No on Prop 15: Don’t be fooled
Prop 15, the split roll tax initiative (Schools and Communities First Funding Act), includes deceptive provisions that would undo important property tax protections for commercial and agricultural property that voters unanimously approved through Prop 13 in 1978. Prop 15 would not only be the largest property tax increase in California history, but also skyrockets taxes on every step from farm to table, affecting:
  • Barns
  • Fruit/nut trees
  • Dairies
  • Vineyards
  • Wineries
  • Processing facilities
  • Food transportation companies
  • Food warehouse
  • Grocers
California consumers can expect higher food prices while struggling with the higher cost of living. The initiative also eliminates incentives to build solar energy, increases challenges for small businesses to keep their doors open or reopen, and comes with minimal accountability protections to taxpayers. Prop 15 is not only an attack on our economy, but an attack on agriculture and the products we all depend on.
RESOURCES AND NO ON PROP 15 VIRTUAL TOWNHALL

Protect Your Water. Protect Your Investment.

GAR Bennett has as variety of water treatment products that both clean your lines and maintain your filter stations, keeping your irrigation system in working order.
Hye-Clean Aqua Flow
  • Delivers a valuable source of nitrogen and sulfur
  • Increases nutrient availability to targeted crops to help leach out harmful salts
  • Improves water infiltration
  • Reduces scale formation
Hye-Clean Line Scale Away
  • Minimizes mineral scale formation of calcium and sodium in high bicarbonate water
  • Most commonly used to treat well water
Hye-Clean Slime Away
  • Reduces algae and bacteria growth
  • Mitigates plugged screens and emitters
  • Primarily used for surface water
Hye-Clean Out (Organic)
  • Removes algae and bacteria build-up
  • Is effective in high pH waters
Hye-Clean Iron Out
  • Helps control iron build-up
  • Most commonly used to treat well water

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Continuing Education (CE) classes look a little different this year as we switch to online courses. Due to the ability to receive CE hours without attending in-person classes, DPR is not considering an extension for 2020 renewals. There are currently several DPR-approved online and correspondence-style courses available that can be taken during the day, evening or weekends from home or the office to satisfy CE requirements. Click the button below for links to these courses and more information on license renewal.
Before signing up for an online CE class, be sure to verify that the course offers credit for the type of license you have and qualifies for CA Department of Pesticide Regulation (CDPR) CE.
CE COURSES AND RENEWAL INFORMATION

CROP PROTECTION

Almonds: This crop is winding down as growers are getting ready for harvest or already shaking. Ensure your orchard floors are cleaned up if you haven’t already done so. Navel orangeworm (NOW) sprays and fertilizers are finished up. Hull rot has been an issue in some fields, especially for growers who have not cut back on their water as much. Keep this in mind for next year when planning your growing season. Continue to monitor for mites and ants—ant bait should be out at this time. As we watch for mites, keep in mind that once we see dew on the leaves in the morning, this marks the end of mite season and the treatment window. This is a good time to collect hull samples to get a look at your Boron levels as well as soil samples to plan your post-harvest program. Pre-emergent herbicides are right around the corner as well.
Citrus: We are still monitoring for thrips in young trees and citricola scale in some blocks. Thrips have been relatively calm this growing season compared to others, but it’s important to keep new flush clean on young trees and rotate sprays as needed. Those planning on exporting to Korea should be in close contact with their GAR Bennett PCA and packing house on products to use for fuller rose beetle. The first of two fuller rose beetle sprays required for Korea export need to be done by the end of August. We are finishing up the second flight of red scale and have a hatch coming up. This hatch has previously created big blow ups during September. If your field has a history of red scale, be sure to watch these blocks that may have high populations. With the hot temperatures, be sure to keep an eye on your Cara Caras as you may consider reapplying sunburn protection. Growers are also cleaning up weeds currently.
Grapes: Harvest is happening in all varieties. At this time, your PCA may be vigilantly looking for mites and mealybugs. Bunch rot, worms, raisin moths and omnivorous leafrollers (OLR) have been spotted in some blocks that were only treated once for these issues. Keep close contact with you GAR Bennett PCA if these diseases or pests are a concern in your field. We wish everyone a great harvest!
Stone Fruit: We are in the bottom third of the season for this crop. Late varieties of peaches, nectarines and plums are being harvested. We are continuing our pre-harvest treatments and keeping a watchful eye on the orchard for population jumps. There have been some katydid and brown rot issues in the field. Consult your GAR Bennett PCA on treatment options. With the high temperatures be sure to keep an eye out for mites. Growers may be preparing their post-harvest fertilizer programs. There’s still some time to take tissue samples to assess field needs for these programs. Weeds are also being cleaned up.
Cherries: As we fight the summer heat, be sure to keep an eye on mite development and treat promptly. We are continuing to apply sunburn protection and clean up weeds. Some growers are applying fertilizers based on field demands.
Pistachios: Growers are getting their orchards ready for harvest. Hull split sprays are currently being applied. The crop load looks good this year across the Valley.
Walnuts: Ethephon applications are currently happening in the field. Be sure to check for packing tissue brown if you have plans to spray as we are 5-6 days early this season. PCAs are trapping for husk fly and treating as appropriate. If you have shady spots or areas of moisture in your fields, consult your PCA on checking these areas for possible husk fly damage. Mite populations have been OK despite the hot temperatures. However, if you see populations increase be sure to contact your GAR Bennett PCA. Looking at about 20 days out for harvest. Crop load looks promising across the Valley.
Tomatoes: We are about 50%-60% into harvest. Some growers are applying fungicides to late fruit that was hit by rain last week. Yields have been variable due to impacts from curly top virus earlier in the season.
Dehydrated Onions: This crop is reaching the end of the growing season as it’s beginning to lay over in the field. It will lay for about a month before being harvested.
Cotton: We are starting to treat for whitefly and watch for aphid. The crop is coming along well but seems a little behind when compared to last year. Lygus pressure has been better this season.
Alfalfa Seed: Earlier fields are being harvested. Later fields are being desiccated and will be harvested in 4-5 days.

