Walnuts

CA Walnut Commission Celebrates USDA’s Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) Awards

The California Walnut Commission (CWC), representing more than 4,600 California walnut growers, mostly multi-generational family farms, and nearly 70 handlers, is pleased to announce it has been awarded $7 million in funding as part of the Regional Agricultural Promotion Program (RAPP) to expand distribution and sales of California Walnuts in international markets. The CWC thanks Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, the …

California Walnut Industry Supports USDA’s Expansion of Food Offerings to Include Walnut-Based Products

The California Walnut Commission (CWC) supports the recent announcements by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for the authorization of nuts and seeds to comprise the full meat/meat alternative component of meals in the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) Child Nutrition Programs. This follows the recent notice of the addition of nut and seed butters, such as walnut butter, as alternatives …

Christine Lott Joins California Walnut Board & Commission as Director of Communications

The California Walnut Board & Commission is pleased to announce Christine Lott as their new Director of Integrated Communications.  Christine comes to the Board & Commission with extensive communications and product marketing experience having worked for thirteen years at Blue Diamond Growers as the senior global brand manager.  She led the marketing department for the international consumer division, which encompasses …

2023-2024 Winter Chill, Dormancy & Walnut Management Update

Walnuts are one of the highest chill requirement tree crops in California. Though it’s easy to forget given the luxuriously high amounts of chill last year, multiple recent winters have fallen short of the chill accumulation needed for a tight, economical walnut bloom (e.g. 2014, 2015, 2020). Inadequate winter chill accumulation can result in delayed budbreak, scattered or prolonged budbreak …

Treatment Options for Management of Walnut Scale and Frosted Scale

Walnut scale (Figure 1) is an important economic pest of walnuts in California. High populations of walnut scale may affect tree vigor as well as predispose trees to diseases caused by several plant pathogenic fungi and possibly flatheaded borer damage. Historic UC Pest Management Guidelines emphasize the efficacy of insecticide applications at the crawler stage of insect development (late April …

State of the California Walnut Industry with Robert Verloop

The California walnut industry has suffered tremendously in recent years due to many factors outside of the grower’s control.  But the future is not all doom and gloom.  In fact, the quality of this year’s crop was outstanding.  Watch this brief interview with Robert Verloop, CEO of the California Walnut Board & Commission, as he shares some highlights from his …

Diamond of California® and Nature Nate’s Honey Co.® Debut Hot Honey Snack Walnuts

Diamond of California®, the century-old producer of specialty nuts, and Nature Nate’s Honey Co.®, the number-one branded honey company in the U.S. and producer of 100% pure, raw & unfiltered honey, announce today the launch of Hot Honey Snack Walnuts. The two brands have fused their expertise in walnuts and honey to create the perfect sweet and spicy superfood snack. …

Minimize Potential Sudden Autumn Freeze Damage in Walnut

Damage from a sudden autumn freeze can occur when trees experience freezing temperatures prior to going into dormancy. With sudden autumn freeze damage occurring in three of the last five years, preparing for these freeze events needs to be a regular part of every walnut grower’s summer and fall orchard operations. The best approach to escape damage from a fall …

Introducing a Butte County UC Walnut Variety Trial

A ten-acre Butte County Walnut Variety Trial was planted at the Chico State Farm in May of this year. A collaboration between Chico State, UC Davis Walnut Improvement Program, and UC Cooperative Extension, this variety trial aims to identify new varieties that will perform exceptionally well in this region. The orchard is being managed using conventional practices that are currently …

Turkey Expects Lower Pistachio & Hazelnut Crop This Year

The “off-year” for production will push Turkey’s pistachio production lower in Marketing Year (MY) 2023/24. The production of almonds and walnuts is forecast slightly higher but hazelnut production is expected to go down. Even though domestic tree nuts production continues to grow, Turkey is projected to import sizeable volumes of almonds and walnuts in MY 2023/24 to meet steady consumer demand. …

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