February 2020 Newsletter Archives - West Coast Nut


February 2020 Newsletter

New Mexico Pecan Harvest

New Mexico State University Extension pecan specialist Richard Heerema said that state’s pecan harvest has been a little unusual and interesting. The early season varieties coming from the state that leads the nation in pecan production had good quality, but represent only a small portion of the total pecan harvest. Later varieties had a bit of variation in crop sizes, and challenges with shuck split after a surprise October freeze event. Some orchards experienced more of an alternate bearing cycle than other orchards, Heerema said. Variability in production from orchard to orchard more pronounced than last season. When the freeze...

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Walnut Husk Fly Trapping Comparison

A comparison of traps for walnut husk fly was done by grad student Megan Luke and Dr. Elizabeth Boyd, from the Chico State Plant Sciences Department to assist walnut growers with management decisions. Boyd’s study included monitoring trap captures of WHF in two walnut orchards located in Butte and Solano counties. The study compared efficacy and performance of a Peterson trap and lure with that of a grower standard trap and lure. Boyd also included mapping of captures. The UC Pest Management Guidelines advise trapping and monitoring catches to time treatment for this pest. Early WHF damage to the walnut...

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Grower Grants for Soil Improvement

California Department of Food and Agriculture is offering grants of up to $100,000 to growers who are planning to incorporate conservation practices to improve soil health and sequester carbon. Applications for the Healthy Soils Program will be accepted in February on a rolling basis for four months or until funds run out. Applicants will be notified within six weeks if they have been approved. Rejected applications can be edited and re-submitted. The program begins in the fall of 2020 and is a three year commitment. The practices that are approved include cropping, composting, whole orchard recycling, herbaceous and woody cover...

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Almond Board of California Announces Pollinator Protection Plan

Doubling down on attention to pollinator health, California’s almond community has announced a five point Pollinator Protection Plan that emphasizes the importance pollinators in almond production. The Almond Board of California is partering with Pollinator Partnership, a non profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems. This partnership includes promotion of the Bee Friendly Farming certification program for almond growers. Goal of the partnership is to expand the number of almond growers who provide habitat for pollinators. Certification comes with benefits for the grower, including use of a logo for marketing. The second...

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