California Almonds: Applying Hulls, Shells as Potassium-Rich Amendments Jun 21, 2022

🕔Jun 21, 2022
New studies show that almond hulls and shells release potassium into the soil when they are surface applied as organic matter amendments in the orchard. Potassium release from hulls and […]

California Almonds: Irrigating a Freeze Damaged Crop in a Drought Apr 29, 2022

🕔Apr 29, 2022
Record low temperatures on February 24 severely reduced nut set and limited almond yield across thousands of acres of orchards in the Sacramento Valley. To bring the remaining crop to […]

California Almonds: Fertilizing After a Frost Apr 29, 2022

🕔Apr 29, 2022
Crop load is the major driver in nitrogen (N) and potassium (K) and phosphorus (P) use in an orchard. Those nutrients also make up most of the fertilizer cost/acre. In […]

California Almonds: Management Considerations – Spring, Early Summer Apr 29, 2022

🕔Apr 29, 2022
APRIL Irrigation: Wherever possible, keep orchard water stress low (for example, 1-2 bars below baseline on pressure chamber readings) early in the season. Use plant and/or soil monitoring to know […]

Moving Grain: USDA, NGFA Express Concern to STB Over Rail Service Apr 2, 2022

🕔Apr 2, 2022
USDA and NGFA Express Concern to STB Over Rail Service On March 30, USDA expressed concern to the Surface Transportation Board (STB) over worsening rail service. An earlier, March 24 […]

Livestock: Supreme Court to Consider Prop 12 Case – DTN Mar 30, 2022

🕔Mar 30, 2022
The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear the case brought against California’s Proposition 12 by the National Pork Producer Council and the American Farm Bureau Federation. The law, which […]

California Almonds: Weed Management in Young Orchards Mar 5, 2022

🕔Mar 5, 2022
Successful new plantings are key to the economic future of an almond growing operation. Development costs and income expectations are high. Any setbacks in new, non-bearing orchard growth or health […]

California Almonds: Protecting Young Tree Trunks with Cartons Mar 5, 2022

🕔Mar 5, 2022
It can be difficult to know when to replace or remove tree cartons. Being too early (photo 1) or late (photo 2) with carton removal has been the source of […]

California Almonds: Frost Protection Considerations Feb 22, 2022

🕔Feb 22, 2022
Mild, radiation frosts occur on still, clear nights, usually with the development of a strong inversion. Cold air accumulates in low spots or in areas where air drainage is blocked. Under these […]

California Almonds: Emergency Use (Section 18) Approved for Bacterial Blast Feb 18, 2022

🕔Feb 18, 2022
Bacterial blast (Pseudomonas syringe), although thankfully not a problem every year (hopefully including 2022), can be tremendously damaging to almond yields. For example, significant crop damage was reported in the […]

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