A Sacramento County Superior Court judge has ordered California agricultural officials to stop spraying pesticides in parks, schools and residents' backyards to control pests that threaten the ag industry, reported Gregory Mohan in the Los Angeles Times.
CDFA issued a statement saying it will consider appealing the case, and will continue to conduct spraying "in compliance with" state environmental laws.
Western Farm Press ran a detailed update on efforts at UC Riverside to identify and release natural enemies of Asian citrus psyllid to aid in the fight against the feared citrus pest and the deadly citrus disease huanglongbing it carries in other parts of the U.S. and world.
Writer Todd Fitchette reported that Mark Hoddle, UC Cooperative Extension specialist in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, began releasing the tiny wasp Tamarixia radiata on citrus trees and other plants in Southern California in 2011.
To date more than 160,000 parasitic wasps have...
State officials will spray pesticide on residential citrus trees near Fallbrook today (Dec. 17), part of an ongoing effort across Southern California to prevent a devastating citrus disease, reported the San Diego Union Tribune.The pesticide application targets Asian citrus psyllid, which can transmit huanglongbing disease.
Residents in the area have been notified, said Steve Lyle, spokesman for the California Department of Food and Agriculture. He said officials have used the same preventive approach in San Diego County since 2008, when the pest was first discovered locally.
Union Tribune reporter Chris Nichols added...