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Oregon Hazelnut Grower Shares Experience with Mechanized Pruning

Due to increasing labor costs and shortages in recent years, many painstaking tasks on the farm are now being mechanized, and Pacific Northwest hazelnut growers are beginning to see mechanical pruning as a more reliable and economical alternative to traditional hand-pruning. But when is an appropriate time to begin this practice for those who have just recently planted new orchards? …

Are Autonomous Self-Driving Tractors Legal in California?

As California’s agricultural industries progress towards a more sustainable future with new technologies and innovations, current Cal OSHA regulations (unless changed) may hinder their progress, particularly with regard to autonomous or self-driving tractors.  Watch this brief video with Michael Miiller from the California Association of Winegrape Growers as he explains.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

SJV Air Pollution Control District Addresses Phase Out of Ag Burning

Agricultural burning as we know it is currently in the process of being phased out.  So what’s the timeline, what alternatives are out there and what incentive programs are available for the industry to make this big transition? These topics were addressed at Malcolm Media’s recent Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo. Watch this interview with Crystal Yunker from the …

New AI Institute Expands UC Merced’s Smart, Sustainable Ag Effort

With a new $20 million federal grant, UC Merced becomes part of a multi-institutional research collaborative to develop artificial intelligence — or AI — solutions to tackle some of agriculture’s biggest challenges related to water management, climate change and integration of new technology into farming. The new institute is one of 11 launched this year by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and …

CIDETRAK® NOW MESO™ – Confidence in Product Performance

– SPONSORED CONTENT –   Confidence in Product Performance in Where the Value Lies “We tried CIDETRAK® NOW MESO™ in 2019 to see how well it would perform, and it did well. This season, we expanded with new acreage, and were pleased with the results. Along with orchard sanitation and well timed insecticide applications, mating disruption is a valuable tool in managing NOW. I like …

CIDETRAK® NOW MESO™ – Add this TOOL to your BELT

– SPONSORED CONTENT – “We are on year 2 with having CIDETRAK® NOW MESO™ in our orchard, and we are extremely pleased with the results. We’re treating 500 acres of Almonds and have seen a major reduction in NOW injury of up to 80%. What makes CIDETRAK unique for us is the application flexibility. We do not have flat square orchard blocks that other products …

ANNOUNCING TOMRA 5C – A More Successful Future Awaits

– SPONSORED CONTENT – As an innovative thought leader for nearly 50 years, TOMRA Food has brought many firsts to the industry, and now we bring you one more. We continue to raise the bar for food safety and product quality. We continue working closely with you, our processing partners, to break barriers as to what is possible with optical …

Autonomous Robot to Sample Leaves and Measure Water Potential

Every backyard gardener knows how hard it can be to tell when to water the plants. Multiply that by tens or hundreds of acres and it’s easy to see the challenges growers face keeping their crops healthy while managing water resources wisely. To determine water needs accurately, growers hand-pluck individual leaves from plants, put them in pressure chambers, and apply …

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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