Over the past week, I have been on several farms experiencing water infiltration issues. Basically, water applied doesn’t move into the soil at a quick enough rate to avoid run-off and saturated soils. A few different situations may occur that cause this, and are outlined below. Read More
I have been several calls in regards to leaffooted plant bug (Leptoglossus clypealis and L. occidentalis). Damage has been reported from various areas of the county, with significant damage observed within some blocks.
Leaffoted plant bugs get their name from the leaflike features found on the back legs of the large nymphs and adults. Adults are about 1 inch long and have a yellow or white zigzag line across their back. Females lay eggs in strands which are often found on the sides of almonds or pistachios. Read More
Written By: Carolyn DeBuse, Former UCCE Farm Adviser, Solano and Yolo Counties
Managing gophers and ground squirrels is a year-round task. Gophers can be controlled with most methods throughout the year but squirrel control methods change with the seasons depending on the squirrel biology. This article will outline the control methods but also inform you about some outstanding online resources that are useful to learn new information, understand seasonal cycles, and determine the best control methods to use. Read More
I have been hearing multiple reports of high counts of Navel Orangeworm (NOW) moths trapped with the new Suterra Biolure. We have placed our traps and have had high trap counts as well. In our liners, however, we have found two different moths – one being NOW (Amyelois transitella) and the other being a meal moth (Pyralis farinalis). Both of these moths are within the same family (Pyralidae) and can be confused. Read More