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Alert Farmers: Bagrada Bug Comes to Yolo County!

The Bagrada Bug, a pest that arrived in Southern California sometime in 2008, is now in Yolo County.  An infestation was found in Esparto in August, 2014. Watch a short clip of the Bagrada Bug

The Bragada bug feeding on the crucifer shoot. Photo Credit: Rex Dufour
The Bagrada bug feeding on the crucifer shoot.Click to enlarge.  Photo Credit: Rex Dufour

This pest is a member of the stink bug family, although typically is about half the size, or smaller, than a stink bug.  It’s originally from southern Africa.  It has a wide host range, but seems to prefer feeding on crucifers.  It’s a sucking insect and its damage is a series of chlorotic spots on leaves (see the pictures of the bug).

A wider angle of the Bragada Bug shown eating away at crops.
A wider angle of the Bagrada Bug shown eating away at crops.  Click to enlarge. Photo Credit: Rex Dufour

Most stinkbugs’ egg masses are barrel shaped and laid in groups of a dozen or more.  The Bagrada bugs’ eggs may be laid singly, or in smaller, dispersed bunches, and are rounder and less barrel-shaped than is typical of stink bug eggs.  They will generally lay eggs on leaves, but unlike most stinkbugs, will also lay eggs in the soil.

Additional information and resources:

1. Has good pictures of adults, eggs and nymphs, as well as some damage, and links to other sources of information. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/pestalert/pabagradabug.html

2. Has information on host range of crops and ornamentals, as well as management options. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74166.html

3. Has a good set of pictures of the pest, and links to other informational sources and popular press stories about the pest. https://cisr.ucr.edu/bagrada_bug.html

4. A good article that highlights research about feeding behavior and damage of this pest. http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/finding-solutions-bagrada-bug-control-west

5. A short 2-pager with some pictures and short description of monitoring, lifecycle, damage, recognition, etc. http://ucanr.edu/sites/UCNFA/files/154583.pdf

6. This 3-minute presentation outlines the damage, host, controls, monitoring and different life stages of this pest. www.youtube.com/watch?v=gSj3AZoJIRM

Beginning Farmer & Rancher Program UPDATE!

Congratulations to the NCAT office for completing the California Beginning Farmer and Rancher (BFR) workshops. Now time for the nitty-gritty work. NCAT’s California office staff will be performing follow-ups in the next few weeks in order to establish how the BFR workshops have helped participants. This portion of the project is just as important and… Continue Reading

UCCED To Host Free Cottage Food Workshops

UC Cooperative Extensions Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources will be hosting a series of Cottage Food Law workshops. The California Homemade Food Act (AB1616) allows individuals to prepare and package certain non-potentially hazardous food in private home kitchens. Unfortunately process meat, dairy, fermented foods and juices are not legally acceptable cottage foods. The series… Continue Reading

NCAT Travels to Sebastopol for First Farmers Guild Raising Event

  On February 15th, farmers, consumers, grocers, restaurant owners, chefs, and community members from Mendocino County, Sonoma Valley, Yolo County and Sebastopol all gathered at the Sebastopol Grange to celebrate the first collaborative Guild Raising. NCAT specialists Rex Dufour, Marisa Alcorta and Intern Emma Koefoed attended the event as a chance to network and promote… Continue Reading

Market Linking Workshop February 20, 2014 in Monterey.

NCAT specialist Ann Baier is organizing a bilingual (English and Spanish) Market Linking Workshop that will expand on the marketing and promotional materials workshop held earlier this year. In January Ann and NCAT specialist Marisa Alcorta spoke to farmers about developing promotional materials for their farms, and strategies for utilizing free advertising to market their… Continue Reading

Taller de Manejo Ecológico de Plagas 6 feb 2014 en Modesto

Por favor únase a nosotros en un taller de manejo ecológico de plagas que se llevará a cabo este Jueves 6 de Febrero, 2014 en Modesto, CA. La discusión del taller será en ESPAñOL y se realizará en el Harvest Hall Conference Room, en el Service Center del USDA, y a continuación un tur a… Continue Reading

Monterey Marketing Workshop Televised by Univision!

Earlier this month NCAT specialists Ann Baier and Marisa Alcorta organized and presented a bilingual (English and Spanish) Marketing & Promotional Materials workshop that was hosted by Agriculture Land-Based Training Program (ALBA) and NCAT. This workshop is part of an ongoing series of trainings that will be held throughout the year as part of a… Continue Reading

Ann Baier Champions NCAT and Small Farmers

Congratulations to Ann Baier, NCAT Program Specialist, who was invited to talk with Food Chain Radio’s host, Michael Olson, on Good Morning Monterey earlier this week. Ann is a UC Davis graduate with a masters degree in international agriculture development and agronomy. She has experience in providing training and education to minority and limited resource… Continue Reading

Mercadeo de Productos Agrícolas 16th de Enero

Taller : Mercadeo de Productos Agrícolas  Dónde: ALBA: Centro de Desarrollo Rural 1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA 93908 Cuándo  Jueves 16 de Enero a las  8:30AM a 12:00PM Qué :Este taller le ayudará a: Prepararse para una buena presentación a potenciales compradores, y para mantener buenas relaciones con sus clientes. También diseñar y desarrollar materiales promocionales como etiquetas, tarjetas… Continue Reading

Marketing of Farm Products Workshop January 16th

  Marketing of Farm Products Workshop  Where: ALBA: Rural Development Center  1700 Old Stage Road, Salinas, CA 93908 When: January 16, 2014 8:30AM a 12:00PM What: This workshop will focus on  presenting yourself well to potential buyers, and maintaining good working relationship with your customers. Also how to design and develop promotional materials such as labels, business cards, bar… Continue Reading