- Author: Jasmin Del Toro
On August 25, Lindcove Research Center hosted the first field event of year 2021! A field day was dedicated to discussing information on citrus thrips biology, damage, and management options available. Event kicked off by asking questions to the 42 participants about their pest management needs. Dr. Sandipa Gautam talked about citrus thrips biology and fruit scarring damage on different citrus varieties. Data on citrus thrips resistance to Delegate showed that resistance in San Joaquin Valley populations of citrus thrips is increasing and this is confirmed by PCA and grower observations. This year seemed to be a problem year for citrus thrips, with growers spraying up to five times to control thrips. Dr. Beth Grafton-Cardwell discussed citrus thrips trials screening different chemicals and emphasized the importance of using different class of pesticides for resistant management in citrus thrips. Participants observed thrips and the scarring damage caused by citrus thrips.
Dr. Sandipa Gautam lecturing about citrus thrips
Dr. Grafton Cardwell talking about management options for citrus thrips
Participants observing citrus thrips
Observing thrips scarring and collecting percentage scar data for tangos and clementine's
- Author: Roberta Barton
The Lindcove Research and Extension Center partnered with the Tulare Public Library on March 28 to present a special Kids' Citrus Farmers Market at the Library. The event incorporated the Library's ag-themed motto, "Come Grow with TPL," into a fun-filled afternoon of citrus tasting, citrus trivia and educational citrus activities to kick off National Library Week. Other participants included the International Agri-Center and the Fresno County Ag Detector Dog Luna.
- Author: Roberta Barton
Second and third grade students at Snowden Elementary School in Farmersville learned all about citrus this month. Roberta Barton, ANR Community Educator, teamed up with Grilda Gomez, Tulare County CE Nutrition Educator, to visit 125 students in nine classes. Lessons focused on citrus varieties grown at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center and promoted healthy eating and physical activity. Students viewed samples of pummelo, mandarin and citron fruit and then participated in a citrus tasting after a nutrition and exercise session. The presentations were given during National Nutrition Week and to highlight agriculture in the weeks leading up to National Ag Week.