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New Strain of Eastern Filbert Blight Concerns the Hazelnut Industry

Eastern Filbert Blight has historically been a curse to the Pacific Northwest hazelnut industry, that is, until Oregon State University released several blight-resistant varieties. So, with exception to some of the older orchards remaining, growers have looked at this disease as a thing of the past. But is it really? Watch this brief interview with Shawn Mehlenbacher from the Hazelnut Breeding Program at …

Spray Timing for Almond Bloom Diseases with Brent Holtz

Beekeepers have begun delivering hives to almond orchards and the buds of all varieties are swelling and prepping for bloom. Watch this brief interview with UCCE Farm Advisor Brent Holtz as he shares some important advice with growers regarding bloom fungicide spray timing, and read his monthly Almond Tasks column in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for …

Recent Discovery that May Help Growers Combat Brown Marmorated Stink Bug

Research entomologists are getting ready to give invasive pest Brown Marmorated Stink Bug a ‘taste of its own medicine’, as they’ve identified three volatile compounds in certain plants that attract the male. Watch this brief interview with Oregon State University Entomologist Vaughn Walton as he shares how he believes this discovery can be used to monitor and even deter the …

Bacterial Blight Becoming Most Costly Disease for Hazelnut Growers

As more Eastern Filbert Blight resistant hazelnut varieties continue to be planted across the Willamette Valley of Oregon, bacterial blight is quickly becoming the most costly disease issue growers are facing. Younger trees are more susceptible to this disease, and it can be found plaguing nearly every young orchard in the valley at one level or another. Watch this brief …

Leaffooted Bug Pressure Increases in California Almonds

Navel Orangeworm is not the only major pest of California almonds. Leaffooted bug damage is also leading to crop rejections, and unfortunately, growers do not have a lot of tools for managing this pest. Watch this brief interview with Drew Wolter from the Almond Board of California as he explains. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

A Word of Caution for Navel Orangeworm Winter Orchard Sanitation

As almond growers diligently begin their Navel Orangeworm winter sanitation and “Mummy Shakes” as the Almond Board of California puts it, Modesto grower Bill Brush shares concerns about caring for young almond trees amidst these sanitation efforts. Watch this brief interview with Bill and read more about almond orchard practices in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for …

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