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Creating A Safe, Clean Home For Stockpiled Almonds

Once harvest kicks off, stockpiles of in-hull almonds become a favorite spot for Aspergillus mold as the moisture in almonds, combined with larger swings in air temperature from day to evening, result in elevated moisture levels and create a hospitable environment for the damaging mold to thrive. Aspergillus mold produces aflatoxin that causes significant food safety concerns that can put export …

Successful Hullsplit Requires Thoughtful Irrigation, Nutrient Management

While the onset of hullsplit signals that harvest season is near, it also marks the start of an unwelcomed orchard guest: hull rot. Almond hulls are susceptible to hull rot fungi from the beginning of hullsplit until the hulls dry, which is typically a month long, though the period may vary depending on fertilization and irrigation. Successful hull rot control …

Oregon State University Shares Characteristics of Different Hazelnut Varieties

The hazelnut breeding program at Oregon State University (OSU) has been doing a great job over the years developing new blight resistant hazelnut varieties better suited for todays growing industry in the Pacific Northwest.  Back at the Nut Growers Society’s Annual Meeting in Corvallis, Becky McCluskey from the OSU Department of Horticulture showcased some of these varieties. Watch this brief …

Hazelnut Irrigation Considerations with Agricare

Micro-irrigation is becoming more popular in the Pacific Northwest hazelnut industry.  Watch this brief interview with Agricare agronomist TJ Hafner, as he shares what’s worked best in his experience.  Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine.  Don’t currently receive this monthly publication. Subscribe for FREE at https://malcolmmedia.com/pacific-nut-producer-magazine-subscriptions/.

Could CA Farmers Lose CalEPA & Science-Based Pesticide Regulation?

Anti-pesticide sentiment has never been more prevalent, as California courts and anti-agricultural organizations frighten the public with non-science based claims of the harmful effects of crop protection materials such as glyphosate.  What farmers need to understand though now, is that much more than glyphosate is currently at stake.  The legislature is now being pressured to change the whole pesticide regulatory …

2019 California Almond Forecast Down 3.5 Percent

Almond forecast down

The California Almond Objective Measurement Report, published today by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service – Pacific Regional Office (NASS/PRO), estimates that the 2019 crop will be 2.20 billion pounds, down 3.5% from the 2018 crop production of 2.28 billion pounds. The California Almond Objective Measurement Report is the official industry crop estimate. This year’s Objective …

India Imposed Retaliatory Tariffs to Include Walnuts

California Walnut Board: We recently received final clarification that the Indian government announcement regarding implementation of the 20% retaliatory tariff that went into effect Sunday, June 16, does, in fact, include walnuts. Please let us know whether or not you have shipments currently in transit as the US Embassy in India wants to be aware of the magnitude of the tariff …

2018 USDA California Almond Nursery Sales Report

Almond Survey

The primary objective of the California Almond Nursery Sales Survey is to estimate future almond acres based on the number of almond trees sold for new plantings. This report summarizes data supplied by California nurseries throughout the State who sold to almond growers for commercial plantings. Results from this survey will be used in conjunction with the Almond Acreage Survey …

Managing Weeds is Key to Improving Yields & Orchard Health

Weed Control in Orchards

Almond Board of California — Weeds are a seemingly constant issue in the orchard. If not managed properly, they can create competition among young trees, clog micro-irrigation systems, use and generate uneven irrigation and contribute to a messy orchard floor during harvest. Good weed management, then, starts with identifying the weeds in your orchard, which requires constant, attentive monitoring. The University …

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