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The importance of weeds to an entomologist

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As a commodity-based CE Advisor with a background in entomology, weed science is not a familiar subject to me, especially weed identification. In my experience, weeds were studied within entomology when the pest insect overwintered or fed on weeds, or...

Posted on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 7:00 AM

UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors launch “Growing the Valley” podcast

UCCE advisors Phoebe Gordon, left, and Luke Milliron are the hosts of the new 'Growing the Valley' podcast.

A new UC Cooperative Extension podcast that focuses on growing orchard crops in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys is now available free at http://growingthevalleypodcast.com, Apple iTunes and Google Play Music. The hosts are Phoebe Gordon,...

Posted on Friday, June 8, 2018 at 9:29 AM

Watch out for parasites! (Wait, in my tomato field?)

Egyptian broomrape is a parasitic plant that attaches to plant roots. (Photo: Gene Miyao, UCCE Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties)

No, I'm not talking about ticks or fleas on your dog. Actually, I'm talking about a parasitic weed that lives by attaching itself to the roots of other plants. This parasite is broomrape, a plant that has no chlorophyll and lacks conspicuous leaves. In...

Posted on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 4:10 PM

Upcoming UAV Field Day in Merced County

2018 Merced County UAV Flier

UC Cooperative Extension in Merced County and Bowles Farming are hosting the 2nd Annual Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), “Drone”, Field Day on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The event will run from 8:30-11:30 am and will be held at Bowles Farming...

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 3:03 PM

UC Cooperative Extension farm advisors launch “Growing the Valley” podcast

A new UC Cooperative Extension podcast that focuses on growing orchard crops in the San Joaquin and Sacramento valleys is now available free at http://growingthevalleypodcast.com, Apple iTunes and Google Play Music.

The hosts are Phoebe Gordon, UCCE orchard systems advisor in Madera and Merced counties, and Luke Milliron, UCCE orchard systems advisor for Butte, Tehama and Glenn counties. The pair conduct research and extension programs that cover tree crops, with a focus on almonds, pistachios, walnuts, prunes, figs and cling peaches.

The podcast is a new extension format for UCCE. Podcasts are essentially audio files posted on the internet that can be downloaded and heard at the listener's convenience.

“Many of us in the ag world spend a lot of time in our trucks and it's a great time to learn new things,” Gordon said.

UCCE advisors Phoebe Gordon, left, and Luke Milliron are the hosts of the new 'Growing the Valley' podcast.

The podcast will feature brief research reports and timely topical information from the hosts, plus interviews with other UCCE farm advisors, specialists and professors, researchers from the USDA, other universities and industry representatives. It is intended for current and future farmers, pest control advisors, industry representatives and the public.

The first full-length episode is a 20-minute segment with veteran UCCE weed science advisor Kurt Hembree. Hembree, who is based in Fresno County, discusses herbicide resistant weeds that are a concern in orchard systems.

“As things get going, we'll be experimenting with podcast length and format,” Milliron said “We'd like to hear from listeners about the sorts of things they are interested in.”

Milliron and Gordon have posted a survey where listeners can weigh in about their content preferences and program length. In time, the dialog between the hosts and listeners will be expanded on the website to allow for questions and comments from the audience.

“Who knows, we might even set up a voice mailbox for people to call in with questions, too,” Milliron said.

Posted on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 9:37 AM

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