REC AO Blog
A group of eighth-graders from Riverview Elementary School in Reedley toured the UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center today for an introduction to agricultural science.
In Kearney's greenhouse facility, UC staff showed the students some of the pests farmers must manage - including leaf footed bug, navel orange worm and olive fruit fly - and explained research underway to help farmers control pests in ways that are effective and environmentally sound.
Bowltube Iris (Iris macrosiphon Torr.) vividly displays the familiar colors of the UC ...blue and gold. This flowering plant is endemic to California and the flower color varies from golden yellow to cream or pale lavender to deep blue-purple. It occurs in sunny grasslands, meadows, and open woodlands including the oak woodlands which are common at UC-Hopland REC. They are in full bloom now as you can see from this pale lavender specimen.
The Citrus Research Board is funding the purchase of a new packline grading system for the Lindcove research program. Compaq Sorting Equipment will be building the line this summer and we hope to have it installed for the fall research season. The new...
Entomology research team hand-grading fruit for sooty mold on the current Sunkist Packline at Lindcove
There are several vernal ("relating to the springtime") pools located around the UC Hopland Research & Extension Center. Past research has shown that each harbors a unique community of plants and invertebrates and amphibians, with no two having the exact same mix of species. "Hog Lake", as you see pictured, is the largest vernal pool on the property. This pond hosts a high percentage of malformed Pacific tree frogs with severe limb deformities, caused by trematode (Ribeiroia ondatrae) parasite infections upon early-stage developing frog embryos (developing tadpoles). Ribeiroia has a complex life cycle involving pulmonate snails, amphibians, and amphibian-eating birds.
Wool piled high on a skirting table adjacent to the Wool baler and shearing floor at HREC. Whole fleeces are placed on the table. The belly portion (valued at roughly $1.20/lb.) as well as the tags (wool saturated in feces, mud, etc. and valued at roughly $0.88/lb.) fall to the floor and are packed separate from the premium fleeces.