California Walnuts: Cutting Ethephon? 5 Factors To Weigh This Year

🕔Jun 21, 2019Sure, you can harvest your walnuts this fall without application of any ethephon. Forgoing the ethephon application would save you material and spray costs. However, despite the costs of application, […]

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 […]

California Almonds: Bee Hours – Dissecting The Metric

🕔Mar 18, 2019Almond growers have been a-buzz on the topic of bee hours. The concept of a bee hour was designed as a proxy for the amount of good bee foraging weather […]

California Almonds: 3 Items On Sac Valley’s Check List For February

🕔Jan 23, 2019In February… #1. Protect flowers with fungicides during bloom. See this article on disease control considerations at bloom. #2. Consider honeybee health and safety for any disease control measures taken […]

California Almonds: Bloom Diseases – A Quick Overview

🕔Jan 14, 2019Almond bloom is quickly approaching. Diseases require specific conditions for infection – susceptible tissue, moisture, conducive temperatures – and these are often all present during bloom. Appropriate material choice, application […]

California Almonds: 6 Checklist Items For January In Sac Valley

🕔Jan 4, 2019In January… #1. Remove mummy nuts from the trees by February 1. To minimize the overwintering population of navel orangeworm (NOW) and reduce food sources for the first NOW generation, […]

California Walnuts: Staying On Point Through August

🕔Jun 11, 2018JUNE If walnut husk fly traps are not set out by now, you’re late! Yellow sticky traps with an ammonium carbonate lure work best and should be checked 2-3 times […]

California Almonds: Dealing With Gophers In A Wet Year

🕔Apr 3, 2017A bad gopher infestation can reach populations as high as 30-40 per acre. A typical gopher mound is crescent shaped with a round plug on one side of the mound; […]

California Almonds: Potted Tree Irrigation After Planting – Getting The First Year Right

🕔Nov 30, 2016Potted trees may be the nursery stock of the future, but they have challenges and a learning curve for growers accustomed to planting bare root trees. One of the major […]

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