- Author: Ben Faber
2019 Date Palm Field Day
November 21, 2019
8:30 - 2:15 PM
Coachella Valley Agricultural Research Station
86501 72nd Ave, Thermal, CA 92274
Fee: $25, lunch included
8:00am – Registration for CE units, coffee, pastries
8:30am- Welcome- Sonia Rios, UCCE Riverside
8:45am- Tom Perring, UC Riverside. Current status of Insect and Mite Pests of dates
9:15am- Tom Perring, UC Riverside. Part 1: What we know about puffy skin of medjool dates
9:30am- Robert Krueger, USDA/ARS. Part 2: What we know about puffy skin of medjool dates/Date research pollination update
9:45- Ali Montazar, UCCE. An update on the on-going irrigation management project in California date palm
10:35- Mark Hoddle, UCR. Updates on the South American Palm Weevil Invasion
11:35- MaryLou Polek, USDA/ARS. Update on Date Palm Activities at the Repository
12:05pm- Lunch- Sponsored by Corteva
1:15pm- Peggy Mauk, UC Riverside.
1:45 - Bob Mulherin, Riverside Agriculture Commission. Laws and Regulation Updates
2:15 – Wrap up
Space is Limited-Register online at:
*No Cash/Check payment will be excepted on site, day of
DPR/ISA Continuing Education Credits Upon Request
- Author: Ben Faber
What a great find and it was there all along, just like a used book store can be a gold mine at times.
This is the section of Subtropical Fruit Pests by Walter Ebeling that covers avocado pests in not only California, but what was and is known to exist in other avocado growing regions around the US and the world. It was reproduced at the Hoshi Foundation's Avocadosource website. At this point it only contains the chapters pertaining to avocado. Other chapters in the full text cover citrus, grape, walnut, almond pecan, olive, fig, date and other "Minor Subtropical Fruits". The beauty of the book is not only historical, but that it is still current (although the DDT recommendations are out of date) for many pests. It also chronicles pests that have appeared in the past, disappeared and then reappeared. An example is Avocado Bud Mite - here, gone, here and seemingly gone again, probably to reappear sometime in the future. This is no replacement for the UC-IPM website, http://ipm.ucanr.edu/PMG/crops-agriculture.html , but it is a good look at how the pest has been managed in the past and is done so currently.
I thought I had the only copy of this book in Ventura County, but you could too. There are some listed on ABE Books for cheap.
This pestiferous book was compiled by Walter Ebeling at UC Riverside/Los Angeles. He was of some note, considered the Father of Urban Entomology. As you can see from the descriptions of avocado pests, he was a good all round entomologist, as well. Urban entomology really forces you to know a lot because of the diversity of arthropods in urban settings. He passed in 2010 and was recognized world-wide for his work.
Professor Emeritus of Entomology
November 26, 1907 – December 17, 2010
Walter Ebeling, world-renowned entomologist and pioneer in the field of Urban Entomology, died 17 December 2010 in a care facility in Bandon, Oregon at the age of 103. "Professor Ebeling was a legendary research entomologist," said Dr. Michael Rust, Professor of Entomology at the University of California, Riverside, who replaced Dr. Ebeling upon his retirement in 1975. "He had tremendous abilities, tireless energy, and a passion for science. He was an expert in so many fields of entomology including agriculture, physiology, and insect behavior. Dr. Ebeling helped develop Urban Entomology into a respected independent area of research."
Read more of his Memoriam: http://senate.ucr.edu/agenda/120221/IN%20MEMORIAM-Walter%20Ebeling.pdf
- Author: Brad Hanson, UC ANR Weed Specialist
Here is an updated guide for herbicides that are registered for citrus, avocado and a few other tree crops.