On Friday, July 11th, Second Harvest Food Bank volunteers from all over Orange County picked fruit for distribution to the hungry. Over the course of five hours, a truckload of citrus was gleaned from the University of California ANR South Coast Research and Extension Center citrus block and taken down the street to Second Harvest's facility in Irvine.
Special thanks to Pacific Mercantile Bank and the UCI Student Center for all their hard work on Friday!
Dr. Akif Eskalen, University of California – Riverside, and Dr. John Kabashima, University of California Cooperative Extension – Orange County, gave a demonstration of the symptoms caused by the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer (also known as the PSHB) today at the Huntington Library. In attendance were employees of the city of Pasadena and the California Avocado Commission, as well as Dan Berry, the nursery manager of the Huntington's botanical gardens, and Dr. Sabrina Drill, University of California Cooperative Extension – Los Angeles.
For more information about Fusarium dieback and the PSHB, check out the Eskalen Lab at UCR.
For handouts in English and Spanish regarding the symptoms and what to do if you find them, click here.
If you suspect that you have found this beetle or seen symptoms of the Fusarium dieback on your tree please contact either the County Ag Commissioner office, your local UC Cooperative Extension farm or pest control advisor, or Dr. Akif Eskalen.
- Author: Greg Overduin
Have a pest problem on your potatoes? Caterpillars on your cucumbers? Mold on your melons? Come on down and visit with the UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners at the Orange County Fair!
So, before you grab that (second) deep-fried bacon-wrapped candy bar, stop by their booth and say "Hi!"
If you can't make it to the fair, you can also ask them your questions online.
Interested in more information about the UCCE Master Gardeners? Want to become one yourself? Check out their website!
- Author: Tammy Majcherek
Check out some of our neighbors strolling the Foothill Transportation Corridor. Footage courtesy of Dr. Winston Vickers, of the Wildlife Health Center at UC Davis.
- Author: Greg Overduin
- Editor: Tammy Majcherek
Ramiro Lobo, Farm Advisor - UC Cooperative Extension, presented many of the varieties he grows in his research project at the Center. He and a member of the California Rare Fruit Growers also demonstrated proper pollination techniques for better fruit set.
Samples of the fruit and pitahaya ice cream were served. Additionally, attendees received cuttings from some of the Center's most popular pitahaya varieties, so they have the opportunity to grow their own at home.