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CA Farmland Trust & Almond Growers Create Greenbelt, Protect Farmland in San Joaquin County

Following their brother’s stewardship lead, Tom Murphy and Chester Murphy have protected 72 acres of farmland destined to be developed in San Joaquin County. Combined with their brother Bill, the Murphy family now has collectively created a 200-acre greenbelt in the area of Farmington, California, east of Stockton. “Highway 4 is a major east-west artery connecting the Bay Area to …

Preparing Almond Growers for Another Drought

Drought is a serious concern for farmers this year, and in this interview with Daren Williams from the Almond Board of California, he shares some complimentary resources from the Almond Board to help growers weather another dry year, as well as some other insights. Watch this brief video with Daren and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. …

Almond Market Update Highlights New Records & Opportunities

Despite international tariffs, port disruptions and a global pandemic, the California almond industry continues to produce and ship record-setting crops.  Watch this brief video with Richard Waycott as he shares this year’s to-date trends on shipments and what can be expected of orchard production this year.  Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for …

Will Farmers Receive Sufficient Aid in Alternatives to Eliminate Ag Burning?

On Feb. 25th, the California Air Resources Board announced January 1, 2025 as the end date to the practice of on-farm agricultural burning of woody biomass.  With limited and more costly alternatives for the disposing of retired trees and vines, how will farmers and the state collaborate to make this mandate possible?  Watch this brief video with Almond Alliance of …

Larger CA Almond Crop Forecasted This Year

Almond Board of California — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting an increase in the California almond crop. The USDA-NASS 2021 California Almond Subjective Forecast estimates California almond orchards will produce 3.2 billion pounds of nuts this year, up 3 percent from last year’s 3.12 billion-pound crop. Forecasted yield is expected to reach 2,410 pounds …

New Monitoring Tool for Navel Orangeworm in Mating Disrupted Orchards

Traditional navel orangeworm monitoring tools have proven less effective in the presence of mating disruption technology in the orchard. Watch this brief video with UC IPM Advisor Jhalendra Rijal as he addresses the issue and shares about some new technology that can help growers more effectively monitor this tree nut pest.  Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. …

Managing Walnut Husk Fly in the Orchard

Walnut growers should start monitoring for walnut husk fly in May.  Watch this video with emeritus UCCE IPM Specialist Bob Van Steenwyk as he provides timely step by step directions on how to monitor and manage this pest.  Read more about orchard pest management in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for their industry support.

Four Steps for Planting Containerized Almond Trees

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently reported a record 1.25 million acres of almonds across California’s landscape, up 5.9% from 2019. More almond orchard continue to be planted as we speak, due in part to the reduce labor needs associated with this crop and a healthy global market for this versatile product.  With increased almond acreage anticipated to be …

Report Shows Significant Economic Impact of Pistachios

The western pistachio industry has a much bigger impact on the nation and world than people may realize.  In addition to providing a healthy and nutritious snack to consumers across the world, the US Pistachio industry has a significant impact on the economy as well, as recently measured in a study by economist Dennis Tootelian.  Watch this brief interview as …

High Density Planting of Hazelnuts: Considerations and Precautions

High or double-density planting is becoming more common in the Pacific Northwest hazelnut industry, but there are some important things to know when considering this practice. Watch this brief interview with hazelnut grower and nurseryman Rich Birkemeier as he briefly provides some considerations and precautions in adopting this practice.  Read more about growing hazelnuts in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please …

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