Posts Tagged: Eric Natwick
This winter's eerily warm weather might soon get creepy, reported Darryl Fears in the Washington Post. The Orkin pest control company said its agents nationwide are getting a 30 percent increase in calls to treat ant infestations, compared with this time last year.
For farmers, pesticide costs might get expensive. Aphids and psyllids, also called place lice, are among the pests that plague farmers. Eric Natwick, a UC Cooperative Extension advisor in Imperial County, told the reporter that aphids are a big problem because, when feeding, they can transmit a pathogen that destroys vegetables. Natwick is an entomology expert.
Tomato psyllids — lightning fast and tremendous jumpers, for their size — are also showing up this year in California’s Imperial Valley. The psyllids tend to infest produce in California’s Coachella Valley, across a desert from the Imperial, but “when I see them here, it’s unusual,” he said.
Tomato psyllid nymph showing flattened, scalelike appearance.
When Khaled Bali looks at ice cream he thinks about alfalfa, wrote Alejandro Davila in the Imperial Valley Press. The story highlighted the research contributions of UC's Desert Research and Extension Center, which this year is celebrating its centennial.
The director of UC Cooperative Extension in Imperial County and an irrigation farm advisor, Bali said that for some people the connection between ice cream and alfalfa is not quite clear. Since alfalfa feeds dairy cattle, it is an important "ingredient" of ice cream.
“Alfalfa is grown here 365 days a year,” said Bali, and uses most of the irrigation water in the Valley and the state.
The article also mentioned entomology farm advisor Eric Natwick's work on sweet potato whitefly and staff research associate Brent Boutwell's work on registering pesticides as part of the UC EPA's IR-4 program.
Ice cream makes UC advisor think of alfalfa.