California Almonds: Maintaining Nut Quality After Rains Sep 25, 2022

    🕔Sep 25, 2022
    Many Sacramento Valley almond growing received almost 2” of rain in the last few days. While any rain is needed, this storm left wet almonds behind. If those nuts are […]

    California Walnuts: Managing Mold Jul 10, 2022

    🕔Jul 10, 2022
    What is walnut mold? Growers and processors have reported elevated mold levels in harvested walnuts to farm advisors, which has resulted in pathology sample submissions to Dr. Themis Michailides, UC […]

    California Walnuts: Orchard Management – July & August Jul 10, 2022

    🕔Jul 10, 2022
    JULY Drought Management Resources: Using the pressure chamber and waiting to irrigate until trees are 2 to 3 bars drier than the fully watered baseline remains the gold standard for […]

    California Almonds: When to Start Shaking? Jul 5, 2022

    🕔Jul 5, 2022
    Almonds can be harvested as soon as 100% of the nuts on the tree reach hull split. 100% hull split occurs when the lowest nuts in the lower interior canopy […]

    California Almonds: Pre- & Post-Harvest Orchard Management Considerations Jul 5, 2022

    🕔Jul 5, 2022
    ALL SUMMER Valley smoke: Wildfire smoke blocks sunlight from reaching the ground and increases relative humidity. Consult with your PCA/CCA to plan ahead to head off possible trouble this summer […]

    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 […]


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