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Laura Patterson  |  UC Davis  |  Davis, CA

Subject: For anyone in CA that raises at least 1 pig outdoors: fill out a survey & be entered to win a gi

Hello - I am a former small-scale California farmer and currently a PhD candidate in epidemiology at UC Davis. My thesis focuses on small-scale diversified farms, with an emphasis on the interface of feral pigs and outdoor-raised pigs. My advisor is Dr. Alda Pires, who is a University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) specialist of urban agriculture and food safety.

We recently created an online survey to identify outdoor-raised pigs in California as well as areas which are impacted by feral pig intrusions. This survey is appropriate for anyone that raises at least one pig outside including: pork producers, farmers, ranchers, backyard operations, 4-H/FFA members, pet pig owners, heritage pig breeders, pig rescue groups, etc.

Click here to take the survey.

Survey participation will help UCCE develop outreach and educational materials for all operations that raise pigs outdoors and/or

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09/11/18
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Flying V Farmers  |  Flying V Farm  |  Placerville, CA

Subject: Seeking Garden Symphylan Guidance

Hi all,

My name is Grayson, myself and three others started a diversified fruit and veggie farm in Placerville CA this January.

We are learning that we have a Garden Symphylan (GS) infestation in parts of our veggie field. I have found them on the roots of crop plants, as well as lured them with potato slices. They have seriously damaged patches of direct sown spinach, killing or stunting plants just after germination, seems to be stunting growth on transplanted parsley and currently are attacking our direct seeded squash as it germs, killing some before they break the soil surface. It is presenting in patches, and is especially hindering direct sown crops. I have found them in numbers up to five per plant in the bad spots, and 15+ on some of the potato lures. It's definitely impacting our yields and causing us to worry about the suitability of the site.

After reading though some literature on GS it

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In Topics Soil Fertility Management, Seed & Planting, Pest & Disease Management, Beginning Farmers & Ranchers

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06/02/18, updated

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  |  NCAT/ATTRA  |  Davis commented

So, I recall attending a Soil Food Web seminar back in 2002 in Santa Cruz, with Elaine Ingham, and we went to UCSC farm/garden, which has major symphylan infestation at the time, and Elaine claimed that the soil was "out of balance", and that symphylans only are primarily fungi feeders, which didn't match my, or Jim Leap's observations. I think symphs are opportunistic, feeding on fine plant roots and/or soil fungal mycelia, as the opportunities arise. Both Jim's and Mike M's experience underline the idea that incorporated cover crops provide large boost to population numbers, likely through symphs feeding on fungi, as well as the ease of transport in the upper layers of the soil, with so many transport routes (roots?) in the top soil layer from decaying cover crop residue. Because they migrate vertically in the soil profile, their population numbers can be pretty random, as Jim L mentioned. it's

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08/19/18 4:29 PM

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Team Bernier  |  Bernier Farms  |  Geyserville, CA

Subject: Rats on the farm

Hello fellow farmers,

How is everyone doing with their rodent population. It seems that we have more rats than usual and I have been setting traps with peanut butter, but my rats don't seem to go for it. We have tried the electronic or battery operated traps and those don't seem effective either. Any suggestions out there? Yael Bernier/Bernier Farms

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03/07/18

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  |  Strutz Ranch  |  Sloughhouse, CA commented

Placement is important And more traps.  Had I 1 or 2 traps in my attic, then. When I put 10 up there caught the rats quickly. Geotech supply is my pest control supplier very knowledgeable pest control supplier Good luckSent from my iPhone
08/18/18 5:54 AM

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Brandon Sanders  |  RobinSong Farms  |  Templeton, CA

Subject: SLCV in C. moschata

I have, I believe, a form of Squash Leaf Curl Virus (upward curl) in a distinct area of my winter squash field. It seems to only be infecting C. moschata varieties, particularly Kikuza. At first, online research made it seem that I am not in a region where the virus exists, but I started to see more talk of it in CA. I am wondering:

1) How should I be preventing this in the future?

2) Should I be removing the infected plants? I do not see any whitefly currently.

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06/13/17

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  |  Green Gage Farm  |  Novato, CA commented

Just want to thank Becky Shirley for her referral to Jan Leowen! Jan worked with me for almost 8 months, and finally got me a commercial insurance plan, as well as a 'Liability' plan from another vendor. This was a very difficult situation, in that I have a 2-acre farm with 4 vacation cottages (+ my house and a few outbuildings) and it is ON A FARM! So there are things that young children should not encounter. Does anyone else have commercial capacity?

