Vegetation Management/Monitoring--Biological Science Technician
position through Point Reyes National Seashore Association
Application deadline: 11/29/2019
The Biological Science Technician will work in collaboration with National Park Service staff to assist with a wide variety of tasks, including, but not limited to, invasive plant removal; mapping of invasive plants, rare plants, and rangelands; monitoring of rangelands, dune and other restoration projects, rare plant populations, and water quality; native plant propagation; and field oversight of volunteer and paid crews. The Technician will remove invasives using manual, mechanical, and chemical...
Why scout for weeds?
While weeds are present in every orchard, there is variation in the weed species composition and density from orchard to orchard. Scouting for weeds is the basis for a good Integrated Weed Management (IWM) plan. Information gathered from weed scouting allows growers to:
- Evaluate the current year's weed control program
- Adjust control practices for the following year
- Discover weed stands and possible resistance before they spread throughout the orchard
- Select the best control option for species of concern, such as:
- Choosing appropriate management...
From Deakin University in Australia...
I currently have three industry funded PhD scholarships that I'm seeking to find students for in the following areas below:
- Identifying the key soil, water and crop sensing, and forecasting parameters for the proper implementation of automated irrigation systems in strategically ponded rice cropping.
- Integrating sensor networks and big data for the implementation of automated irrigation systems in irrigated rice cropping systems.
- Monitoring and managing aquatic weeds in irrigation channels
All offer a...
In order to prevent herbicide damage in young trees, especially from postemergence herbicide, standard pomological practice is to apply white latex paint to the bottom 2 to 3 feet of trunk of newly planted trees, before applying herbicides. While this may provide some level of protection, research to support this practice is lacking. In order to assess the efficacy of white latex paint in mitigating herbicide damage, a field experiment was conducted in Arbuckle, CA to evaluate the impacts of latex paint on herbicide injury in young almond trees.
From the Western IPM Center November 2019 newsletter...
Looking for Answers as Kochia Rolls Across the West
Kochia is a tumbling weed plaguing growers and ranchers from Central Canada to West Texas.
“It's salt tolerant, heat tolerant, cold tolerant,” said Kent Davis, a crop consultant with Crop Quest in Colorado. “I want to kill the damn stuff, there's no question about it, but you have to admire it at the same time.”
Davis spoke at a recent.../h3>