Staff Research Associate Sara Scott from the Entomology group at Lindcove Research and Extension Center taught 8th grade math lab students in Woodlake this week about citrus pests, citrus varieties and how to design their own research trial. They calculated total acreage, total trees, trees per acre and how much of an acre is 8 trees. They then calculated the amount of chemicals needed to treat 5 acres of citrus. The kids were engaged in the discussion and snacked on Cara Caras and blood oranges from Lindcove while they worked. This was a great example of linking learning with agricultural activities.
We were very excited this year to provide 100+ varieties of citrus for the general public to taste on Dec 10 in Lindcove REC's annual event. As a special bonus this year, we also prepared an exhibit of fruit and potted plants with various pest, disease, and genetic disorders for the Future Farmers of America (FFA) high school students to study. These students will compete in citrus judging contests and the fruit that we provided helped them to prepare for this event. Students and their coaches from Golden West, Mt Whitney, Woodlake, Orosi, and Central Valley Christian high schools participated in the training.
Growers and PCAs from around the area came to Lindcove REC today and enjoyed the tasting of more than 100 varieties of citrus.
Come one come all to the Lindcove Fruit Display and Tasting - more than 100 varieties of fruit on display. 22963 Carson Ave., Exeter.
Citrus Industry: Friday Dec 9 from 9-noon. Visit with Drs. Mikeal Roose, Tracy Kahn and Georgios Vidalakis from UC Riverside as they talk about citrus varieties and give tours of the CCPP program and demonstration orchard (starting at 10 am).
General public: Saturday Dec 10 from 9-noon. Visit with Master Gardeners and ask citrus horticulture questions. A bag can be purchased to fill with citrus fruit - Cara Caras and mandarins!
Freshmen Ag Academy students from Strathmore High School participated in science and mechanics training at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center on Oct 6. The ag science students studied the insect citricola scale, collected samples of scale-infested leaves from a pesticide trial, and calculated and plotted mean densities to determine which treatment worked the best. The Ag Mechanics students learned about the operations of the greenhouse, irrigation system, fruit grading system in the packline and utilized shop tools to construct a wooden box. The Ag Academy program is designed to prepare students for careers in agriculture and we were excited to be a part of that training.