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Growing News

These articles are time-sensitive cultural management pieces that address current growing conditions and seasons.

November 12, 2015

Genetic analysis of a beetle specimen collected in a trap in an avocado grove in Orange County confirm that the specimen is in fact the KSHB. Learn more.

November 11, 2015

This week we have learned that one grove in Ventura County has been found to have trees with beetle activity. The grove is located on the western edge of Santa Paula, approximately 2-miles from the early PSHB trap find.

November 4, 2015

The California Avocado Commission learned this week that specimens captured in two traps in Ventura County have been confirmed as the polyphagous shot hole borer. Learn more.

Cultural Management

These articles are a collection of perennial cultural management best practices.

March 24, 2014

As growers and pest control advisors plan their arthropod pest management program for 2014, they should consider the consequences of pesticide resistance that would make pest management problematic in the future.

December 18, 2013

View three presentations concerning threats posed to California avocado groves by new pests and diseases, including laurel wilt disease, fusarium dieback disease, the polyphagous shot hole borer and the Florida redbay ambrosia beetle.

September 24, 2013

Because avocado trees are tropical rainforest trees, they are active year-round — and that means cultural management of avocado groves is necessary throughout the year. In fall, growers should prepare avocado groves for winter weather events, flush out accumulated salts, and apply pruning techniques and fertilization for optimal spring performance.