Pistachios are alternate bearing by nature, getting higher yields one year and then following with a short harvest. The trees may enjoy the break every other year, but more consistent yields would be much more preferable to the grower and an expanding pistachio industry. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Emeritus Farm Advisor Bob Beede as he shares about some trials that have been conducted to effectively reduce the volatility in pistachio yields from year to year and the effects of tree age and rootstock selection on its alternate bearing nature. Read Bob’s monthly Pistachio Orchard Tasks column in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine.
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