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New pest found in California vineyards

Virginia creeper leafhopper.
The Virginia creeper leafhopper has been found in vineyards from the Oregon border to the northern Sacramento Valley, but so far has not made its way to the storied vineyards of Napa or Sonoma counties, according to an article in The Grower.

Reporter Vicky Boyd based the article on a report by Lucia Varela, UC Cooperative Extension advisor, an integrated pest management expert for the north coast of California. So far, the Virginia creeper leafhopper has been reported primarily in backyard and organic vineyards.

Western leafhoppers are common in California vineyards. Many are controlled by natural enemies. Whether the same will hold true for the Virginia creeper leafhoppers is unknown.

Learn how to distinguish the two leafhoppers by watching the 4-minute UCCE video below.

 

Fifth annual sheepdog trials in Hopland showcase dogs' skills
Tiffany Revelle, Ukiah Daily Journal

Dog handlers competed recently in the 5th Annual Sheepdog Trials, held on the rolling hills of the UC Hopland Research and Extension Center.

Sheepdog trials are held all over the nation, allowing dogs to accumulate points that count toward a national competition where the top 150 compete for the top spot, bragging rights, and possibly, for money-making opportunities that could include training or breeding, according to Bob Keiffer, superintendent at Hopland.

Posted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 10:54 AM

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