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Five Steps for Ag Processors to Adapt their COVID-19 Incident Response Approach

COVID-19 is a health crisis in the United States but major industries, like agriculture, chemical manufacturing, oil and gas exploration and production, all need to keep functioning as essential businesses in the midst of the crisis.  The response to COVID-19 has core parallels to major industrial accident response, which involves deploying the right resources for the task.  Every incident, be …

Wildfire Impact on CA Almond Harvest & Crop Update

Are California almond growers really going to reach their record 3 billion pound crop this year? How have the wildfires impacted the harvest season? What kind of pest pressure levels are growers experiencing this year? What should almond growers expect at the virtual Almond Board Conference this year?  Watch this brief interview with Richard Waycott from the Almond Board of …

The Value of Honey Bees in Self-Pollinating Almonds

Almond growers have a lot of inputs to consider to produce their crop. They must balance the cost of labor, pest management, water, and bees for pollination.  Those costs are not fixed year-after-year, especially renting the bees. The fact is the cost of colony rentals for pollination has steadily increased, and remained, at a premium. And almond acreage is projected to outpace …

American Pistachio Growers’ 2021 Conference Cancelled

American Pistachio Growers — After thoughtful deliberations, the American Pistachio Growers (APG) Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Annual Conference that was set to take place March 1 – 3, 2021 in Monterey, California. While we will miss seeing everyone in 2021, the health and safety of our members, attendees, speakers, staff and partners are our …

Orchard Sanitation is key to a Quality Almond Crop

Navel orangeworm (NOW) is the key pest of almonds, causing more income loss due to reject nuts than any other pest. Pesticide sprays, alone, cannot control this pest. A combination of several specific practices has been proven to reduce NOW damage and limit loss of grower income. These practices are winter sanitation, timely harvest and pesticide sprays (where needed). Mating …

After a Hard-Working Harvest, Trees Need Water to Remain Healthy

Almond Board of California — Growers have a lot to think about leading up to and during harvest – prepping the orchard floor, timing the first shake in relation to hull split and achieving optimum moisture content during drying are just a few of the many important factors growers will consider from July to October. Even as this season’s bounty is being harvested, the foundation for …

Soil Compacted Post-Harvest? Look to Cover Crops

Almond Board of California — For the third year in a row, Chris Rishwain is preparing to plant cover crops in the windrows of his 150-acre almond orchard near Manteca. Although his original intent was to provide forage for honey bees during pollination, Rishwain has discovered multiple additional benefits to cover crops, one of the most impactful being the positive effect …

China Ramps Up Walnut, Macadamia & Pecan Production (Struggles with Almonds & Pistachios)

China’s in-shell walnut production is forecast at 1.02 MMT in 2020/21, an increase of 2 percent from the previous year, supported by a good harvest in the country’s top two producing provinces. Walnut imports will continue to decline as a result of increased local production. Almond and pistachio imports from the United States are expected to rebound due to improved …

Four Things All Pistachio Growers Should Know This Harvest

Are American Pistachio Growers really going to reach their record billion pound crop this year? How have the wildfires impacted the crop/harvest season? What kind of pest pressure levels are growers experiencing this year? What should pistachio growers know about Round II of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.  Watch this brief interview with Richard Matoian from American Pistachio Growers to …

Suterra® Introduces New Puffer® Device – Most Durable Puffer® Yet

Suterra Introduces New Puffer Device – Most Durable Puffer Yet

– SPONSORED CONTENT – Suterra is the global leader in sustainable pest control. Headquartered in Bend, OR they have the only dedicated pheromone manufacturing facility in the world. Fully integrated, they handle everything from early stage research and formulation to product design and manufacturing. This means Suterra® is able to deliver quality products growers can trust, with consistent chemistry and …

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