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Reality of the Wildfire Impact on the 2020 Winegrape Crop

Many of our wine grape industry friends and families have been impacted by the recent wildfires, and our hearts and prayers go out to them. Although vineyards tend to act as fire breaks helping to mitigate the spread of these wildfires, growers and winemakers are concerned about what the smoke exposure impact will have on the 2020 vintage.  Please watch …

Getting More Consistent Yields in Pistachios

Pistachios are alternate bearing by nature, getting higher yields one year and then following with a short harvest.  The trees may enjoy the break every other year, but more consistent yields would be much more preferable to the grower and an expanding pistachio industry.  Watch this brief interview with UCCE Emeritus Farm Advisor Bob Beede as he shares about some …

Turning Almond Shells into Plastics & Tires

Here is a throwback video from a previous annual convention of the Almond Alliance of California as many were disappointed by the cancellation of the annual convention this year due to COVID-19 restrictions; however, very interesting research performed by USDA exploring alternative uses for almond hulls and shells — including plastics and vehicle tires through a process of torrefaction. Watch …

PhD Grower Pushes the Limits on Salinity in Pistachios

The pistachio market remains strong despite the COVID-19 impact on the global economy; however California pistachio growers are still limited on availability of quality water and soil to meet the growing demand for this valuable commodity.  There is hope though for growers on marginal land as this PhD grower has found a way to meet the needs of his crop …

Progress on Navel Orangeworm Sterile Insect Technique Research

Most tree nut growers have heard about the sterile insect technique research underway to combat Navel Orangeworm, the number one pest threat to almond and pistachio growers.  But what is the progress on this program and how soon can we expect to see these sterile insects released on a large scale to support California growers?  Watch this brief interview with …

Mechanizing Vineyard Canopy Management

Are you struggling to meet the labor needs in your vineyard and having difficulty converting to a mechanized approach? Watch this brief interview with Craig Edwards from Acampo Machine works as he shares some of the struggles and solutions growers are experiencing on the journey to a completely mechanized vineyard canopy management system.  Read more about it in American Vineyard …

Meet Stephan Sommer, Director of Viticulture and Enology at Fresno State

Have you met Stephan Sommer, Fresno State Director of Viticulture & Enology?  He joined the team at Fresno State last year, and growers will get to hear from him at Fresno State’s Grape Day coming up on August 4th, 2020 in a virtual format for the first time ever.  Watch this brief interview with Sommer, and read more about what’s …

A New Effective Way to Control Mealybugs in the Vineyard

Got vine mealybug in the vineyard? Consider mating disruption in your IPM program.  Watch this brief interview with Kent Daane from the UC Cooperative Extension as he shares how it works and how effective their research trials have been throughout the state in utilizing this technology.  Read more about vineyard pest management in American Vineyard Magazine.

Natural Health Benefits Bring Sports Team Ambassadors for American Pistachios

Pistachios are coming to be the snack of choice for America’s professional football teams. Watch this brief interview with Men’s Health Magazine Nutrition Advisor Mike Rousell as he shares why, and read more about it in Pacific Nut Producer Magazine. Don’t currently receive the magazine? Subscribe for free at: https://malcolmmedia.com/pacific-nut-producer-magazine-subscriptions/

Three Ways to Prevent Almond Hull Rot

As almond growers in California prepare for hull split, almond hull rot is often a problem on their minds during this time. As UC Cooperative Extension Orchard Systems Farm Advisor Franz Niederholzer says, prevention is key.  Watch this brief interview with Franz as he shares three tips on avoiding this costly issue in the orchard, and read more about it in …

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