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Vegetable Crops Newsletter

This newsletter is published by Amber Vinchesi.  Amber is the farm advisor for fresh market vegetables, tomatoes, sugar beets, and cucurbits serving Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties.

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Issue Articles Type Date Added
Vegetable Crop Newsletter - May 2023

In this issue:

  • Research updates
    • Evaluating commercially available processing tomato varieties for their tolerance and/or susceptibility to the new soilborne pathogen, Fusarium falciforme vine decline
    • Evaluation of compost application to processing tomato fields in the Sacramento Valley
  • “An update on floral and pheromone attractants for cucumber beetles and utility for IPM” by S. Jean, I. Grettenberger and A. Vinchesi-Vahl
  • “Feeding stimulants for managing cucumber beetles in melons” by S. Jean, I. Grettenberger and A. Vinchesi-Vahl


PDF 5/5/23
Meeting Announcement - Processing Tomato Production Meeting

South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting

8 am to noon, Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Woodland Community Center
2001 East Street, Woodland 95776
(From Highway113, exit on CR 25A, head west to East Street.  Right turn on East St. for ~1 mile)


PCA credits: 0.5 Laws and Regs; 2 hours Other; PCA Meeting Code: M-0153-23

CCA credits pending: 3.0 hrs IPM; 0.5 hrs Nutrient Management


PDF 1/13/23
Vegetable Crop Newsletter - December 2022
  • South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting
  • Fusarium falciforme cultivar performance table


PDF 12/12/22
Vegetable Crops Newsletter - Aug/Sept 2022
  • Farm call summary
  • Pest highlight: Vegetable Weevil
  • 2022 Research Updates
  • The South American Tomato Leafminer Tuta absoluta: Threats of Invasion and Future Plans for Control by Ben Lee, Postdoctoral Researcher at UC Davis


PDF 8/25/22
Vegetable Crop Newsletter - May 2022
  • VIRUS ALERT - 2022
  • Beet Curly top Virus


PDF 5/25/22
Vegetable Crop Newsletter - January 2022
  • 2021 Farm call summary
  • 2021 Research results
  • 2021 Research projects
  • Characterizing the non-crop habitat for a pest of melons, the western striped cucumber beetle
    • Jasmin Ramirez Bonilla, Department of Entomology and Nematology, UC Davis


PDF 1/25/22
Virtual Healthy Soils Compost Field Day Agenda


PDF 7/27/21
Vegetable Crops Newsletter - July 2021
  • Special Virus Issue
  • Grower Alert - 2021
  • RB-TSWV Action Plan - 2021 - Monitor/Conform/Manage
  • Disease Highlight: Beet Curly Top Virus


PDF 7/20/21
Vegetable Crop Newsletter - March 2021
  • 2020 Research Results
  • Fusarium wilt of tomato, caused by Fusarium oxysporum f. sp. lycopersici race 3 - a soil - borne killer
    • Kelly Paugh and Cassandra Swett, Vegetable Crop Pathology, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis

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PDF 2/26/21
2021 California Processing Tomato Production

2021 California Processing Tomato Production

Friday, January 22 | 9:00-11:30am

A Virtual Workshop via Zoom

Cost: $15; fee waived for California growers

Register at http://ucanr.edu/tomatoworkshop

PDF 1/13/21
UCCE Virtual Webinars 2020


UCCE Virtual Webinars

Join us in our first series of virtual webinars!
Pest Management of Weeds and Diseases
in Tomatoes and Insects in Melons
Amber Vinchesi-Vahl, UCCE Vegetable Crops Advisor
September 16 | 3-4pm
Register here!
Questions? Contact the UCCE Sutter-Yuba Office at (530) 822-7515
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PDF 8/20/20
Vegetable Crops Newsletter - June 2020


PDF 6/1/20
Veg Crop Newsletter - March 2020
  • Multisite demonstration of conservation management practices for soil health and greenhouse gas emissions reduction
  • Evaluation of weed control in tomatoes comparing finger weeders to standard cultivation
  • Evaluation of Fusarium wilt survival in the Sacramento Valley as influenced by rotational crops of flooded rice and dry-farmed crops 
  • Pest Management Strategic Plan for Processing Tomatoes
  • Management of spotted and striped cucumber beetle in melon production
  • 2020 Research Plans
PDF 2/24/20
Veg Crop Newsletter - October 2019
  • SAVE THE DATE! Healthy Soils Field Day and Equipment Showcase
  • Farm Call Summary 2019
  • Weed highlight: Branched broomrape
  • Differentiating wilt and crown rot diseases in field
  • SAVE THE DATE South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting

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PDF 10/8/19
Veg Crop Newsletter - March 2019
  • 2018 Research Results
  • 2019 Projects
  • Fusarium wilt and crop rotation article

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PDF 3/5/19
Veg Crop News - October 2018
  • 2018 Farm Call Summary
  • Disease Highlight: Verticuillium wilt, Verticillium dahliae
  • Save the Date - Cover Crop and Soil Health Field Day December 6, 2018
  • Insecticide screening and cucumber beetle biology and movement in fresh-market melons
  • Monitoring southern blight prevalence in Colusa County

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PDF 10/9/18
Vegetable Crops Newsletter - June 2018
  • Disease Highlight: Alfalfa Mosaic Virus
  • Multisite demonstration of conservation management practices for soil health and greenhouse gas emissions reduction
  • Insecticide screening and cucumber beetle biology and movement in fresh-market melons
  • Monitoring southern blight prevalence in Colusa County
PDF 6/26/18
Vegetable Crop News - December 2017
  • South Sacramento Valley Tomato Production Meeting
  • Southern Blight Cliff Notes - 2017


