California: Spotted Lantern Fly – Looming Threat to Grapes, Walnuts, Avocados

🕔Jun 18, 2019UC Riverside is testing whether a sesame seed-sized wasp can control a pest that could seriously damage California crops including wine, walnuts, and avocados. The pest, a sap-sucking spotted lantern […]

Sac Valley Almonds: Hull Rot Bad In 2018, What Now?

🕔Jun 10, 2019Early hull split, when the hull begins to open at the suture, is a don’t-want-to-miss timing in almond production. The crack in the hull does two things: First, it releases nut […]

Almonds – The Heat Is On, 2019’s Rollercoaster Ride Continues – AgFax Tree Crops

🕔Jun 8, 2019SUBSCRIBE Here is this week’s issue of AgFax Tree Crops. Our thanks to BASF and its California team for sponsoring this coverage. – Owen Taylor, Editor OVERVIEW Extremely hot weather seems likely […]

California Walnuts: Mesophyll Collapse – Cause, Effects

🕔Jun 7, 2019We have been seeing walnut leaves showing browning (necrosis) on the leaf area between the veins in some orchards since about mid-May. Sometimes the leaves will then twist and defoliate […]

Disaster Aid Package Passes House, Awaiting President’s Signature – DTN

🕔Jun 5, 2019Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds toured flooded areas of the southwest corner of her state on Monday, making a point that she was waiting to hear if and when Congress would […]

Disaster Assistance Bill (Finally) Passes Congress

🕔Jun 4, 2019Georgia peanut farmers applaud the U.S. House of Representatives passage of the long-awaited disaster aid bill by 354-58 yesterday. The passage comes eight months after Hurricane Michael devastated portions of […]

Almonds – Plenty Of Caution (And Fungicides) After All The Rain – AgFax Tree Crops

🕔Jun 1, 2019Here is this week’s issue of AgFax Tree Crops. Our thanks to BASF and its California team for sponsoring this coverage.           – Owen Taylor, Editor SUBSCRIBE OVERVIEW […]

California Tree Crops: Sacramento Valley Meetings – When, Where

🕔Jun 1, 2019Morning Meet-Up, June 13, Orland Join farm advisor Dani Lightle for bi-weekly Morning Meet-Ups: a round table discussion of what she’s been seeing, what people in the field havebeen seeing, […]

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 […]

U.S. Sweet Potatoes: Production Declined 23% in 2018

🕔May 30, 2019Following a record-high sweet potato production year in 2017, Hurricane Florence slammed into North Carolina’s sweet potato growing region in September 2018, contributing to the largest single-year U.S. production fall […]

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