- Author: Ryan D Puckett
UCCE Small Farms Fresno hosted a very well attended grafting workshop at Kearney REC on Thursday, February 22nd. Attendees rotated through four stations and spent the day learning grafting techniques from local experts and UCCE specialists. Burling Leong is a well known nursery owner in Visalia and she was instructing grafting of rose cultivars to rootstocks. Industry grafting professional Manuel Calderon was there to lead groups though techniques for grafting stone fruit. Citrus expert Rock Christiano worked with attendees on grafting citrus and from UCCE Stanislaus County, Fayrouz Buojaylah was in the greenhouse showing the crowd her method of grafting tomato seedlings. After a full day of hands on learning, attendees from small farms and home gardens were eager to get home and incorporate grafting into their spring plans.
UCCE and collaborator workshops on climate related issues to crop production are coming to Tulare, Ventura and Salinas from March 5-7. CCA credits applied for attendees. See attached programs for more information including locations, agendas and registration.
- Author: Ryan D Puckett
The World Ag Expo was definitely in full swing in 2024 with beautiful weather outdoors and steady foot traffic from large crowds visiting exhibitor booths indoors and in the open air. Kearney, Lindcove and UCCE Tulare hosted a booth in Pavillion A adjacent to the UCCE Master Gardeners. Curious pedestrians of all ages stopped by with their queries, paused for a chance to examine insects and fungi under the microscope or simply reached for a UC Lindcove Tango mandarin orange as they strolled on by. On Wednesday, Citrus IPM advisor Sandipa Gautam was there to answer questions about Asian citrus psyllid other pest management concerns from home growers. UCCE Tulare farm advisors were also in the booth to answer questions from an ag-inquisitive parade.
- Author: Nick Clark
- Contributor: Ryan Puckett
This field day was held on September 29, 2023, at the Kearney Ag Research and Extension Center in Parlier, CA. We had good attendance and vibrant participation from everybody present. Many of the attendees provided feedback upon our request by completing a survey. We thank you all for the feedback you've provided to us, as it helps us stay on track when bringing you information you need most.
Thanks again to all who attended this year, and for those who weren't able to make it, we hope to see everybody next year.
Please see the agenda from this years event which includes copies of handouts and slide shows.
- Nick Clark on behalf of the Kearney Field Crops and Forage Field Day organizing committee
Andreas Westphal, UCR Professor of CE Nematology in the Department of Nematology at UC Riverside (UCR) was recently appointed as the Tukuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowed Chair for his contribution to nematode IPM research in perennial crops. The Tukuji and Bettie L. Furuta Endowment was established in honor of the late Tukuji, who was also a CE Specialist and professor of botany and Plant Science at UCR. His wife Bettie L. Furuta, a horticulturalist and chair of the Watkins Society, donated their estate to support the study of control and pest management of insects and diseases. Westphal follows in their legacy as he continues to conduct research on nematodes, outreach to the community, advisement to growers, and exploring alternative methods for disease management. He is seen with his research group, from left to right Tom Buzo, Rainier Medina, Andreas Westphal, Savannah Coss, Maria Martinez, Zin Thu Zar Maung, Caroline Eberlein, missing Stephen Abbott.