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Danger fumigation
Photo by David Haviland

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 Protection Agency (EPA) to award a $50,000, two-year grant to UC IPM Advisor David Haviland to provide worker protection training to farmers and farm 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 of fumigants.

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

Herbicide resistant horseweed
Photo by Anil Shrestha

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 herbicides registered for use in California. The most common brand is Roundup. According to the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, 5.7 million pounds 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 eat.
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