Fumigation Was Big Topic
At Santa Maria Strawberry Meeting
New laws and regulations on
fumigation for Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo County strawberry growers were
in place for the first time this season, and growers did a good job for the
most part. This and other topics were discussed at the Wednesday's annual Strawberry
Production and Pest Management Meeting in Santa Maria.
According to Lottie Martin, Ag Biologist, Santa
Barbara County Ag Commissioners office, for the most part, grower chose the
right tarps for the right situation. “Growers must be careful to use a 60
percent tarp when capping a fumigation with the nematicide 1,3 D,” said Martin.
“Growers should plan well in advance to make sure the tarp that is needed, is
Martin said mandated buffer
zones were noted and documented, however operators need to do a better job with
a Strawberry and Vegetable Crops Advisor, UC Cooperative Extension, San Luis
Obispo, spoke about re-evaluating lygus bug IPM tools in strawberries with a
focus on field vacs, monitory and economic thresholds. He spoke of an
experiment with softer chemistry such as well as using B. bassiana, a soil fungus that acts as a parasite to lygus. “A
combination of B. bassiana and azadirachtin.
Research Manager with California Strawberry Commission in Watsonville also
spoke about lygus. Her focus was third year bug vac research for lygus control.
Pomologist and Strawberry Production Specialist with the UC South coast Research
and Education Center, Irvine spoke about advanced selections and non-chilling
Strawberry and Caneberry Farm Advisor and County Director with UC Cooperative
Extension, Santa Cruz County spoke about strawberry transplanting and the
critical importance of chilling hours necessary for strawberry production.
Steve Fennimore, Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC Davis updated attendees on the
use of steam to kill soil pathogens, in place of fumigants. He said work is
focused on reducing the cost and outlined possible use of a prototype machine
around certain higher risk areas near buffer zones on production fields.
Karen Klonsky, Cooperative
Extension Specialist, UC Davis spokes about the economic considerations of
alternatives to fumigation and producing a second year crop.
Also speaking was Thomas Flewell, Flewell Consulting,
Watsonville-Salinas. His topic focused on evaluating pest management strategies
with numbers. What do the numbers mean and how do we really know what we’re
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