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Protecting your Almonds from Ant Damage

Almonds sat on the ground to dry a little longer this season due to the abnormal drop in temperatures and increase in humidity at harvest. This provided a longer window of opportunity for ants to feast on the valuable product.  Regardless of what the future brings, there will always be ants in the orchard and now would be a good …

How to Design a New Pistachio Orchard

Considering planting a new pistachio orchard? What is the ideal row/tree spacing? How many male pollenizer trees will you need? Should you plant on berms or not? These are just a few of the questions addressed by UC Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor Craig Kallsen in this video.  Watch his brief interview and read more about growing pistachios in Pacific Nut …

New Export Opportunities for Almond Hulls

As California almond production continues to increase, so does the amount of coproducts such as hulls and shells.  Traditionally, much of these coproducts have been sold to California dairies as cattle feed and bedding amendments; however, the increase in production has led the industry to pursue further marketing opportunities and uses for these coproducts.  Watch this brief interview with Elaine …

Over 70% of Sonoma County Winegrowers Suffer Losses this Year

Though the 2020 growing season enjoyed near-perfect growing conditions, a mid-August lightning storm during a global pandemic resulted in a dramatic turn for Sonoma County’s winegrapes and a financial blow to the region just as it has with other wine regions across California.  “No one could have predicted how the external events of 2020 would impact the entire community in Sonoma …

Don’t Miss Malcolm Media’s Virtual Tree & Vine Expo, Nov. 10-11

Save the dates, Tuesday & Wednesday, November 10-11th for the annual Tree & Vine Expo held in an exciting new virtual format this year.  Historically held at the Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, in Turlock, CA, heart of North Valley wine grape, tree nut and fruit country, it is the ultimate postharvest industry gathering place for regional grape, nut & tree fruit …

Pre-Register Today for the Central Coast Grape Expo, Nov. 6

Save the date, Friday, November 6th for the biennial Central Coast Grape Expo held in an exciting new virtual format this year.  Malcolm Media’s premier event for Central Coast Wine Grape Growers and PCAs held in cooperation with American Vineyard Magazine and California Ag Network, it is the ultimate postharvest regional gathering place for wine grape growers and crop advisors.  Hundreds of …

Don’t Miss Malcolm Media’s Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo Nov. 12-13

Save the dates, Thursday & Friday, November 12th-13th for the annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo held in an exciting new virtual format this year.  Historically held at the Big Fresno Fairgrounds by Malcolm Media Ag Publishing in cooperation with California Ag Network, Pacific Nut Producer, American Vineyard, and California Fresh Fruit Magazines, it is the ultimate postharvest industry …

Mendocino Winegrowers Successfully Passes ‘Mendocino County’ Labeling Law

Mendocino WineGrowers (MWI), the wine marketing organization for Mendocino County, is proud to announce their success in getting conjunctive labeling passed for the County.  As of January 1, 2023 all wines labeled with an AVA located in Mendocino County must also include “Mendocino County” on the label.  This designation is a huge coup for an area whose grapes are prominently …

Wildfire Impact on CA Almond Harvest & Crop Update

Are California almond growers really going to reach their record 3 billion pound crop this year? How have the wildfires impacted the harvest season? What kind of pest pressure levels are growers experiencing this year? What should almond growers expect at the virtual Almond Board Conference this year?  Watch this brief interview with Richard Waycott from the Almond Board of …

Taking Vineyard Sustainability to the Next Level with Climate Adaptation Certification

Sonoma County Winegrowers have reached nearly 100% certified sustainability in their growing practices, but they are not settling just at that.  They are currently working with the California Land Stewardship Institute to develop a Climate Adaption Certification program and launched a pilot program this year in preparation.  Watch this brief interview with Laurel Marcus as she explains and read more …

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