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North San Joaquin Valley Issued ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating For Tree Nut Biomass

BEAM Circular, the Almond Board of California, Stanislaus County and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issue of a rare ‘AA’ rating to the North San Joaquin Valley Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone centered in Modesto, CA, North America’s first BDO Zone rating for Orchard Biomass, Nut Tree Shells and Almond Hulls. The North San Joaquin Valley BDO Zone investment grade rating denotes ‘very high quality’ feedstock supply …

Efficacy of a Hull Split Spray vs. Sanitation for NOW Control

Navel orangeworm (NOW) is most effectively controlled with the cultural practice of winter sanitation. Winter shaking almond trees to remove mummy nuts has proven to decrease next year’s NOW damage better than any other approach. The reason for this is clear. NOW overwinters as larvae in mummy nuts left in the tree after harvest and it is in these nuts the population …

2023-2024 Winter Chill, Dormancy & Walnut Management Update

Walnuts are one of the highest chill requirement tree crops in California. Though it’s easy to forget given the luxuriously high amounts of chill last year, multiple recent winters have fallen short of the chill accumulation needed for a tight, economical walnut bloom (e.g. 2014, 2015, 2020). Inadequate winter chill accumulation can result in delayed budbreak, scattered or prolonged budbreak …

Preventing Bacterial Blast Damage in Almond This Year

In 2023, the cold, wet weather during bloom and leaf-out resulted in bacterial blast damage in many Sacramento Valley almond orchards. If conditions this year are cold and wet during bloom, we may see a recurrence of blast: make a plan now to keep blast damage to a minimum. The Bottom Line: Bacterial blast can be a problem when cold, wet conditions …

Diamond of California® Debuts Crunchy Nut Toppers in Four Flavors

Diamond of California®, the century-old producer of “Made for Homemade” specialty nuts and pioneer of nut-based culinary products like Snack Walnuts, Snack Pecans and Nut Pie Crusts, announces today the launch of its newest innovation, Crunchy Nut Toppers (SRP: $2.99/3oz). Crunchy Nut Toppers are made with bite-size pieces of nutrient-dense walnuts (an excellent source of ALA-Omega 3) and pecans, and …

Tulare County Sheriff and Congressional Candidate Addresses Tree Nut and Beehive Theft

As California almond orchards are coming to life again in beautiful bloom, most of the nation’s beehives have been strategically placed around orchards all over the state in hopes of a solid 2024 crop set.  Should growers be concerned about these hives disappearing overnight? Watch this brief interview Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux who addresses this, along with the historical …

Growth Opportunities for the Western Pecan Industry

While the southern states have historically led the nation in pecan production by far, acreage and production trends in the West are rising, according to California pecan grower/processor and American Pecan Council Board Member Blake Houston. Watch his video interview with Matthew Malcolm at the recent Tree & Vine Expo in Turlock, based on his State of the Pecan Industry …

California Growers Celebrate Legislative Win Supporting Groundwater Recharge

Last Fall, Governor Newsom signed SB 659, The California Water Supply Solutions Act of 2023, sponsored by the California Association of Winegrape Growers and the Regional Water Authority in Sacramento.  But what does this mean for California farmers implementing groundwater recharge practices in the coming months?  Watch this video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers to …

Hazelnut Market Improves, Oregon Growers Celebrate Higher Prices

Pacific Northwest hazelnut growers at the recent Nut Growers Society Winter Meeting were happy with the news of improving market conditions and prices for their 2023 crop.  Watch this brief video with Terry Ross from the Hazelnut Growers Bargaining Association for the specifics, and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor George Packing Company for …

New Almond Board CEO Shares Optimism for Future of Industry

At the recent Almond Board of California annual conference in Sacramento, growers, hullers and processors witnessed the passing the reigns from the former President Richard Waycott, to the new President and CEO Clarice Turner.  Watch this interview to learn more about Clarice Turner, as well as the experience and optimism for the future of the industry that she brings to …

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