University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
University of California, Agriculture & Natural Resources
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Cotton mealybug ID'ed, okra crop saved for Coachella grower

Jorge Torres is a small-scale farmer in the Coachella Valley. As a child, he emigrated with his parents from Mexico to live in the United States. After working for years as a farm laborer, he was able to begin farming a few acres for himself in the 1970s. Not long after, he met UCCE small farm advisor Alfonso Durazo, who introduced him to drip irrigation and efficient fertilizer and water use. Jorge is now producing several acres of okra, chili peppers, dates, and many other specialty crops, and he relies on UCCE farm advisors for crop production information and assistance. Recently, a new pest began to show up on his okra crop. With the help of UCCE farm advisor Jose L. Aguiar, he was able to identify the pest as the cotton mealybug and treat the field. UCCE helped save Jorge's okra fields from further economic damage and prevented the pest from spreading and causing damage to other nearby okra fields.

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