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Growing News

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

February 25, 2015

Learn more about the current PSHB infestation and view the most recent distribution maps.

February 6, 2015

On Tuesday February 3, the research team working on the polyphagous shot hole borer (PSHB) and fusarium dieback (FD) disease complex assembled in Riverside to exchange information and discuss progress to date. The team has grown to nearly 20 researchers working on various aspects of the problem so routine meetings like this are critical to keep the effort focused and on track.

January 28, 2015

With the California avocado season beginning, CAC — in collaboration with industry representatives — has developed a series of harvest best practices to minimize the spread of Euwallacea sp. shot hole borers and the fusarium dieback they vector.

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.