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A discussion with David Gates of Ridge Vineyards on how pest pressure varies according to the location and variety of the vine, beneficial insects he has used in his vineyards, and some of the cultural practices he implemented to limit pest pressure.
A discussion with Emily Symmes of Suterra on the use of mating disruption and insect traps, and on the future of augmentative biological control in nut cropping systems.
A discussion with Greg Gonzalez of Scheid Vineyards on the importance of the vineyard crew’s role in an IPM program, and on misconceptions about the cost of transitioning to organic.
A discussion with Alejandro Del-Pozo about the need for vegetable growers to get ahead of upcoming pesticide regulations by using conservation and augmentative biocontrol in vegetable crops as well as new technologies available to IPM practitioners.
A discussion with Kent Daane about the need to manage insecticides as part of an IPM program, the biological control agents being used in vineyards, and the use of cover crops for promoting vine health.
A discussion with Kelly Damewood, CEO of CCOF about the challenge of the organic transition period and how both public and private funding can support farmers.
A discussion with Mark Hoddle of UC Riverside about the role of classical, augmentative, conservation biocontrol and ant management in the fight against the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and other sap-sucking pests.
A discussion with Gina Bella Colfer, key account manager for organic agriculture at Wilbur Ellis, about conservation biological control, the use of beneficial insects in vegetable crops, and the promotion of soil health.
A discussion with Chris Sayer, manager of Petty Ranch, a lemon and avocado farm in Ventura, California, about cover cropping, integrated pest management, biocontrol and climate change.
“The lack of incentives for adopting IPM is probably the strongest barrier” – Surendra Dara of the UC Cooperative Extension
A discussion about some of the advantages of IPM, the current lack of incentives for its adoption, the difference between IPM and organic practices as well as the need for better field scouting and education.