Agriculture Glance 4-7-13
Survey for new plant disease
A new race of Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. vasinfectum (FOV), the Fusarium wilt pathogen of cotton, has become problematic in the San Joaquin Valley of California.
A survey has been initiated to find if any races of FOV are detectable in Arizona cotton, particularly FOV 4.
Growers who see seedling (1-2 leaf stage) wilt, defoliation or plant collapse are asked to notify Kurt Nolte at 503-4956. Preliminary diagnostics will be conducted in the field; samples will be submitted to the University of Arizona Extension Plant Pathology Lab to distinguish possible FOV from other seedling diseases.
Ag worker training
Spaces are still available for the 2013 pesticide safety train-the-trainer workshops being offered in Yuma this month by the Arizona Department of Agriculture.
The workshops in both Spanish and English are for those who want to become qualified to provide Worker Protection Standard pesticide safety training to agricultural workers and pesticide handlers in Arizona.
Sessions will cover pesticide labels, personal protective equipment, pesticide-related health issues and training requirements. Participants will receive an instructor's handbook, EPA-approved materials and other resources.
The course will be presented in Spanish from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. April 16 and in English from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. April 17.
In addition, a refresher course for those who want to renew their Arizona Trainer Certification will be offered on April 18. The course in Spanish will meet from 8 to 11:45 a.m. and in English from 1 to 4:45 p.m.
Registration is free. Deadline to register is April 10. For more information, call 1-602-255-3662 or 1-602-542-0985. Registration forms are available online at www.azda.gov/ESD/TTTInfo.aspx.
Lettuce insect losses workshop
The annual season end lettuce insect, disease and weed losses workshop will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. (lunch provided) April 17 at the Yuma Agriculture Center, 6425 W. 8th St.
The goal is to develop data on insect losses, insecticide and other control information and control costs in the production of head lettuce that can be used in defense of chemistry being threatened by regulatory action.
Advance registration is required at 782-5871. Two Arizona and California continuing education units will be offered.
Citrus, date palm workshop
The University of Arizona Yuma Agriculture Center, 6425 W. 8th St., will host a citrus and date palm workshop at 8:30 a.m. April 25, with a complimentary lunch. Arizona and California hours are expected to be available.
Topics will include the latest update on citrus greening and the Asian citrus psyllid, including details of the recent ACP finds and quarantines in the state; citrus brown wood rot disease; the red palm weevil and the South American palm weevil trapping efforts; and various viral diseases that threaten palm trees, including Texas Phoenix palm decline.
For more information, contact Glenn Wright at email@example.com.