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California Almond Subjective Forecast Estimates Smaller Crop

The 2022 California Almond Subjective Forecast published by the U. S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2022 will come in at 2.8 billion pounds, 4 percent below last year’s 2.92 billion pounds. Forecasted yield is 2,040 pounds per acre, 8 percent below the 2021 yield of 2,210 per acre. “A lower …

How to Protect Your Farmland for Future Generations in California

Many California farms are run by families who have cultivated the land for several generations.  It’s not just land, it’s not just an investment — it is part of what defines them and their mission to feed the world. Watch this brief interview with Charlotte Mitchell from the California Farmland Trust as she shares how to protect their legacy of …

Oregon Hazelnut Grower Shares Experience with Mechanized Pruning

Due to increasing labor costs and shortages in recent years, many painstaking tasks on the farm are now being mechanized, and Pacific Northwest hazelnut growers are beginning to see mechanical pruning as a more reliable and economical alternative to traditional hand-pruning. But when is an appropriate time to begin this practice for those who have just recently planted new orchards? …

EU Proposes New MRL Regulation on Imported Pistachios

It appears that aflatoxin will not be the only naturally occurring mold sabotaging pistachio shipments destined for the European Union.  The EU is proposing a new MRL regulation on Ochratoxin A in pistachio imports to go into effect January 1, 2023. But what is Ochratoxin A and what should the pistachio industry know about this? Watch this brief interview with …

Navel Orangeworm Sterile Insect Technique Moving Forward

Many tree nut growers are aware of the pistachio industry’s investment and government support of sterile insect technique as another tool to suppress navel orangeworm populations in the orchard, but recognize that the research takes time and money. So how far have we come and does the technique still have promise for combatting the tree nut industry’s number one insect …

Almond Nitrogen Fertilizer Recommendations Following Whole Orchard Recycling

Whole orchard recycling has been a great alternative to the traditional burning of aging almond orchards; however, incorporating the carbon rich wood chips back into the soil presents concerns for nitrogen availability upon replanting.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Farm Advisor Brent Holtz as he shares his nitrogen application recommendations for replanting almonds following orchard recycling based on recent …

Growers Limited to Insecticides for Control of Walnut Husk Fly

As growers prepare to begin monitoring their orchards for walnut husk fly emergence in June, watch this brief interview with Jhalendra Rijal from the Tree & Vine Expo, as he shares more about the nature of this pest and the limited tools growers have to control it.  Read more in-depth information about walnut husk fly control in the May issue …

National And State Ag Groups Call For Meeting On Export Trade Imbalance

Today, a collaborative of major agriculture associations released the attached letter sent to the United States Secretary of Agriculture, the United States Secretary of Transportation, and the National Economic Council. The letter calls for an immediate federal effort to convene a meeting of ocean carrier companies and agricultural exporters to address the tremendous export trade imbalance which is crippling American agriculture and …

USDA Takes Action to Strengthen Pollinator Research Support

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced its strengthened commitment to advancing research and programmatic priorities that support pollinator health by soliciting nominations for members to serve on its newly formed USDA National Pollinator Subcommittee. The subcommittee will be part of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education, and Economics (NAREEE) Advisory Board, which provides feedback to the Secretary of Agriculture, USDA’s …

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