07/29/18 12:15 AM

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Katie Brimm  |  Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture  |  Oakland, CA

Subject: Earn a Certificate in Applied Agroecology with MESA's online course

Greetings all,

Our Spring Cohort for the Applied Agroecology Program is open for enrollement - sign up today for the May 1st start date. We invite you to learn more about this opporuntity below. Please share widely with your networks that might be interested! This is also a great opportunity to offer your farm workers/interns/apprentices as well to supercharge their learning experiences.
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Katie and the MESA Team

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The Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agricultural (MESA) is proud to offer the Certificate in Applied Agroecology Program (CAAP), completely online! Our Certificate in Applied Agroecology is open-sourced, community based, with contributions from experts in the field, and builds both your technical knowledge and your theoretical framework of the socio-political aspects of farming.

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04/17/18
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Torrey Douglass  |  Weather Watch Ranch  |  Boonville, CA

Subject: It's almost fly time! Spring is ramping up and the first flies are appearing. We have chickens, pig

It's almost fly time! Spring is ramping up and the first flies are appearing. We have chickens, pigs, and cows. Anyone have some effective and non-toxic/low-toxic solutions for fly abatement? Thanks for any tips!

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05/30/13, updated

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  |  Rincon-Vitova Insectaries  |  Ventura, CA commented

We at Rincon-Vitova Insectaries grow 3 species of fly parasite wasps for a mixture that works in most situations. In addition we sell the Sagebrush traps made by David Olkowski from small hanging traps to ones that sit on a 5 gallon bucket and one that sits on a 55 gallon drum. Molasses diluted 1:3 with water makes a great fly bait that smells pleasant for about 2 weeks then begins to stink. We also carry balEnce fly spray that is NOP organic, so we can offer a complete organic/biological fly control program. balEnce contains a strain of Beauvaria bassicana, an insect eating fungus, that kills flies but does not harm fly parasites. For biting flies we produce the NZI trap that is a visual target for tabanid flies like horse and deer flies that irritate cattle and humans. We set up scheduled shipments so farmers can stay on top of fly problems so they can keep flies suppressed, a comfortable place to be.

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04/11/18 11:04 PM

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Shubham Jaiswal  |  Mordor Intelligence  |  Boston, MA

Subject: Discussion on Biostimulants market in Florida

Hi,

I would like your inputs on the following queries:

1. Do you use biostimulants? If yes, then what products do you use?

2. Would you like to use biostimulants? If yes, then what kind of biostimulants would you prefer?
3. Do you think Biostimulants are healthy for soil ?
4. If you are considering to use biostimulants then, what details do you need before starting to use the product?.
5. What are the major issues that arise during growing strawberry, tomato and other crops?

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03/02/18
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  |  FarmsReach  |  Berkeley, CA commented

We saw your post requesting info from the farming market in Florida... 1) 99% of this community is in California, and 2) I see that you are a market research firm, which is not a good fit for this forum. May we suggest you contact farmers and ranchers in Florida directly. Best of luck.

03/02/18 11:41 AM

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Paul Underhill  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA

Subject: UCCE Bagrada Study

I thought it best to post this in a new thread. This study shows the extreme difficulty of controlling bagrada bugs organically as well as the potential risk it poses to anyone who is growing brassicas.

http://ucanr.edu/blogs/blogcore/postdetail.cfm?postnum=15855

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11/11/14

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  |  Classic Organic Farm  |  Gaviota, CA commented

When the mustard on the adjacent hillsides drys up, the Bagrada moves into my fields - August or September usually. When the weather cools down in November, they are a lot less active. They try to hide in cracks and crevices in the barns and houses.

11/15/14 6:11 AM

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Ben Lyons  |  Lockewood Acres  |  Vacaville, CA

Subject: Cucumber Beetles

I have a beautiful patch of pumpkins and i am noticing lots! of cucumber beetles. Should i be concerned about damage to the blossoms that would result in less fruit. If so what is out there that an organic farmer can use. I have not had to use anything to date and have noticed scaring on fruit but that was not an issue last year. thanks

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08/29/17
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Paul Underhill  |  Terra Firma Farm  |  Winters, CA

Subject: Solarization

I'm wondering if anyone out there has tried or is successfully doing soil solarization for weed control?

I did a few small fields this year and am hoping to compare notes on challenges and strategies. As usual, the resources available from UC extension are very academic in their focus and offer very little practical information and zero problemsolving details.

Thanks!

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08/01/17

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  |  Root 64  |  SACRAMENTO, CA commented

I got used plastic so can't tell you the exact specs since I didn't buy it new. My understanding is that it was made specifically for solarizing, and the farmer I got it from (UCD student farm) got it second hand from a wildlands reclamation program where it was used to control invasive weeds / clear house before planting natives. It is substantially thinner than greenhouse plastic, but sinilarly UV stabilized. Because it was used and had a few holes, we doubled it over, and after soaking the area, covered up the THICK stand of Bermuda for 2-3 months of summer heat. Once or twice, I threaded a hose into the patch under the plastic and soaked it again. When I pulled it back in October or so it was truly a miracle! A thick mat of dead Bermuda mulch and not a rhizome to be found.

A couple of things of note: we have EXTREMELY heavy clay soil, which I've heard keeps Bermuda rhizomes quite shallow, helping

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