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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 …

Report Provides Data on New Almond Varieties

Almond Board of California—Innovation always has been part of the almond industry. That includes exciting research about new almond varieties intended to meet the changing needs of consumers, end buyers and fast-growing export markets. There are about 70 different varieties of almonds grown around the world. California orchards produce about 30 varieties, though 13 of them – with Nonpareil dominating …

Almond Alliance of California Strongly Opposes Proposition 15 – “Split Roll” Proposal

The Almond Alliance of California strongly opposes the Proposition 15 “split roll” proposal on the November 3, 2020 ballot. California Proposition 15 is the Tax on Commercial and Industrial Properties for Education and Local Government Funding Initiative. We believe a split roll proposal will hurt the business community as well as employees and consumers, thereby having a negative impact on …

CA Almonds: Global Shipments & Trends

Almond Board of the California — As California almond growers consistently produce yields at record or near-record levels year after year, it is important that those nuts find a home. Increasingly, that means expanding existing export markets and continuing to grow demand in those regions, while always keeping an eye on new opportunities globally. In the past year, the COVID-19 …

Tracking Almond Irrigation Improvement

Almond Board of the California — For almond growers, better understanding your irrigation options and learning small ways to improve your practices has never been easier, thanks to the Almond Board of California’s (ABC’s) new Pathway to Irrigation Improvement guide. The guide – which can be downloaded or printed from ABC’s website – aims to help growers track their progress in …

Identifying Insect Pest Damage Through Harvest Sampling

With almond and walnut harvest underway, it is a good time to review harvest nut sampling strategy and protocols for the best estimation of field loss by common pests. It is a general understanding that the grade sheet from your processers only represents about half of what is  going on in the field. Also, the whole sum percent damage from …

Turning Almond Shells into Plastics & Tires

Here is a throwback video from a previous annual convention of the Almond Alliance of California as many were disappointed by the cancellation of the annual convention this year due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, very interesting research performed by USDA exploring alternative uses for almond hulls and shells — including plastics and vehicle tires through a process of torrefaction. Watch …

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