Save the Date! Bagrada Bug Meeting Dec. 11 in Salinas

CCOF is collaborating with the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA), scientists from numerous agencies, and Cooperative Extension on a Bagrada Bug Working Group. The working group brings together scientists and extension personnel from across the country who are working to develop organic management and biological control of Bagrada bug.

What is Bagrada bug?

The Bagrada bug is a member of the stinkbug family that has wreaked havoc in mustard-family crops over the past six years. A native of Africa, it has no natural enemies in the U.S. and has spread from southern California east into southern Arizona and as far north as Yolo county.

Hard-bodied stinkbugs are difficult to manage, and Bagrada bug has made it almost impossible to grow mustard greens in southern California when temperatures are warm. It has also caused significant economic damage to organic mustard crops in the central coast region

Bagrada bug meeting

The first activity sponsored by the Bagrada Bug Working Group will be a public meeting December 11, 2015, at the U.C. Cooperative Extension office in Salinas. The meeting will feature a farmer panel that will discuss what has and hasn’t worked in controlling the pest. CCOF-certified growers Grant Brians of Heirloom Organic Gardens and Phil Foster of Foster Ranch—Pinnacle Brand will be two of the farmers on the panel.

At the meeting, scientists from California, Arizona, and Mississippi will join Cooperative Extension researchers to discuss the biology and characteristics of Bagrada bug and potential control strategies. This meeting provides a unique opportunity to hear from researchers nationwide who are working to develop management strategies for this pest.

The meeting will be from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. It will be broadcast via webinar so that people can participate from anywhere in the country.

Registration, webinar access instructions, and a detailed agenda are still in the works. Look for this information in next week’s CCOF Newsletter.

Save the Date!

Bagrada Bug Meeting
Friday, December 11, 2015, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.

U.C. Cooperative Extension
1432 Abbott Street
Salinas, California 93901