Economics

Low-Dust Harvesting Now a Conservation Management Practice

Growers required to have a Conservation Management Practice (CMP) plan in the San Joaquin Valley for dust reduction have received some favorable news. The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) announced an update to their list of approved practices to reduce dust emissions, now including the use of low-dust harvesters. The SJVAPCD Conservation Management Practices, Rule 4550, was …

General Irrigation Tips for Young Pistachios

Pistachio acreage in California has been steadily increasing in recent years. A recent report by the Administrative Committee for Pistachios puts the bearing acreage of pistachio in California at about 461,000 acres, and the non-bearing acreage at about 144,000 acres. The average acreage for new yearly plantings for the last five years is about 29,000 acres. Much of the new …

Carbohydrates, Dormancy, and Yield in Pistachios

Did we get enough chill over the winter? What are yields going to look like this fall? One relatively new area of research, carbohydrate dynamics, is shedding light that may help answer these questions. Recent years of research by the Zwieniecki lab (the Z Lab) at UC Davis, including the Carbohydrate Observatory, have been providing exciting new insights to better …

Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative Opens Enrollment for USDA Incentive

Oakville Bluegrass Cooperative opened enrollment for the inaugural year of the USDA climate-smart partnerships incentive to plant Oakville bluegrass, a summer-dormant perennial cover crop. Because Oakville bluegrass is dormant from April through September, it doesn’t compete with cash crops for water or nutrients making it ideal for California permanent crops. Planted on over 900 acres of vineyards and tree nut …

Sneak Preview of First Ever Pistachio Industry Insights Day Coming This Month

It’s that time of the year as pistachio harvest nears that American Pistachio Growers (APG) gathers its members together at the Visalia Convention Center. But this year, growers are invited to more than just your typical Summer Luncheon. This longtime tradition has been reinvented into an all-day event to support the booming western pistachio industry. APG’s Wes Wilson met with …

Almond Harvest 2024 Predicted at 2.8 Billion Pounds, Carryout Expected to Drop Significantly

The 2024 California Almond Objective Measurement Report published July 10th by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (USDA-NASS) estimates that the crop harvested in 2024 will come in at 2.80 billion meat pounds. The estimate is down 7 percent from USDA-NASS’s Subjective Forecast in May. It follows a generally solid bloom as well as a year in which growers faced …

Introducing American Pistachio Growers’ New President and Vision

American Pistachio Growers (APG) has announced a new President & CEO to lead their organization — veteran sports marketing leader Zachary Fraser. Following the Interim services of Joel Nelsen, Fraser has taken the helm with a new vision to expand the influence and consumption of American pistachios around the world.  Watch this brief interview as Matthew Malcolm from California Ag …

USDA Expands Insurance Options for Tree Nut Growers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is expanding crop insurance options for specialty and organic growers beginning with the 2025 crop year. USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) is expanding coverage options by allowing enterprise units by organic farming practice, adding enterprise unit eligibility for several crops, and making additional policy updates. This is the first of several announcements this summer, …

Western United Dairies and Almond Alliance Help Secure Placement of Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparedness, and Clean Air Bond Act on Ballot

This week, Legislature passed SB 867 (Allen) the Safe Drinking Water, Wildfire Prevention, Drought Preparedness, and Clean Air Bond Act of 2024, that will be placed before voters on the November General Election ballot. The bond would authorize $10 billion in general obligation bonds to finance projects for drought, flood, and water resilience; wildfire and forest resilience; biodiversity and nature-based …

Pecan Industry Votes to Continue Research and Promotion Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that pecan producers and importers voted to continue the American Pecan Promotion Board’s research and promotion program. In the referendum held May 10 through June 10, 2024, 74.89% of pecan producers and importers voted in favor of continuing the program. This meets the requirement that the majority of those voting were in favor …

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