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Reflections of 2016 Mite Pressure & Management in Almonds

[wpdevart_youtube]TRePzmynHzA[/wpdevart_youtube] 2016 was an odd year for mite pressure & management in almonds. UC Kern County Entomologist David Haviland addressed this at Malcolm Media’s Annual Tree & Vine Expo in Turlock. Watch this brief interview with David as he reflects on last year’s trends of mite monitoring/control as growers prepare to manage them this year.

USDA World Market Report on Tree Nuts

Note: This report does not include pistachios because the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) did not publish the Noncitrus Fruits and Nuts 2016 Preliminary Summary. Without U.S. production data for 2016/17, the Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) is unable to forecast the global supply and demand balance, of which the United States is a major component. FAS will update these data …

Almond Board Leadership Program Announces Class of 2017

Almond Leadership Program enters its ninth year Almond Board of California (ABC) has unveiled its 2017 Almond Leadership Program class, a group of 18 future leaders representing nearly every aspect of the industry: growers, processors, suppliers, retailers and pest control advisers. Participants will spend the next year in a structured program, with the oversight of volunteer mentors, preparing them to …

Safe Food Alliance Hosts Pesticide Safety Training, April 21

Pesticides play a unique role in environmental protection. California’s approach is based on a strong scientific foundation and has built the most comprehensive state pesticide regulation program in the nation to ensure that pesticides are used safely.  DFA’s Safe Food Alliance will be hosting a Pesticide Safety Training on April 21, 2017 in Yuba City (Plaza Room, 210 Julie Dr.), 7:00 …

Ag Council of California Recognizes Clinton Shick with Cultivator Award

The prestigious 2017 California Cultivator Award was presented to Clinton Shick, past chairman of Blue Diamond Growers, on March 9th during Ag Council’s 98th Annual Meeting in Carlsbad, California. “During Clinton’s tenure as vice chair and chair, Blue Diamond’s growth catapulted,” said Emily Rooney, president of Ag Council. “Clinton helped lead the cooperative into an era where they handled more …

Enjoy Your Tree Nuts: UC Scientists Help with Regulatory Compliance

Davis, Calif., (March 28, 2017) – California tree nut growers will soon have to comply with new agriculture water testing requirements under the Produce Safety Rule in the 2011 Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). University of California researchers and advisors are holding seminars to share information about the agricultural water requirements and proper water sampling methods in order to be in …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (March 28, 2017) – The week oscillated between warm and wet to dry and cool two separate times last week, as early springtime Pacific systems moved through the State. Rain totals were up to a quarter of an inch along the southern coast, increasing gradually to nearly two inches near San Francisco. The southern valley saw one-and-a-half inches, …

Tips on Controlling Botryosphaeria & Phomopsis in Walnut Orchards

[wpdevart_youtube]tLQwCuvx1uQ[/wpdevart_youtube] With all the rain we received this winter, UC Plant Pathologist Themis Michailides warns growers that the sleeping giant of botryosphaeria and phomopsis will be awakening again. With the potential to cause severe damage in walnut orchards, Themis shared some cultural and chemical tools growers can utilize to keep it under control. Watch Themis’ brief interview with California Ag …

Managing Walnut Scale to Lower Botryosphaeria Impact

[wpdevart_youtube]Nuokjp9ytic[/wpdevart_youtube] Now is the time to be monitoring for walnut scale. This is a pest that cannot be ignored in walnut orchards with Botryosphaeria issues. Watch Emily Symmes’ video interview with California Ag Network as she explains how to monitor and control this pest to lower the impact of Botryosphaeria. Read more in the March issue of Pacific Nut Producer …

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