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Almond Industry Presses on Despite Challenges in China

While President Donald J. Trump was announcing a threat of 10 percent tariffs on $300 billion in Chinese exports to the U.S., the Almond Board of California (ABC) was in China emphasizing the importance of trade, as well as the future of the California almond industry in China. This August, ABC President and CEO Richard Waycott, Vice President of Global Market Development Emily Fleischmann and Almond Board Chair Holly A. King attended the China Chamber of Commerce of Foodstuffs and Native Produce (CFNA) annual meeting in Zhengzhou, China, on behalf of the California almond industry. This meeting brings together around...

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Nitrogen Management Research for Almonds

Research on nitrogen (N) management in almonds over the past decade has revealed application practices that can be beneficial on a three-pronged approach –  benefits to the tree, to the grower's pocketbook and to the environment. This subject has been the topic of trials, studies and presentations by the industry's top authority, Patrick Brown, professor of Plant Nutrition in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of California (UC) Davis. Additional research has been conducted by Franz Niederholzer, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) farm advisor, Colusa and Sutter/Yuba counties and research coordinator at the Nickels Soil Lab in Colusa County....

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Almond Post-Harvest Irrigation

From hull split through September, almond trees are undergoing flower-bud differentiation for next year’s bloom. Prolonged water stress during this period reduces the bloom density and fruit set the following year, significantly reducing yields. Thus, the post-harvest period is a critical time for almond irrigation. Overview of Almond Flower Bud Differentiation Flower bud differentiation is the process by which the apical meristem in the bud changes its anatomy to form flower buds instead of vegetative buds. The exact timing of differentiation depends on the variety and environmental factors, such as temperature. Additionally, not all buds on the tree begin to...

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Grower Profile: Vanella Farms

In 1968, Bob Vanella bought ten acres in Chico, California. His son, Ryan Vanella recalls the story of when Bob came to look at the property with a house and a huller in the back. He had always wanted a huller. After he bought it, he went to tell his wife Sue, that he bought a huller with a little house in the front. She of course asked about the house. In which he replied “I don’t know, I didn’t look at the house. But there is a huller in the back”. Sue always knew Bob wanted to be a...

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LFB in Control for Almonds and Pistachios

When you see adult leaffooted bugs (LFB) in your almond or pistachio orchards, it is time to take action. There is no established threshold for economic damage caused by this piercing-sucking pest, said Kris Tollerup, UC Cooperative Extension area Integrated Pest Management advisor. Traps and lures for LFB are still being evaluated. Visual observation of LFB in an orchard should prompt treatment, advisors said. LFB This large insect pest is a native of California, and has been found in the San Joaquin Valley from Butte to Kern counties. While LFB may be found in most valley locations, there are specific...

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