California Almonds: What Is the Proper Way to Prune a Tree?

🕔Dec 14, 2018Pruning recommendations vary by the farmer, consultant, and even the University researcher. Some advise to prune trees hard to regenerate growth (not so much in CA anymore), some suggest that […]

California Almonds: Pruning – Heading vs. Thinning Cuts

🕔Dec 6, 2018Pruning is the practice of removing unwanted branches from the tree. Pruning can be broadly categorized to two types of cuts: heading and thinning.

California: Almond Board Fueling Innovation with $6.8Mln Research Investment

🕔Dec 4, 2018The Almond Board of California (ABC) announced a $6.8 million investment in 75 independent research projects exploring next-generation farming practices including optimal use of everything almond orchards grow. In addition […]

Ag Economy: What Does 2018 Farm Income Forecast Look Like as of Nov.

🕔Dec 4, 2018The USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) indicated on Friday that, “Net farm income, a broad measure of profits, is forecast to decrease $9.1 billion (12.1 percent) from 2017 to $66.3 billion […]

Trade Aid: Deadline for Signup Is Jan. 15

🕔Nov 28, 2018The Market Facilitation Program (MFP) provides partial compensation to farmers and share-rent landowners for losses occurring because of trade disputes. This program is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) […]

California: David Doll to Leave UC Extension

🕔Nov 9, 2018Recently, I have decided to take a position within farm development and leave my position within extension. This role will start in mid-November and will be responsible for developing a […]

Tree Nuts: China Imports Down – Almonds 15%; Walnuts 17%

🕔Oct 26, 2018Global almond production for 2018/19 is forecast 7 percent higher to a record 1.4 million metric tons (tons) shelled basis, driven primarily by record output in both the United States […]

California Almonds: Securing Irrigation Tubing

🕔Sep 17, 2018While conducting surveys across Merced County, I have noticed diverse ways growers secure the ends of irrigation tubing. Many are attached using some type of stake made of wood or […]

California Almonds: Postharvest Nitrogen Management

🕔Sep 14, 2018Many operations often apply nitrogen postharvest. Application rates vary from orchard to orchard, but typically I hear applications between 30 and 50 lbs/acre. This nitrogen is used to rebuild the […]

California Almonds: Sterile Tech to Battle Naval Orangeworm – It Worked on Pink Bollworm

🕔Aug 16, 2018The invasive navel orangeworm continues to damage—at rising levels—California’s $6 billion pistachio and almond crops. The tree nut industry is calling for new and improved tools to fight back against […]

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