Food & Farm News
» January 3, 2006 «
One of the highlights of the glassy-winged sharpshooter task force projects of 2005 is the pilot nursery treatment project. Selected Southern California nurseries began treating stock with a single application of Sevin or Tame. The plants were then shipped to Northern California nurseries. Thus far, no nymphs have emerged from egg masses on participating nursery stock. Also successful is the introduction of a stingerless wasp that preys on the glassy-winged sharpshooter eggs.
Agricultural research scientists have developed a more efficient vaccinator for poultry farmers. The new device is far more effective in inoculating chickens against infectious bronchitis and even exotic Newcastle disease. The device is an inhaler that delivers vaccine in a uniform but quiet manner so the birds are not disturbed. With it one person can vaccinate about 75,000 chickens in about seven minutes compared to five people taking 45 minutes to do the job conventionally.
Fruit and nut farmers are beginning to get concerned about the lack of chill hours this winter. Their trees need a set amount of hours when temperatures are below 45 degrees to produce an even bloom, and November and December failed to produce many. Cherry trees need the most, 1,200 would be ideal, but there have been far less thus far. If January stays warm, the trees may start to bloom too early and unevenly and produce fruit that does not meet marketing standards.
Consumers can expect to see more branded beef available in retail stores in 2006. Producers are realizing market potential from providing consumers with a brand they learn to trust. Growers realize they can obtain a better return on their products when they produce a quality product. A leader in branded beef plans additional product lines for 2006 and thinks other producers will also.Top