Monthly Archives: January 2017

2016 Post-Harvest Walnut Navel Orangeworm Update

Now that the 2016 season has come and gone, it is a good time to reflect on pest management issues and use information learned to improve our IPM program in the coming year. Navel orangeworm (NOW) appeared to be a significant factor again in 2016 in walnut damage assessments. A number of growers and PCAs were caught off-guard by the worm damage present in 2016. Here are some considerations for planning your integrated NOW management program for 2017.
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Honeybees, Colony Strength, and Beekeeper Challenges

Always be aware of honey bees when they’re in your orchard to pollinate your crop. After all, you’re paying good money for the bees to do a critical job! You can go a long way toward protecting the health of honey bee colonies by avoiding contamination of pollen and pollen foragers and by avoiding products with potential toxicity to honey bees or their larvae while bees are in your orchard. This is good husbandry and it’s in the interest of both the grower and the beekeeper. Continue reading