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Progressive Crop Consultant
  • SELECTIVE FORCES THAT ACT ON WEEDSSELECTIVE FORCES  THAT ACT ON WEEDS
    Weeds are problematic in crops, primarily because they compete with commodities for water, light, and nutrients, which can result in yield loss. Weeds can also impact crops, indirectly, by serving as alternate hosts for insects and pathogens (Del Pozo-Valdivia 2019; Petit et al. 2011), providing habitat for vertebrate pests (White… Read more »
  • Integrating Key Water Management Information to Better Manage IrrigationIntegrating Key Water Management Information to Better Manage Irrigation
    Over the past several years, few irrigated regions of the country have escaped the impacts of drought and in many places this has translated to increased costs and reduced availability of irrigation water. California growers in particular have experienced dramatic reductions in surface water deliveries and have increasingly turned to… Read more »
  • The Crop Consultant Conference Full Menu of Workshops and SeminarsThe Crop Consultant Conference Full Menu of Workshops and Seminars
    Click Here to Sign Up Now The inaugural Crop Consultant Conference will be a gathering place for all who are dedicated to caring for California specialty crops. Pest control advisors (PCA), certified crop advisors (CCA), applicators and agriculture retailers are all invited to participate in this two-day event, September 26th… Read more »
Organic Farmer
  • A New Tool Makes it Easy for Organic Farmers to Follow the NOP Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity ConservationA New Tool Makes it Easy for Organic Farmers to Follow the NOP Guidance on Natural Resources and Biodiversity Conservation
    The concept of healthy farms brings to mind fertile soils, clean water, and abundant wildlife. These amenities or ecosystem services were at one time taken for granted, but are now increasingly in the news and scientific literature, as we recognize that many are being degraded.   Biologically Diverse Agricultural Ecosystems… Read more »
  • Why Research MattersWhy Research Matters
    Organic farming is a more knowledge- and science-based way of doing things. For example, you need to understand the lifecycles and biological interactions of pests and you need to know how soil works. It’s a completely different system than non-organic farming—that’s why research focused on organic is so critical.  … Read more »
  • Organic Soil Disinfestation Methods-Soil Solarization and BiosolarizationOrganic Soil Disinfestation Methods-Soil Solarization and Biosolarization
    Soils are reservoirs for weeds, pathogens, and nematodes, which if left uncontrolled can devastate crop yields. If pathogen, nematode, or weed levels rise to economically damaging levels it becomes necessary for growers to use soil disinfestation techniques to kill soilborne organisms. Historically, conventional growers use soilborne fumigants to disinfest soil… Read more »


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