California Almonds: Observing Powdery Mildew

🕔Aug 8, 2019In the middle of July, some almond fruit nuts from Le Grand, CA were brought into the Merced County UC Cooperative Extension office. There were various signs of possible pest […]

California Almonds: Shaking Trees – When to Start

🕔Jul 31, 2019Ideally, shaking should begin when 100% of the nuts have are 1/2 to 2/3rds of the way split and the hull is still green. However, many farmers have found that […]

California Almonds: Avoiding Hull Rot – The Basics

🕔Jul 12, 2019While the onset of hullsplit signals that harvest season is near, it also marks the start of an unwelcomed orchard guest: hull rot. Almond hulls are susceptible to hull rot […]

California Almond: USDA Forecasts 2019 Crop Down 3.5%

🕔Jul 3, 2019The California Almond Objective Measurement Report, published today by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service – Pacific Regional Office (NASS/PRO), estimates that the 2019 crop will […]

California Almonds: How Can Cover Crops Help?

🕔Jul 2, 2019Although cover cropping is compatible with almond production and is often implemented in other orchard systems, this practice has never been widely implemented in California. The potential benefits are recognized […]

California Almonds: Irrigation Tips Through Summer

🕔Jun 24, 2019Almonds require a lot of water during the summer. This is due to the high temperatures experienced and the crop stage of the tree. It is not uncommon for an […]

U.S. Trade War Reaches India

🕔Jun 20, 2019In the last couple of weeks, we have seen several more maneuvers in President Trump’s ongoing trade war, including the addition of a new front—India. On June 15, India announced […]

Almond Genome Reveals How Edible, Sweet Almonds Arose

🕔Jun 14, 2019The sweet, edible almonds we enjoy today are a far cry from their bitter wild ancestors. That is thanks to a point mutation in the genes, according to a new […]

Almonds’ Lead Increases in U.S. Tree Nut Consumption

🕔May 31, 2019Over the past five decades, Americans’ annual consumption of tree nuts has grown from 1.38 pounds per person in 1970 to 3.69 pounds in 2016, according to ERS’s Loss-Adjusted Food […]

California Almonds: Weed Management in Newly Planted Orchards

🕔May 30, 2019Managing unwanted vegetation is difficult in newly established orchards. Weeds grow fast due to the amount of water, fertilizer and sunlight that is available. Temperatures in the spring and summer […]

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