backyard Orchard News
VOCs are gasses that combine with other substances to form ground level ozone (smog). In an effort to reduce smog in the San Joaquin Valley, as of Nov 1, the Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) is restricting sales and use of High-VOC producing ag products during the months of May through October. High-VOC ag products have an emission potential (EP) greater than 35%. For citrus, products of concern include chlorpyrifos, gibberellin, abamectin and oxyfluorfen. There are many formulations of each of these agricultural products and the goal is to choose formulations that keep the EP below 35%. The following link provides a list of the formulations that are above (High-VOC) and below (Low-VOC) the EP threshold of 35% for all crops. Keep this in mind as you purchase and use insecticides, herbicides and gibberellin.
List of High and Low-VOC formulations http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/emon/vocs/vocproj/nonfum_voc_prod_list.pdf
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The Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis is recruiting for a faculty member in the Department of Plant Pathology at the University of California, Davis, and located at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, California. The plant pathology department has a research, teaching and outreach mission to develop and disseminate comprehensive basic and applied knowledge regarding the interactions among plants, pathogens and their environment. A Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist is being recruited to conduct original applied research with the goal of achieving more effective management of diseases affecting nut and fruit trees. The successful candidate will bring visibility and cohesion to CE academics and other researchers and educators involved in the study of nut and fruit tree diseases. Research and outreach activities will be closely integrated with UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR), county-based CE colleagues and clientele as well as campus based CE and ladder rank faculty.
Closing date: September 30, 2013
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Applications should be submitted on-line at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/.
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