According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, avocado seed weevil are of high concern because the pests could arrive in the U.S. within imported avocados from Mexico and Colombia. To proactively address the invasive threat of avocado seed weevils, a research program to identify pheromones released by male weevils was launched.
Experts gathered at Pine Tree Ranch to shoot a video addressing how California avocado growers can best prepare for heat events, which have become a more frequent occurrence throughout the state. The three California avocado experts discussed the most recent heat wave and its impact on the California avocado industry. Learn more.
The false chinch bug is problematic for a wide range of crops — from soybeans to broccoli. This year, young avocado plantings in Ventura County are a favorite for the pest.
In early September much of California experienced excessive heat, including many avocado growing regions. Understandably, due to this extreme heat some trees are experiencing severe damage. The California Avocado Commission immediately contacted the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to pursue possible funding for growers under the Tree Assistance Program.
The Ventura County Resource Conservation District is launching an Interactive Irrigation Management program to reduce the leaching of nitrogen into surface and groundwater. The program will work with growers to track nutrient and irrigation management, determine whether nitrogen leaching is occurring and, if so, help them implement measures to reduce leaching.