Author Archives: Emily Symmes

Revisiting Your Codling Moth IPM Program in a Lean Crop Year

The foundations of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) are rooted in economics. Putting a well-established IPM program in use can help you address the following questions: What are my best options and timings for treating economically-damaging populations? Particularly in years where crop prices are relatively low, taking an IPM approach has the potential to save cost inputs. Continue reading

Bloom Disease Treatments and Honey Bee Safety

Emily Symmes, UC IPM Advisor, Sacramento Valley and Franz Niederholzer, UC Farm Advisor, Colusa, Sutter & Yuba Counties. Disease management during prune bloom using fungicide sprays is critical to setting a successful crop, particularly in years with wet bloom conditions that drive pathogen development and spread. Of particular concern, and often treated … Continue reading

Harvest Damage Evaluation for Walnuts

Harvest of the earliest walnut varieties has begun in some locations. Plan accordingly to obtain the ever-important harvest samples! Harvest samples can reveal a number of common sources of kernel, shell, and hull damage. These include damage caused by insect pests, diseases, and environmental/physiological factors. Here are information, tables, and photos that can help identify the sources of damage in your walnut harvest samples. Continue reading