CROP NUTRITION

Optimize Yield in 2021: Focus on efficient post-harvest nutrition
We know there will always be ups and downs in the market. We also know the consequences of cutting back on post-harvest nutrition – missed opportunities when the market rebounds.
  • Efficient post harvest options
  • Getting back to basics for higher yields in 2021
  • Seasoned PCAs who can tailor programs to meet your needs
For a full description of our post-harvest services, please contact:
559.638.6311 | agronomy@garbennett.com
CONTACT
Post-Harvest Nutrition Considerations
contributed by Dylan Rogers of AgroLiquid
With almond harvest well underway, it is easy to fall into the mindset that the finish line for yet another growing season is near. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, the most important part of the growing season is still upon us. Post-harvest fertility can be one of the most crucial aspects of growing trees. Having a solid post-harvest game plan plays a critical role in ensuring better yields and quality for next season’s crop.
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WATER SERVICES

Precision Alfalfa Management (PAM) Services for Success
As corn is being harvested throughout the Valley, growers are shifting focus to plan their 2020 alfalfa and/or winter forage plantings. Ensuring your field is prepped for an effective growing season can be stressful and time consuming. A GAR Bennett Precision Alfalfa Management (PAM) supervisor can ease your crop pain, helping you save on your farming inputs.
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TECHNOLOGY

Automation: Plan for a better 2021
Harvest season has come and gone for some growers and preparations for the next growing season has begun. As we review the season and farming operation costs, reminders of irrigation keeping us up at night, turning on and off pumps, opening valves and worrying about reservoir refill creates added stress. The good news is the GAR Bennett automation team is here to help you remove those stresses by planning early and remotely.
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WORKER SAFETY

Stay Ahead of the Worker Safety Regulations in California
With strict and ever-changing regulations in California, your GAR Bennett worker safety team is working hard to make sure growers throughout the Central Valley are in full compliance. From small growers in Orosi, to large growers on the west side of Kettleman City, no one is exempt from following the stringent guidelines put in place by county officials. GAR Bennett Worker Safety Lead, Lilly Reyes, stresses the importance of implementing our infectious disease program for COVID-19 to educate employees on how to protect themselves and others from this virus. We all need to be on the lookout for Cal/OSHA visits in the upcoming weeks. If you need help, GAR Bennett’s worker safety team can assist in any way. Currently, recommended trainings include equipment inspections, emergency plans and lock out/tag out. Reach out to your GAR Bennett compliance team today to relieve this unwanted stress.
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FOOD SAFETY

Leave the Stress of Audits to the GAR Bennett Food Safety Team
GAR Bennett’s food safety team is in their peak season with stone fruit audits, and grape harvest is right around the corner. Packing houses are cracking down on regulations more than ever during this pandemic, checking to make sure all hygiene practices are being implemented. Packing houses must ensure all growers who supply their market driven needs are fulfilling the GFSI standard, which includes GLOBALG.A.P.
GAR Bennett’s Food Safety Lead, Shayna Lane, shares that despite this rigorous audit scheme, the process is much more farmer friendly than some may believe, especially during this time of COVID-19. “We walk the grower through multiple sessions on a yearly basis, covering all aspects of their audit,” states Lane. “This includes ranch visits, chemical room inspections, harvest assessments and the full conduction of their audits.”
The goal is to get growers through their yearly audit with a guaranteed 100% passing grade. If you have questions about your packing house or marketer’s needs, don’t wait to reach out to the compliance team to help alleviate this stress!
Click HERE to avoid hefty fines by contacting our food and worker safety teams.
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WHAT’S HAPPENING

$1 Million BIFS Grant to Address Pest Control in Walnuts
By Brian German, AgNet West
A project looking to address pest control in walnuts is being funded through the Biologically Integrated Farming Systems (BIFS) grant program from the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). The BIFS grant that was recently announced will provide $1 million to support a project looking at more sustainable pest control practices. – Read More
Congress urges enforcement of USMCA dairy provisions
By AGDAILY
A bipartisan coalition of House lawmakers today sent a letter urging the U.S. government to proactively enforce the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s dairy provisions. This letter is being applauded by the U.S. dairy industry, as the benefits that USMCA secures for America’s dairy farmers, processors and exporters will only be realized if the deal is fully enforced. – Read More
USDA Coronavirus Funds Expand for Farmers
By Pam Kan-Rice, California Ag Today
California farmers stand to benefit from the addition of more commodities now covered by the USDA Coronavirus Food Assistance Program, say UC Agriculture and Natural Resources expert. This week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture expanded eligibility and extended the deadline to apply to Sept 11. – Read More