- Author: Dennis O'Brien
- Contributor: Stephen J. Vasquez
Combating USDA's Top-ranked Invasive Insect
First detected in the United States a decade ago, the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is now in at least 39 states, is wreaking havoc in homes and gardens, and is a major economic threat to vineyards, orchards, garden vegetables and row crops. It's no wonder the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) ranks this pest as its top "invasive insect of interest."
But help may be on the way: USDA scientists at the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Invasive Insect Biocontrol and Behavior Laboratory in Beltsville, Md., are searching for ways to control the stink bug by deciphering its...
At a recent meeting held at UC Davis titled “Current Issues in Vineyard Health”, a newly-discovered viral disease being expressed in California’s vineyards was discussed. Currently named ‘Red Blotch Disease’, its symptoms distinguish it from leafroll virus expression, as does its PCR fingerprint. Presently, the most complete information available on the disease can be found in a brochure developed by Jim Wolpert, Viticulture Extension Specialist, UC Davis and Mysore Sudarshana, Plant Pathologist, USDA-ARS, UC...
The American Society for Enology and Viticulture (ASEV) Board announced Dr. Jim Wolpert, Viticulture Specialist, University of California-Davis, as ASEV's 2013 Merit Award recipient.
Jim Wolpert is a native of Indiana. He received his bachelor of science from Purdue University in Horticulture in 1973. He took further training at Michigan State University, receiving a Master's degree in 1978 and a PhD in 1983. Both thesis projects involved research on production practices of 'Concord' grapes and how these practices influence vine cold...
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The last two years, San Joaquin Valley raisin growers experienced a high number of rolled raisin thefts. The majority of the thefts occurred near Biola and the area west of Selma. In past years the Sheriff’s Department has received reports of both bin and rolled raisin thefts. In 2011 thefts consisted primarily of rolled raisins taken from the fields, usually during the evening and late night hours.
- Place rolled raisin trays deeper in the vineyard away from main roads. Doing so limits visibility from the roadway.
- Remove raisins and/or bins from fields or unsecured locations as soon as possible.
- Secure tractors, trailers and most importantly forklifts, so...