Articles - West Coast Nut

2019 ‘Off’ Year Pistachio Crop Looks Above Average

Adequate chill over the winter in all California growing regions, plus new acreage coming into production are expected to bring in a harvest that is estimated to be in the 700-850 million pound range. That is not close to record 994 million pounds of pistachios harvested last year in California, Arizona and New Mexico, but is very good production for this alternate bearing crop, said Richard Matoian, executive director of American Pistachio Growers. Increased Acreage Matoian said he is comfortable with the 700-850 million pound range that was forecast at the International Dried Fruit and Nut Congress in May. The...

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Protecting the Roots: Nematode Management in Perennial Crops

The agriculture industry often has adversaries, whether they’re pests, diseases, inclement weather, or various regulations. On the flip side, it seems that every year the industry takes progressive steps to effectively handle or work within all those constraints. The problem with nematodes in the soil is no exception, and farmers and researchers work together to battle these parasites. Nematodes in the Orchard: A Brief There are thousands of species of nematodes, existing in nearly every ecosystem reaching from the tropics to Antarctica. These microscopic roundworms exist in beneficial and harmful varieties, with the plant-parasitic nematodes being a significant concern to...

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Drone Adoption Grows as Technology Rapidly Evolves

Before drone technology became available farmers would have to procure images of their operations from satellite services or through the use of manned aircraft. In a relatively short period of time the cost, quality and sophistication of aerial image capture changed significantly. What began as somewhat of a novelty has grown into a full-fledged industry that continues to become more advanced every year. While drone technology initially developed outside of the agricultural sector, it did not take long to realize that many of the features being utilized in other industries could be applied on farming operations. An increasing number of...

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The Crop Consultant Conference Full Menu of Workshops and Seminars

The inaugural Crop Consultant Conference will be a gathering place for all who are dedicated to caring for California specialty crops. Pest Control Advisors (PCA), Certified Crop Advisors (CCA), applicators and agriculture retailers are all invited to participate in this two-day conference, September 26-27 in Visalia. This event at the Visalia Convention Center packs a full menu of educational workshops and seminars, professional networking opportunities plus multiple hours of PCA and CCA credits into 24 hours. The program begins at 1 p.m. on Thursday and concludes after lunch and a final speaker, at 1 p.m. on Friday. The...

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Irrigation by Variety in Almond Orchards

    As farmers face increasing pressure to use water wisely due to environmental and policy changes in California, the importance of developing site-specific irrigation practices has never been more important. Site Specific Irrigation Site-specific irrigation management can account for heterogeneous soils, variable topography, diverse tree varieties and ages, changing environmental conditions, and more. In almond orchards, which typically have two or three varieties to improve cross-pollination, diverse tree varieties offer a potential application of site-specific irrigation management. My major advisor, Dr. Isaya Kisekka, and I have begun an experiment to...

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Getting the Most Out of a Golden Hills Pistachio Harvest

Prior to the release of the cultivar Golden Hills, pistachio growers in the San Joaquin Valley (SJV) of California were accustomed to harvesting a single female cultivar named Kerman. Since Kerman was the only female cultivar that most growers had any experience with, the way Kerman was harvested became synonymous with how pistachios, in general, should be harvested. However, different cultivars have “individualities” that should be addressed to make a harvest more successful. What makes for a successful Kerman harvest is not, necessarily, that which makes for a successful Golden Hills harvest and vice versa. Although Golden Hills was released...

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