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Assessing the Costs & Benefits of Winter Cover Cropping in CA

Winter cover cropping is a promising agricultural management practice that boosts soil health. This article discusses a benefit-cost analysis of winter cover crop adoption and introduces a web-based interactive calculator for farmers to assess changes to baseline farm profits. Winter cover cropping is an agricultural management practice that can enhance soil health while protecting fields from soil erosion and compaction. Cover crops are typically …

Tree Nuts Market Research and Outlook, 2020 – 2026

Tree Nuts market trends, outlook, growth opportunities and companies to 2025 presents analysis and outlook of Tree Nuts types, end user industries and countries. The global F&B market witnessed significant growth over the past decade. The report presents key trends in the Tree Nuts market and provides an overview of global and regional markets, market size forecasts, drivers and challenges …

Industry Input Needed: Aluminum Phosphide, Magnesium Phosphide & Phosphine Proposed US EPA Interim Registration Review Decision

In September of 2020, the US EPA released their Proposed Interim Registration Review Decision on Aluminum Phosphide, Magnesium Phosphide, and Phosphine. There is a 60-day comment period on this decision with a deadline of Tuesday, December 22, 2020. In the review, the EPA has proposed mandatory buffer zones based on computer modeling. The proposed actions for phosphine and the metal …

Fresno Ranked #1 Ag County in the Nation, Led by Almonds

The Fresno County Department of Agriculture’s 2019 Crop and Livestock Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors today. For the second year in a row, Fresno County is the number one agricultural county in the nation. “Fresno County’s 2019 Crop and Livestock Report once again showcased how this region is the food capital of the world,” said FCFB CEO …

CA Court Rules Insects Not Protected by Endangered Species Act

The California Superior Court in Sacramento has ruled the California Endangered Species Act (CESA) does not cover insects and that bees cannot be classified as fish. The Court issued its final ruling on Nov. 19, 2020. The Almond Alliance of California, in collaboration with seven other agricultural groups, filed suit with California Fish and Game Commission in response to a …

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 …

Grower Survey to Address Future Innovations in Weed Management

Weeds can be a significant problem in berries, tree fruits, tree nuts, and vine crops (e.g. grapes, hops, etc.) especially after transplanting and during flowering and fruit and nut set. Herbicides are a primary tool for managing weeds, even though the evolution of herbicide resistance has limited the utility of many products and off-target movement can sometimes result in damage …

How to Maximize Groundwater Recharge, Addressed at Upcoming Almond Conference

Almond Board of California — Ensuring there is enough water from surface and underground supplies to meet all the state’s demands is a complicated and often controversial task. As author Mark Twain famously said, “Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting.” Groundwater usage and potential recharge opportunities are huge points of discussion in the California agricultural industry, particularly in the …

Modifying Marketing Orders to Face New Challenges

Growers’ strategies to enhance the economic sustainability of their farms are constantly evolving to address changing markets and production conditions. State or federal marketing orders enable farmers, farmer-organizations, and, in some cases, handlers to act collectively to further their mutual economic interests without violating anti-trust law. In order for marketing orders to be relevant with changing agricultural conditions, they must periodically have …

Almond Alliance of California Applauds Defeat of Prop. 15

The Almond Alliance of California today hailed the defeat of Prop. 15 which, if passed, would have been the largest property tax increase in California’s history.  The latest results from the Secretary of State’s office shows Prop. 15 losing by a margin of 52-48 %. The Almond Alliance mobilized a grassroots campaign focused on educational materials, letters and provided support …

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