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Irrigation Stress and Early-Navel Orange Fruit Maturity

To maximize profits in the early navel orange market, growers need to have large fruit size and sufficient yellow-orange color and a high enough sugar-acid ratio to meet or exceed the legal minimum harvesting standards. Growers of early-maturing navel oranges in Kern County use different strategies to produce these oranges. Some growers irrigate at full evapotranspiration rates nearly up to …

Revitalizing Winery Wastewater in the Vineyard by Cover Cropping

Amidst the current drought, growers can use all the water they can get, and recycling winery wastewater back into the vineyard would seem like a nice idea — except that water from the wineries are generally high in salts/chlorides, which would prove detrimental to soil health… unless certain cover crops planted down vineyard rows could remove the unwanted additives. Watch …

Fully Automated Wine Grape Vineyard Pruning Becomes More Economical

There is not always sufficient time and labor to accomplish all the tasks that need to be taken care of in the vineyard.  Fortunately researchers and allied industry stakeholders have collaborated and innovated to provide an economical way for the full automation of winter pruning in wine grape vineyards.  Watch this brief video with Kaan Kurtural from UC Davis as …

Measuring Bulk Electrical Conductivity (EC) to Understand Grapevine Water Status

At Fresno State Grape Day, Cliff Yu from the department of viticulture and enology reminded growers of the value of measuring the bulk electrical conductivity (EC) of their vineyard soils to better meet their grapevine water needs.  Watch this brief video as he explains, and read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry …

Fresno State Researchers Investigate Smoke Taint in Wine Grapes to Help Define Thresholds

Viticulture and enology researchers from multiple universities have been feverishly working with the western wine grape industry to learn more about how wildfire smoke impacts developing wine grapes. The hope is to develop some form of industry standard threshold for smoke taint, so that wine grapes will not be rejected at the winery unless they have truly been compromised.  Watch …

Grower-Shippers Asked to Bear Burden of Unsustainable Dilemma of Under-Compensation

In the past two years, West Coast vegetables growers have been asked to absorb stratospheric aggregate inflationary input costs while at the same time trying to find a way to pass on 20%-30% inflationary costs, presenting them with an unsustainable dilemma. Without a long-term solution to this dilemma, we could all see fewer vegetables finding their way to grocers’ shelves. …

What Growers & Handlers Should Know about Preventing Tree Nut Theft

There are a lot of risks involved in farming, such as weather, insect/disease pressure and a tightening labor force; and a crop finally getting harvested is generally accompanied by a sigh of relief.  However, the risks aren’t completely over yet, especially with the threat of postharvest crop theft in California. Watch this brief interview with Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux …

Iditarod Champion Shares Why Pistachios are His Protein of Choice

Not only do pistachios contain all the essential amino acids that make up a complete protein, but they also have other nutritional benefits that help the body through extreme cold weather conditions. That is why pistachios are the trail food of choice for five-time Iditarod champion dog musher Dallas Seavey.  Watch this brief interview with one of American Pistachio Growers …

Fresno Madera Farm Credit and CoBank Announce $30,000 Donation to Central CA Food Bank

Fresno Madera Farm Credit and CoBank announced today that they have made a $30,000 donation to Central California Food Bank’s Feeding Families Fund Drive. The donation will provide more than 120,000 meals to residents of Central California who have been severely impacted by the pandemic and rising inflation. “During the pandemic, we lost a lot of corporate donors due to …

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