UC IPM Makes It Happen
IPM Advisor coordinates worker protection safety training in Kern County
High levels of pesticide exposure incidents in Kern and other
southern San Joaquin Valley counties prompted the U.S. Environmental
Agency (EPA) to award a $50,000, two-year grant to UC IPM Advisor
David Haviland to provide worker protection training to farmers and
workers in Kern County.
Primarily, these incidents have been the result of drift from ground
and aerial applications of insecticides or the off-site movement
The project is a collaborative effort of the Kern County
UCCE, Kern County Agricultural Commissioner's office, and the UC
Statewide IPM Program.
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Herbicide-resistant horseweed found in the south Central Valley
Anil Shrestha, UC IPM weed ecologist, and Kurt
Hembree, UCCE weed management
farm advisor, both based in Fresno County, have confirmed the existence
of a glyphosate-resistant horseweed biotype in the south Central
Valley. This is the first confirmation of glyphosate-resistant
horseweed in California.
Glyphosate is the active ingredient in several
for use in California. The most common brand is Roundup. According
to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, 5.7 million
of glyphosate were used by the agricultural industry in 2003.
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Researcher grows sunflowers to protect peaches from pest
If IPM Advisor
Walt Bentley has his way, sunflowers will offer a ray of hope in
the battle against the oriental fruit moth.
The oriental fruit moth is one of the most important pests of peaches and nectarines in the
world. The female moth lays eggs on the fruit,
and the eggs hatch into larvae which immediately attack the center
of the fruit and feed around the pit, making the fruit unfit to
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