New apple moth spray date?
The California Department of Food and Agriculture recently updated its plan to eradicate the light brown apple moth, that pesky leafrolling critter that has ag types atwitter. It now says that aerial spraying is “anticipated” to start in the Bay Area (including Alameda) in October, instead of August, as originally planned, though department spokesman Steve Lyle says no specific decision has been reached yet. The plan says spraying down in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties could begin as soon as August 17, pending appeals of court decisions in those counties requiring an environmental impact report first and separately, toxicity and efficacy tests being performed on still-secret formulations of the pheromone spray. Spray foes are cautiously celebrating, though they say they’ll keep up their pressure on the state to halt the spray. They say this is the second time the state, which has faced huge amounts of public pressure on this issue, has postponed spraying the Bay Area. Stay tuned.