Mitigating drought in pastures
BROWNS VALLEY — The University of California will host a meeting Wednesday about mitigating drought and supplemental feed for cattle.
To register, http://ucanr.org/sites/sfrec.
Browns Valley is about 52 miles from Chico, northwest of Yuba City.
Topics include rangeland forage, storing annual feed, optimizing pasture, grazing management, economics of feed, what ranchers learned from the 1970s drought, low-interest loans and rain insurance.
Leaders promoted at Lundberg Family Farms
RICHVALE — Lundberg Family Farms named Renee Thresher its new vice president of manufacturing. She was promoted after serving as corporate quality systems manager since 2010.
Lundberg Family Farms also create a new position of vice president of sales and marketing, expanding the management role played by Todd Kluger, who has served as vice president of marketing since 2009.
Rice export reports
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Net rice sales of 43,000 metric tons for 2013/2014 were up noticeably from the previous week, but down 29 percent from the prior four-week average, USA Rice Federation reported.
Increases were reported for Japan, 29,900 metric tons, Guatemala, 10,300 metric tons, Turkey, 6,700 metric tons, Honduras, 5,400 metric and Panama, 4,800 metric tons.
Decreases were reported for Canada.
Five California business, organizations honored for pesticide reduction
SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has granted the 2013 Integrated Pest Management Innovator Award to five California businesses and organizations that use “greener” methods to effectively control pests. This award is the department”s highest environmental honor.
Scientific Methods, of Butte County, which has helped California growers reduce the amount of insecticide used on almonds and other tree crops by adopting stringent pest-management practices to reduce organophosphates.
(Another is the Walnut Production Research Advisory Council Entomology Working Group of Tehama County).
The California Walnut Production Research Advisory Council Entomology Working Group is part of the California Walnut Board. The Working Group has helped walnut growers to reduce use of pesticides, such as organophosphates, including use of puffer technology to disrupt the mating patterns of targeted pests.
Other winners include UC Cooperative Extension, Yolo County Resource Conservation District and Hedgerow Farms. This project explores and promotes the benefits of planting hedgerows of California native plants at the edges of farm fields to potentially help reduce the need for pesticides.
Other winners include IPM Advocates Program and the Contra Costa Agriculture Department.
Herbicide-resistant palmer amaranth reported
Palmer amaranth is a weed native to the southwestern United States that has developed resistance to various herbicides since the late 1980s, Weed Science reports. Its resistance to glyphosate was first confirmed in 2006 in Macon County, Georgia, and has since spread to 13 states.
Palmer amaranth, which is capable of producing more than 600,000 seeds for each female plant, significantly affects crop yields throughout the southern United States, according to an article in Weed Science.
Full text of the article, “Impact of Genetic Background in Fitness Cost Studies: An Example from Glyphosate-Resistant Palmer Amaranth,” Weed Science, Vol. 62, No. 1, January?March 2014, http://wssa.net.