The article focuses on experiments performed in the laboratory and the field on the Lewis spider mite and the two-spotted spider mite. Tests were performed to evaluate the effectiveness of four types of predatory mites in controlling both kinds of spider mite. Miticide efficacy was also tested on the Lewis spider mite in bioassays.
These mites can cause serious damage to strawberry and other agricultural crops with subsequent financial loss to growers. Spider mite research is particularly relevant to Ventura County where strawberry production is the top crop grown and spider mite infestations have been on the rise.
Anna Howell is an experienced entomologist who has contributed her efforts to many research projects here at UCCE Ventura. Dr. Daugovish is UCCE's strawberry and vegetable crop adviser whose applied research benefits county growers and is an active contributor to "Strawberry Disorders: Identification and Management" website, a resource for assisting in diagnosing problems in strawberry.
You can view the entire article here.
The California Cherimoya Association will be holding its annual meeting on Sunday, April 13, 2014. The meeting will include a variety of speakers on subjects related to cherimoya production.
UCCE Advisor, Ben Faber, and other agricultural experts will discuss pollination, efforts to produce a seedless cherimoya, pruning and varieties of the fruit.
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Hansen Agricultural Center
14292 W. Telegraph Rd.
Santa Paula, CA
Contact: Dario Grossberger
Cost of Admission: $20 (includes lunch), payment can be made through PayPal at email@example.com.
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The Entomology Association of Southern California will be holding a quarterly meeting at the Los Angeles Arboretum. These meetings address a variety of entomological related subjects relevant to local and state pest issues and are a great way to meet and share information with other individuals who are interested in this area of science.
Presentations for this meeting will cover:
- California's invasive slugs, future threats & some novel approaches for their control
- Asian Citrus Psyllid research at California Polytechnic University
- County Reports
- Natural history and IPM practices for use against an atypical stink bug, the Bagrada bug
- GIS database of land gastropods of California - native and not
This association has an annual membership fee of $45. Memberships cover annual registration for all four quarterly meetings in December, March, June and September.
If you are interested in attending:
Date: March 4, 2014
Time: 8:15 am - 3:00 am (presentations start at 9:00 am
Los Angeles Arboretum
301 North Baldwin Ave.
Contact: Dr. Jim Downer, 805-645-1458 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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Drought is a regular threat here in Southern California where dry conditions prevail. The National Weather Services will holding two talks related to drought at California State University, Channel Islands. The talks are a part of the Environmental Science and Resource Management (ESRM) speaker's series and will feature speakers from local Weather Forecast offices.
We are currently experiencing drought conditions which can lead to fires and subsequent threats of flash floods and debris flows. The speakers will address these issues and how partnerships with local services can help minimize potential damage. The topics will cover:
- Growing Fire Weather Threat in Southern California
- Drought and Post Fire Flash Floods and Debris Flows
If you are interesting in attending:
Dates: February 13 and February 20, 2014
Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
California State University, Channel Islands
1360 Broome Library
One University Dr.
Camarillo, CA 93012
Contact: Don Rodriguez, email@example.com
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Support the agricultural community with the "Ventura Spray Safe" event. The Farm Bureau of Ventura County is seeking support for this event designed to educate agriculture industry workers and the general public about safe pesticide spraying practices.
While attendance is free of charge it also relies on donations to ensure its continuance. If you are interested in attending or contributing...
When: Thursday, March 6, 2014
Where: Ventura County Fairgrounds, Agriculture Building
Cost: No cost to attend, but contributions welcome
Contact: Brian Benchwick, 805-432-1182
Why: To promote practices to decrease pesticide-exposure incidents for sprayers.
For more details please see here.