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Kern County Ag Day 2019


Kern County Ag Day Takes place on October 24th, 2019 at the Kern County Fairgrounds in Bakersfield, California. Join us there from 7:00AM to 1:00PM for a day of seminars, workshops, networking, an industry lunch, and awesome giveaways! All pre-registers are entered for the chance to win a Traeger Pro Grill (Must be present to win) Don't miss your chance to pre-register and attend this event! (more…)

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Compost – Is It Right for My Operation?


Compost is defined by the University of California Solution Center for Nutrient Management as the product of controlled biological decomposition of organic material. The composting process involves sufficient heat generation to eliminate pathogens as well as stabilize the organic material to a stage where it can be applied to soil. The list of benefits to agricultural crops from compost applications includes increases in organic matter, microbial activity, micronutrients, cation exchange capacity, carbon sequestration and water holding capacity plus increased soil levels of nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus. Soil borne disease, soil erosion and soil compaction may also be impacted by compost...

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Fertilization: Important Points to Consider When Fertilizing Hazelnuts


Telly Wirth, of Tangent, in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, has this take on fertilizing hazelnuts: With each grower, each orchard, each season and each year, the needs will vary. Moving to Hazelnut Production The Wirth family’s operation was originally a grass seed and grain farm, with some acreage planted in legumes and vegetable seed. With the bans on traditional field burning to kill pests, and disease spores, came the need for more chemical use—along with greater expense—to protect the grass seed. So, Telly began searching for a more profitable crop. About 10 years ago, hazelnuts entered the picture for the Wirth...

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Wet, Cool Spring Impacts Disease, Pests in Orchards

By Julie R. Johnson Contributing Writer

[caption id="attachment_2181" align="aligncenter" width="2000"] A display of Chandler walnut sizes from a tree in a Madera orchard. The diverse sizes may be the result of this year's wet spring.[/caption] All Photos Courtesy of Justin Nay While this year's late rains may be a benefit in postponing the need for irrigation in almond and walnut orchards across the state, the cool and wet spring has left many growers and agriculture advisors worried about what those rains can mean in the way of disease and pests damage....

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