California Pistachios: A Light NOW Year For Several Reasons Sep 21, 2020

🕔Sep 21, 2020
On the date this was written (September18), we have about 35-40% of the crop harvested. Golden Hills nut quality is reportedly very high, with 85% or more clean open split […]

California Pistachios: 4 Management “Takeaways” From Bob Beede Dec 6, 2019

🕔Dec 6, 2019
From Bob Beede’s December Pistachio Task List: Takeaway #1: Gather Chill Data Purchase and install a simple temperature recorder in each orchard to collect real-time weather data on chill accumulation […]

California Pistachios: Do “Rest” Treatments Pay? Dec 5, 2019

🕔Dec 5, 2019
Do “Rest Enhancement” Cover Sprays Pay? Simple answer: I do not know. No long-term, a replicated trial has been done using kaolin or calcium carbonate-based products to the point that […]

California Pistachios: Points To Remember Going Into Summer May 24, 2019

🕔May 24, 2019
The cool spring has contributed to slower crop development. I have mentioned in many past Task Lists that spring temperatures have a greater effect on date of maturity than summer […]

California Pistachios: Crop Assessments, Observations From Bob Beede May 4, 2019

🕔May 4, 2019
Even though we received good winter chilling this year, the cool spring weather has delayed pistachio leaf out and bloom by 5 to 7 days. This spring is a great […]

California Pistachios: Low Chill – Potential Effect In 2018? Jan 29, 2018

🕔Jan 29, 2018
There is still hope, but as of this writing, it looks like 2018 could be a repeat of 2014-15 in terms of chilling. CIMIS stations in pistachio production areas statewide […]

California Pistachios: Making A Case For Mating Disruption Jan 28, 2018

🕔Jan 28, 2018
My UC colleagues are understandably critical of my strong support for mating disruption, since they have not yet developed data to support its performance in pistachios. My question to you […]

California Pistachios: Dormancy Studies – Fuzzy Findings Dec 29, 2017

🕔Dec 29, 2017
Tests continue using winter-applied kaolin clay or calcium carbonate-based materials to either reflect solar radiation or diffuse as a way to improve dormancy. Results from David Doll, UCCE Farm Advisor, […]

California Pistachios: Enough Chill, So Far, For 2018 Yields? Dec 12, 2017

🕔Dec 12, 2017
High temperatures prevailed until the first week in December, when we finally got frost on December 5. The first frost normally occurs about the second week in November. We had […]

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