- Author: Larry J Bettiga
UPCOMING MEETING EVENT:
UCDavisViticultureand EnologyOn theRoad in Monterey County
Monterey County Cooperative Extension Office
1432 Abbott Street, Salinas, CA
March 8, 2019, 8:30 am-1:30 pm
8:30 - 9:00 Check-in,lightbreakfast andcoffee
9:00 - 9:30 Managing vector spread/virus diseases of grape, Neil McRoberts, Associate Professor of Plant Pathology, Director of the Western Plant Diagnostic Network, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis.
9:30 -10:00 The effect of grapevine red blotch virus on wine quality, Anita Oberholster,UC CooperativeExtension Specialist,Enology,Department ofViticultureandEnology,UCDavis
10:00-10:20 Introduction of Megan Bartlett, New Faculty member, Assistant Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.
10:30 -11:00 Using plant material to promote early vine development, Larry Bettiga, Viticulture Farm Advisor, UCCE Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties.
11:00 -11:30 Understanding how grapevine roots respond and recover, Andrew McElrone,Research Plant Physiologist, USDA-ARS, Adjunct Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.
11:30-12:00 Current and future objectives of the grape breeding program at UC Davis, Andrew Walker, Professor, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.
12:00-12:30 Precision viticulture, Kaan Kurtural, UC Cooperative Extension Specialist in Viticulture, Department of Viticulture and Enology, UC Davis.
12:30 -1:30 Lunch and Discussion
Advanced registration is required to attend this meeting. The cost to attend is $40.00:
PCA and CCA credits have been requested. For more information or directions call (831) 759‐7350. Please call ahead for arrangements for special needs, every effort will be made to accommodate full participation.
- Author: Surendra K. Dara
- Author: Michael D Cahn
Cosponsored by UCCE-Monterey County, UCANR, RCDMC
Why: Apply for CDFA funding- State Water efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Receive up to $100,000 in grant funding to improve your on-farm water and energy efficiency through the SWEEP grant funding program. During the workshop irrigation specialists will:
- Provide a comprehensive review of SWEEP and summary of other CDFA Climate Smart Grant programs
- Guide you through the required water savings and greenhouse gas reduction calculations
- Show you how to assemble a strong grant proposal
When: Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 1:00 PM- 3:00 PM
Where: Monterey County Agriculture Center, 1432 Abbott St. Salinas CA 93901
Michael Cahn, Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor, UCCE Monterey
Laura Murphy, Soil Scientist, Resource Conservation District of Monterey County
Khaled Bali, Irrigation Specialist, UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
Daniele Zaccaria, Agricultural Water Management Specialist, UC Davis
To register send name, telephone and email address to Lennis Arriaga (email@example.com)
Contact Lennis Arriaga @ 831-759-7353, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Cahn @ 831-759-7377, email: email@example.com
Grant info.: Applications are due March 8, 2019 online at https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/oefi/sweep/
The SWEEP provides financial assistance in the form of grants to implement irrigation systems that reduce greenhouse gases and save water on California agricultural operations. Eligible system components include (among others) soil moisture monitoring, drip systems, switching to low pressure irrigation systems, pump retrofits, variable frequency drives and installation of renewable energy to reduce on-farm water use and energy.
Please feel free to contact us if you need special accommodations.
- Author: Alejandro Del Pozo-Valdivia
Diamondback moth (DBM) is a persistent pest in the Salinas-Castroville area. We were able to find late instar caterpillars in several spots along Blackie road on Tuesday January 22nd. Basically, these caterpillars were feeding on brassica weeds, located along the side of the road (Fig. 1). This is an example of how insects exploit weeds as alternative hosts when there is a lack of a preferred and abundant host plant in the landscape. DBM will continue feeding on these weeds, while increasing their numbers. These DBM adults, originated from weeds, have the potential to infest any commercial cole crop during the upcoming weeks and months. Based on our observations, most of these caterpillars were close to pupate. Within the next two weeks, we might see an influx of DBM adults flying around fields and weed patches. A new generation of caterpillars may be present around mid-February in our system, depending on temperature fluctuations.
It seems like not all of these caterpillars will become adults. Approximately, 10% of the caterpillars collected from Blackie road were parasitized by Diadegma wasp. We took these caterpillars to the UCCE Entomology lab to refresh and re-introduce DBM into our colony; and we were able to spot the parasitic wasp pupae inside our rearing containers (Fig. 2).
Ideally, controlling weeds outside our fields and along the roads could be part of our strategies to manage resident pest populations. Control of these weeds will allow to reduce population of these pests cycling through the winter here in the Salinas-Castroville area. Managing these weeds could be challenging too, due to accessibility and other issues. Please, keep in mind that cole crop fields surrounded by weedy patches will have a higher chance to be infested with DBM. You could prioritize the scouting of those fields to timely detect any economically damaging DBM population in your crop.
If you would like to learn more about DBM and the research conducted by the UCCE Entomology team, please contact Alejandro Del-Pozo at firstname.lastname@example.org or 831-759-7359.