2 05, 2018

CAPCA Spring Summit

By | May 2nd, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides|0 Comments

The California Association of Pest Control Advisers (CAPCA) hosted its 2018 Spring Summit on April 24 – 25 in Temecula.  Summit attendees toured UC Riverside's citrus grove and experiment station and learned about the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) mitigation standards for bulk citrus movement, scouting techniques, identification, and management strategies. With more than 500 HLB-positive trees [...]

26 04, 2018

Petal Fall Update

By | April 26th, 2018|Categories: Citrus Industry, Laws & Regulations, Pesticides|0 Comments

Bloom season is coming to an end which means counties are declaring 75 percent petal fall. The announcement of petal fall lifts the restrictions of applications to citrus groves with materials toxic to honeybees. This will allow the citrus grower to apply the necessary pesticides to protect their crop from insect pests. The following counties [...]

26 04, 2018

Chlorpyrifos and Sulfoxaflor Update

By | April 26th, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

CCM received a briefing regarding the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS’s) Biological Opinion (BiOp) for chlorpyrifos last week from the coalition working to maintain chlorpyrifos registrations CCM has belonged to since 2014.  The EPA has asked for public comment for the BiOp which has important implications for the future regulation of all pesticides.  The BiOp [...]

19 04, 2018

Kern County Area-Wide Spring Treatment Schedule and Guidelines

By | April 19th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides|0 Comments

The following article was originally posted on the Citrus Insider Website. To protect commercial citrus from Huanglongbing (HLB), it is critical to keep Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) populations in groves as low as possible. While there has been a significant amount of monitoring and preventative ACP treatment in Kern County, the San Joaquin Valley ACP/HLB [...]

12 04, 2018

“Dirty Dozen” List Excludes Citrus

By | April 12th, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

Once again, citrus has avoided the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list. The EWG has been putting together this Dirty Dozen list since 2004 and ranks fruits and vegetables based on pesticide contamination. This list continues to scare consumers into thinking their fresh produce is unsafe even though the USDA and FDA sampling data [...]

5 04, 2018

It’s Bloom Season!

By | April 5th, 2018|Categories: Citrus Industry, Pesticides|0 Comments

Bloom season is underway and for citrus, this establishes the beginning of a time period when the use of insecticides is greatly restricted in citrus groves. As 10% bloom is declared in each district, all citrus growers, pest control operators, and beekeepers must comply with the regulations covering the citrus/bee protection areas (section 6654 and [...]

5 04, 2018

Neonicotinoids Under Review

By | April 5th, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

This week CCM and the California Citrus Quality Council submitted joint comments to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding neonicotinoid insecticides.  The neonicotinoid insecticides, which include imidacloprid, clothianidin, thiamethoxam, and dinotefuran, are going through registration review. Imidacloprid and thiamethoxam are very important to the citrus industry and Citrus Mutual has been aggressive in defending the [...]

15 03, 2018

State Attorney General and Chlorpyrifos

By | March 15th, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides|0 Comments

The decision last year by EPA Administrator Pruitt not to issue a registration decision canceling the label for Chlorpyrifos was met by an outcry from the activists and a legal response by several state attorney generals. (Surprise – California being one) CCM met with a senior attorney for the filing and strongly cautioned the office [...]

1 03, 2018

Mischief Afoot?

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Pest and Disease, Pesticides|0 Comments

Previously we talked about our meeting with the Attorney General during which the subject of Chlorpyrifos enforcement and “agency agreements” was raised.  Time precluded in-depth discussion at that session, but since then CCM has visited with the Attorney General’s office and more specifically the Chief of Staff (COS) and the individual responsible for coordinating efforts [...]

1 03, 2018

Bactericides Now Approved for ACP Protection

By | March 1st, 2018|Categories: Pesticides|0 Comments

The California Citrus Quality Council has successfully acquired a Section 18 for the industry specific to the use of bactericides in specified locations.  The Section 18 announcement and UC recommendations for use are both posted on the CCM Website.  The Section 18 allows growers to use this innovative material in groves located within an HLB [...]