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 […]

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: 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 […]

California Walnuts: Nov. Orchard Management Considerations Oct 25, 2021

🕔Oct 25, 2021
Please note that the following are general recommendations intended to help you keep track of regular practices in a busy time; the optimal timing for management practices may vary based […]

California Walnuts: 5 Steps to Prepare for the Next Sudden Autumn Freeze Oct 12, 2021

🕔Oct 12, 2021
In the Sacramento Valley, an autumn freeze has damaged walnut orchards every November for the last three years. Although sudden autumn freezes are nothing new for walnut growers, it is […]

California Almonds: Sept. Orchard Management Considerations Sep 2, 2021

🕔Sep 2, 2021
Please note that the following are general recommendations intended to help you keep track of regular practices in a busy time; the optimal timing for management practices may vary based […]

California Almonds: Hull Tights Caused by Water Stress Aug 13, 2021

🕔Aug 13, 2021
Hull split is well underway, indicating almond harvest is imminent. Drought conditions, heat waves, and timing with other orchard activities can make irrigation challenging. Water stress can interfere with hull […]

California Almonds: Maintaining Quality – Best Practices for Pick Up, Stockpiling Aug 13, 2021

🕔Aug 13, 2021
As of late June, a huge crop (3.2 B pounds!) is forecast for 2021. With another record statewide crop to be shaken, swept, and collected starting in August, will you […]

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