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ACP (Asian citrus psyllid) found in San Joaquin county
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If you've ever been around cicadas, you know how loud they can be. How loud are they? They are so loud--up to 120 decibels--that many tender-eared folks would like to cite them for "disturbing the peace." All the more reason to appreciate what Christian...
You've probably seen some of them in your garden, but have you seen them up close? Really close? Have you seen the male Valley carpenter bee, that green-eyed blond fondly nicknamed "the teddy bear bee?" (Well, it does have that fuzzy-wuzzy look, and it...
If you're looking for the newsletter, from the UC apiaries, it has a new home. The new UC California Cooperative Extension apiculturist, Elina Lastro Niño, has moved it to her website now that Eric Mussen has retired. Mussen, now Extension...
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Brent A Holtz Ph.D.
San Joaquin County Cooperative Extension
Robert J. Cabral Ag Center
2101 E. Earhart Avenue, Ste 200, Stockton, CA 95206
Phone: (209) 953-6100
Fax: (209) 953-6128
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California black rail likes leaks
Posted 3/3/2015 - World Wildlife Day is today, March 3. While Californians are tightening their pipes to conserve water during this fourth year of drought, the California black rail might say, “Let it leak,” if it could speak. The rare bird species makes its...
Organic farmers are counting on UC to control exotic Virginia creeper leafhoppers
Posted 2/25/2015 - When Virginia creeper leafhopper made its way into Mendocino and Lake county wine country a few years ago, some certified organic winegrape producers threw in the towel. “They lost too much income,” said Glenn McGourty, a UC Agriculture and...
Insecticide use threatens onion seed production
Posted 2/24/2015 - Insecticides farmers use in Northern California onion seed production appear to repel honeybees, which can result in reduced seed yields, according to a recent study by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR) researchers. Visitation by honeybees...
Thinning is an effective tool for management of blue oak woodlands
Posted 2/20/2015 - Stately oak trees with blue-green leaves – known as blue oaks – are found in the foothills of California's Sierra Nevada and coast range, and nowhere else on earth. They are valued for their beauty, wildlife habitat, shade and acorn...
Conservation ag may allow farmers to be part of carbon ‘cap and trade’
Posted 2/17/2015 - Long-term research by UC Agriculture and Natural Resources scientists has documented the capacity for farmland in the San Joaquin Valley managed with conservation practices to sequester carbon, results that could give farmers a seat at the carbon trading...