The Bravo Lake Botanical Garden Berry Festival is Saturday, June 28, from 8 am to 12 noon. There is an entrance fee of $5 per person, with children five years old and under free. UC Master Gardeners, UC ANR Kearney Agricultural, Lindcove, and Westside Research and Extension Centers are participants.
There will be blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, oranges, peaches, nectarines, Pakistani mulberries, and Setton Farms pistachio chews to taste. Visitors can walk through the tropical, vegetable, and rose gardens. They have the option to pick their own berries from the blueberry and blackberry gardens for a nominal cost.
Some of the other participants are the Sequoia Chapter of the Rare Fruit Growers, USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service, Woodlake Pride Garden Volunteers, Family Health Care Network, Woodlake Chamber of Commerce, the city of Woodlake, Proteus Inc., and Mid-Valley Disposal Inc.
The garden is located in Woodlake at 400 E. Naranjo Blvd. From highway 99, take highway 198 east, about 15 miles, turn north on road 196, turn east on Avenue 344 (Naranjo Blvd,). The garden is located on Naranjo Blvd., two blocks east from the four way stop.
For more information, contact Manuel Jimenez, UC Cooperative Extension advisor, emeritus in Tulare County, at 559-280-2483.
- Author: Daniel S. Munk
This workshop is designed to give growers and water managers tools and insights on how to better conduct surface irrigation activities including furrow, border and basin (flood) irrigation systems. Topics include basic system design issues, performance evaluation approaches and commonly used practices to improve the distribution uniformity and efficiency of applied water.
The agenda is:
|8:30 - 9:00 a.m.||Registration and refreshments
|9:00 - 9:10 a.m.||Introductory remarks and welcome - TBD
|9:10 -9:30 a.m.||Practical Application for Improving Surface Irrigation Efficiencies,
Dan Munk, UCCE advisor in Fresno County
|9:30 - 9:50 a.m.||Irrigation Systems and Energy Efficiency, Daniele Zaccaria,
UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of
Land, Air and Water Resources at UC Davis
|9:50 - 10:10 a.m.||Improving the Efficiency of Surface Irrigation Systems,
Eduardo Bautista, USDA ARS Water Management and Conservation
Research Unit at the Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Arizona
|10:10 - 10:30 a.m.||Break
|10:30 - 11:10 a.m.||The relationship between irrigation efficiency and field geometry,
field condition, and inflow rate into the irrigated field, Eduardo Bautista, USDA-ARS
|11:10 -11:30 a.m.||Understanding Irrigation Efficiency with Different Systems:
How it's Defined, Why it's Important,
Khaled Bali, UCCE advisor and director in Imperial county
|11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.||Q&A|
To register for the workshop or for additional information, please email or call Dan Munk or Terri Gonzalez (email:email@example.com, 559-241-7515). Event registration is optional but preferred to estimate attendance.
Our programs are open to all potential participants. Please contact the Fresno UCCE office (two weeks prior to the event) at 559-241-7515 if you have any barriers to participation requiring special accommodations.
UCD plant pathology graduate students visited Kearney on May 13, 2016 to have classes in the field.
Bob Gilbertson, professor in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis, specializing in seed pathology, virology, and insect-transmitted viruses, brought 18 graduate students to the University of California Agriculture and Natural Resources Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center (UC ANR KARE) in May. The visit was related to the course: PLP 205A Diseases of Field, Vegetable, Fruit and Nut Crops.
The field trip started with a general introduction about the UC Extension principles and philosophy by Pete Goodell, UC Cooperative Extension advisor, Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program and UC ANR KARE. Students then got a field tour lead by Chuck Boldwyn, Center Superintendent of Agriculture at UC ANR KARE and field presentations by Florent Trouillas, Assistant UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis and UC ANR KARE, Themis Michailides, Plant Pathologist in the Department of Plant Pathology at UC Davis and UC ANR KARE, and George Zhuang, UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Fresno county, specializing in viticulture and enology, on various diseases and related issues.
Field presentations included:
Shannon Mueller, county director and agronomy farm advisor in UC Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Fresno County and Madera County, and Karen Francone, Environmental Program Manager, California Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR), teamed up to provide an apiary inspectors' training at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center. According to the 2012-2014 CDPR progress report, “Bee health and protection is a state, national, and worldwide issue”.
In the meeting room, there were many examples of equipment, hive problems and diagnostic techniques available for viewing. The meeting room agenda included honey bee africanization; safety considerations during hive inspection; apiary pests and diseases; beekeeper pesticide usage; “toxic to Bees” label interpretations and managed pollinator protection plans; and an overview of bee incidence response.
Attendees also got the opportunity to go into the field for a smoker demonstration and hive visitation/colony strength evaluation and incident scenarios.
The overarching theme was to train the apiary inspectors so that CDPR, the County Ag Commissioners, UCCE, and beekeepers can continue to work together in finding strategies and technologies to help reduce bee colony deaths. The same training was delivered in Modesto the following week.
On May 10, 2016, Kearney researchers, Kris Tollerup, UC ANR cooperative extension advisor at Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, specializing in Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for almond, pistachio, tree fruit and grape crops; and Themis Michailides, UC ANR plant pathologist and lecturer in Plant Pathology at UC Davis and Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center, conducted a workshop to help attendees learn more about leaffooted bug monitoring, damage, management, and its involvement in spreading Bot of pistachio and other diseases on pistachio and almond.
Tollerup discussed the different Hemipteran pests (leaffooted bugs and stink bugs). A PowerPoint handout was provided. The handout covered what the bugs look like; the stages of the bugs' growth; diagnostics for identification; the host crops; overwintering, what the damage to almonds and pistachios looks like; when the damage occurs; what we know, and what we need to know.
In the field, Michailides showed how the insect damage can lead to an increased incidence of pathogenic infections. Field research by Michailides and Dave Morgan has shown that there is an “association of Botryosphaeria panicle and shoot blight of pistachio with injuries of fruit caused by Hemiptera insects and birds.”
Michailides concluded that the disease in almonds caused by insect damage “is a new disease of almond and it is very similar to the stigmatomycosis reported on pistachio.” Early insect damage can result in the nuts dropping from the tree and later damage can render part of the crop unmarketable due to decay and black spots on the kernels.
The photograph shows: Infection of pistachio fruit by Neofusicoccum mediterraneum (initially identified as Botryosphaeria dothidea, thus the name Bot of pistachio disease) initiated from insect-punctured fruit and spread into the main rachis of the cluster [A and B; note a leaffooted bug (Leptoglossus clypealis) on the rachis of pistachio cluster in B]; C, fruit infected by the pathogen and covered with pycnidia surrounding the sap exuded from the insect's injury; D, fruit infections initiated from injuries caused by birds and spread into the main rachis of clusters.