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Transitioning to High-Density, Mechanically Harvested Table Olive Acreage

California’s table olive industry is over 100-year-old, and it is currently undergoing transformation to mechanically harvestable acreage similar to almond, walnut, prune, pistachio, and other tree crops. The modern acreage configuration for table olives provides multiple benefits including increased tree count, efficient irrigation methods, mechanically adapted spacings, and a uniform tree structure. While traditional olive acreage is typically planted 60 …

New Monitoring Tool for Navel Orangeworm in Mating Disrupted Orchards

Traditional navel orangeworm monitoring tools have proven less effective in the presence of mating disruption technology in the orchard. Watch this brief video with UC IPM Advisor Jhalendra Rijal as he addresses the issue and shares about some new technology that can help growers more effectively monitor this tree nut pest.  Read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. …

Managing Walnut Husk Fly in the Orchard

Walnut growers should start monitoring for walnut husk fly in May.  Watch this video with emeritus UCCE IPM Specialist Bob Van Steenwyk as he provides timely step by step directions on how to monitor and manage this pest.  Read more about orchard pest management in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Please thank this video’s sponsor Trece for their industry support.

Four Steps for Planting Containerized Almond Trees

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently reported a record 1.25 million acres of almonds across California’s landscape, up 5.9% from 2019. More almond orchard continue to be planted as we speak, due in part to the reduce labor needs associated with this crop and a healthy global market for this versatile product.  With increased almond acreage anticipated to be …

Report Shows Significant Economic Impact of Pistachios

The western pistachio industry has a much bigger impact on the nation and world than people may realize.  In addition to providing a healthy and nutritious snack to consumers across the world, the US Pistachio industry has a significant impact on the economy as well, as recently measured in a study by economist Dennis Tootelian.  Watch this brief interview as …

Optimizing Yield of Young Pinot Grigio Vines

Recently planted Pinot Grigio and wondering how much yield to prepare for in its early years? Watch this brief interview with UCCE Viticulture Advisor George Zhuang as he shares some key insights for growers from a San Joaquin Valley perspective. Read more in American Vineyard Magazine.   Please thank this video’s sponsor Suterra for their industry support.

USDA Announces New & Expanded Pandemic Assistance for Farmers

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced today that USDA is establishing new programs and efforts to bring financial assistance to farmers, ranchers and producers who felt the impact of COVID-19 market disruptions. The new initiative—USDA Pandemic Assistance for Producers—will reach a broader set of producers than in previous COVID-19 aid programs. USDA is dedicating at least $6 billion toward the new …

Managing Crown Gall in Walnut May Reduce Incidence of Thousand Cankers Disease

As the pandemic precluded an in-person UC Tri-County Walnut Day this year, we’d like to share this informative video from Walnut Days past, as Thousand Cankers Disease continues to be an issue for California walnut growers.  If your walnut orchard is suffering from Thousand Cankers Disease, chances are that you may have other pathogens infecting your trees as well.  Watch …

Saving Money on Sustainable Farming with Sonoma’s Dutton Ranch

Sonoma County farmers have been outstanding examples of moving towards new and innovative sustainable practices on their farms. Sustainability takes many forms though, and accounts for the health and prosperity of both the land and the steward. There are costs with implementing sustainable practices on the farm, but many of these can return savings to the farmers as well, such …

National Raisin Co Vaccinates Essential Ag Employees, Continues Feeding the World

Whoever would have thought a raisin packing facility would be not only be receiving and shipping raisin product, but also turn into a drive-thru vaccination clinic?  It’s true, and National Raisin Company has already assisted in getting 1,000 essential ag workers vaccinated for COVID-19 — exactly one year from the start of the pandemic.  Watch this brief interview with LindaKay …

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