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Latest on bean thrips management at Aug. 15 meeting in Tulare, Calif.

Information on the biology and identification of bean thrips, the sticky card detection program, and regulatory issues will be discussed during a two-hour workshop on Aug. 15 in Tulare, Calif.

Bean thrips adults can hide in the navel end of oranges during the winter months as fruit is harvested, and can become an export issue for countries such as Australia and New Zealand. A program is in place in the San Joaquin Valley, Calif., to detect bean thrips in citrus orchards using stickem-coated cards.

The 10:00 a.m. to noon meeting will include:

Welcome — Beth Grafton-Cardwell, integrated pest management specialist and research entomologist, Kearney Agricultural Center, and Neil O’Connell, Cooperative Extension citrus farm advisor, Tulare County;

“Bean thrips biology and identification/2006 sticky trap results as they relate to fruit infestations” — Joseph Morse, University of California entomology professor;

“Status of the Australian bean thrips pre-clearance program” — Wally Ewart, California Citrus Quality president;

Mike Guidicipietro, national trade director, phytosanitary issues management, plant protection and quarantine, U.S. Department of Agriculture;

“Panel discussion on the sticky card program and inspection issues” — Nancy Holland, Kern County, deputy director over consumer and ag protection; Don Borges, Tulare County, standards and quarantine ag inspector; and Tye Hafner, Fresno County, supervising agricultural/standards specialist; plus:

“10-minute rotations between three monitoring stations” (fruit cutting, sticky card sampling, and microscopic specimens).

Note: The meeting is for training in sticky cards and fruit cutting, but does not replace the need for individual packinghouse training by the district ag inspector.

The meeting will be held at the Tulare Ag Building Auditorium, 4437 S. Laspina St., Suite B, Tulare, Calif.

For more information, call (559) 685-3309.

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