Whether or not your favorite team is playing in Sunday's big game, the Super Bowl is often a great excuse to gather with friends and family and enjoy some tasty treats! Maybe your favorite snack involves chips with salsa or guacamole, or perhaps you prefer shrimp with a delicious avocado dip. Whatever your snack of choice, chances are that you might spice it up with a little cilantro or parsley.
Cilantro and parsley growers have something else to be happy about – The UC Statewide IPM Program just released new Pest Management Guidelines for Cilantro and Parsley.
Cilantro and parsley are herbs used both fresh and dry for preparation of many popular dishes in almost all parts of the world including California. Apart from their pleasant flavor, both plants are also known for a number of nutritional and health benefits.
In California, cilantro and parsley are grown commercially on more than 7,000 acres, primarily along the southern and central coast. Cilantro (also known as Chinese or Mexican parsley) and parsley are examples of specialty vegetable crops important in crop rotations and in contributing to California's overall agricultural diversity.
Although pest problems aren't too common for home gardeners growing cilantro or parsley, for commercial growers, crop damage due to insect pests and diseases may be devastating and cause important economic losses. The new UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines for cilantro and parsley provide pest and management information for insects pests (including beet armyworm, cabbage looper, and aphids), diseases (including apium virus Y, bacterial leaf spot, carrot motley dwarf, cilantro yellow blotch, Fusarium wilt, and septoria leaf spot), and nematodes. Because weed management costs can be very high in cilantro and parsley unless weed control programs are carefully planned and implemented, a comprehensive weed management section is also included.
Check out the new guidelines and other pest management information on the UC IPM website.
- Author: Richard Smith
- Author: Eric Brennan
This is a novel ‘Do it Yourself' hoe with interchangeable, plastic-friendly, adjustable, sharp & flexible blades. It's called the Recycle Strap Hoe and is amazing for hand weeding vegetables, strawberries, and other crops. This hoe is great for weeding along plastic mulch without damaging it. It's inexpensive, light-weight & super easy to make from recycled materials and extremely efficient. The long handle make it very ergonomic. The blade is made of steel strapping and the light weight, flexible handle is made from Arundo donex grass (or bamboo, or wood dowel) and it's all held together with bicycle inner tube (or hose or ring clamps). It was developed by Eric Brennan at the USDA (Agricultural Research Service), organic research program in Salinas.
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- Author: Larry J Bettiga
CENTRAL COAST WINE GRAPE SEMINAR
WHEN: Tuesday, March 8, 2016
WHERE: Monterey County Agricultural Center
1432 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA, 93901
TIME: Registration: 1:00 pm – Meeting: 1:30 – 5:00 pm
Review of Grape Fungal Diseases - Issues and Solutions – Douglas Gubler, Plant Pathology Specialist, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis.
Light Exposure and Applied Water Affect Tannin Content and Composition –S. Kaan Kurtural, Viticulture Specialist, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis.
Update on Local Viticulture Research Projects – Larry Bettiga, Viticulture Farm Advisor, University of California Cooperative Extension, Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties.
Update on Vine Mealybug Control - What Works and What Can Be Improved – Kent Daane, Entomology Specialist, Department of Environmental Sciences, Policy and Management UC Berkeley, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center.
Continuing education credits are requested. Call ahead (at least 24 hrs.) for special needs arrangements; efforts will be made to accommodate full participation. For more information, contact Larry Bettiga (831-759-7361) or visit our website at http://cemonterey.ucdavis.edu.
It is the policy of the University of California and the UC Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources not to engage in discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities.
Inquiries regarding ANR's nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Linda Marie Manton, Affirmative Action contact. Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at http://ucanr.edu/sites/anrstaff/files/187680.pdf
- Author: Richard Smith
On January 12, 2016 the Federal EPA label for Kerb SC was reinstated for leaf lettuce. The registration on leaf lettuce was pulled in 2009 and Dow AgroSciences has been working to reregister Kerb since that time. As part of this reregistration effort, Kerb was reclassified as “not likely to be carcinogenic to humans” which freed up space in the risk cup. Of particular interest are the preharvest intervals allowed in the label:
|Up to 1.25 pints (0.5 lbs a.i./A)||25 days|
|Up to 1.8 pints (0.75 lbs a.i./A)||35 days|
|Up to 3.75 pints (1.5 lbs a.i./A)||45 days|
|Up to 5.0 pints (2.0 lbs a.i./A)||55 days|
The ability to use Kerb at 25 days per harvest opens the use of this material to baby leaf lettuce growers. Arizona has already granted a state label to Kerb and it is in process in California to reestablish the statewide label. It is hoped that the label will be approved soon which will allow its use on the front end of the lettuce season here in Salinas.