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Almond Variety Trial Continues


A new round of statewide almond variety trials were started in 2014. There are three trials, one in Chico, Salida and Chowchilla. Each trial used rootstocks that were common to the area. In Butte County, the trees are on the Krymsk® 86 rootstock. In Salida, Nemaguard rootstock was used because that area has problems with root knot nematode. In Chowchilla, Hansen peach/almond hybrid was used because it is more tolerant to drought and salinity. Almond Research Trial Joe Connell, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) farm advisor emeritus in Butte County, helped establish the almond variety trial at California State University (CSU) farm in Chico, California. “The main purpose is to observe varieties in semi-commercial conditions that breeders thought, might have promise,” Connell said. This could also be identifying varieties that have a fatal flaw like problems with shaking, excessive disease problems, or poor yields. Consistently poor producers might be...

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Harvesting Strategies to Reduce Dust


A clear view to the very end of a row of trees, just a few rows away from operating harvest equipment, showed how seriously California’s almond growers are taking their industry’s efforts to reduce dust. Dust Reduction Goals Purchase of harvest equipment designed to generate less dust, harvest strategies to reduce dust and grower efforts to minimize dust in sensitive areas are all attempts by almond growers to meet 2025 dust reduction goals sought by Almond Board of California (ABC). The goal, set in 2018, is to reduce total harvest dust by 50 percent. Air quality, particularly during late summer, can be negatively impacted by dust generated during almond harvest. Sweepers and pick up machines operating in orchards can create significant amounts of dust and contribute to high levels of particulate matter in the air. To address this issue, Almond Board of California has funded research over the last ten...

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