PDF 12/13/17
Veg Crop News - December 2016
  • SAVE THE DATE: South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting - Thursday, January 12 - 8am-12pm
  • Field Observations and Year Review 2016
    • Processing Tomatoes
    • Cucurbits
  • Fusarium wilt, Race 3 tomatoes variety trial

PDF 12/19/16
Veg Crop News - July, 2016

Introducing the New Vegetable Crops Advisor in Colusa, Sutter and Yuba Counties

PDF 7/12/16
Sacramento Valley Field Crop Newsletter - December 2015
South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting
Woodland Community Center | 2001 East Street, Woodland, CA 95776
January 7, 2016 | 8:00am - Noon
7:45  Doors will open — Coffee and refreshments will be ready
8:30  Evaluation of supplemental composted manure & potassium on plant health
8:50  Insight into Fusarium wilt of tomato 
9:10  Fusarium wilt studies
9:20  Variety Evaluations: Lance Stevens, AgSeeds Unlimited
9:40  Local Pesticide Regulation Update
10:00——————— Short Break————————————
10:15 Powdery mildew management in processing tomatoes
10:35 Root knot nematode control evaluations; and Southern Blight control attempts 10:55 Chemical control evaluations for stink bug; and leafhopper surveys for Curly top
11:15 Groundwater Quantity and Quality:  Recent Regulations that Affect Growers
11:45 Question Period
12:00 - end 
Meeting is open to any interested party.


PDF 12/18/15
Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter - Winter 2015
  • Tomato Production Meeting Recap
  • New Position Announced for the Sacramento Valley
  • Notes on Current Wheat Crop
  • Meeting Announcements
  • Crop Pollination Workshop
PDF 1/23/15
Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter - December 2014

South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting

Thursday, January 8, 2015, 8am - noon

Woodland Community Center

PDF 12/18/14
Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter - Fall 2014

Timing of nitrogen (N) demand for wheat

Meeting Announcements

PDF 10/20/14
Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter - Summer 2014

Drought impacts on agriculture and groundwater

Managing corn in drought conditions

Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) deadline for winter wheat is September 30th

Meeting Announcement:  The development of crop insurance for alfalfa and other forage crops

Out of sight but not out of mind: California refocuses on groundwater

PDF 8/13/14
Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter, Spring 2014

Drought impacts on salinity, nitrogen management

In-field diagnostics to optimize nitrogen management in wheat

Canola and camelina, winter oilseed crops

Small Grain and Alfalfa Field Day


Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Field Day

Web Resources

PDF 4/21/14
Sacramento Valley Field Crops Newsletter

A new year and a new farm advisor in Colusa-Sutter-Yuba

A brief pest note

Upcoming Events

PDF 1/17/14
2014 Tomato Production Meeting

Tomato Production Meeting, 1/9/14 8:00-12:00 in Woodland

The South Sacramento Valley Processing Tomato Production Meeting will be held tomorrow, 1/9/2014 from 8AM to 12 noon at the Woodland Community Center (2001 East St., Woodland 95776).

The agenda is attached along with PCA/CCA credit information.

PDF 1/8/14
Agronomy Notes - November 2009 Announcing the 11th Annual Northern Sacramento Valley Pest Management for Field Crops Seminar PDF 11/18/09
Agronomy Notes - October 2009 PDF 10/15/09
Agronomy Notes - October 2008 PDF 4/2/10
Agronomy Notes March 2008 Mid-Season Nitrigen Fertility Management in Wheat and Barley Nitrogen Management and Grain Protein Determining Irrigation Cutoff What about Stripe Rust? PDF 3/3/09
March 2007 Agronomy Notes Wheat Stripe Rust---When does it pay to treat with fungicides?, What have we learned so far?, What about this year? UC Davis Small Grains and Alfalfa/Forage Field Day PDF 3/11/08
October 2006 Reseeding Damaged Young Alfalfa Stands 2006 Wheat Varity Results ---Looking for that Stripe Rust Resistant Variety? 2006 UC Davis Common Wheat and Triticale Test 2005-2006 Wheat Yield Summary, Sacramento Valley Western Alfalfa & Forage Conference PDF 6/8/11
October 2005 Choosing a wheat variety for the 2005-06 crop year---What's a grower to do? 35th California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium PDF 6/8/11
January 2005 Meeting agendas for the following meetings: January 21, 2005, 2nd Northern Sacramento Valley Field Crops Production Seminar February 10, 2005, Yuba Sutter Field & Vegetable Crops Production Meeting PDF 6/8/11
November 2004 6th Annual Northern Sacramento Valley Field Crops Weed & Pest Control Seminar announcement PDF 5/28/08
October 2004 Wheat and Barley Varieities for 2005 crop National Alfalfa symposium December 13-15, 2004 PDF 6/8/11
May 4, 2004 UC Davis Small Grains & Alfalfa Field Day PDF 2/6/08
February 2004 Update on Wheat Stripe Rust; Weed Control Issues; Triennial California Corn Growers Meeting PDF 6/8/11
January 2004 Field Crops Production Seminar: Wheat & Barley Varieties for Stripe Rust Control; Fungicides for Wheat Stripe Rust Control; Alfalfa Nutrient Deficiencies & Fertilization; Safflower Herbicide Options for 2004; Safflower Varieties in the Sacramento Valley; Dry Bean Production Issues; Herbicide Tolerant Cotton Variety Trials DOC 6/8/11