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Is There a Need for Postharvest Nitrogen in Almonds


Is there a need for postharvest nitrogen application in almonds? This question has been has examined through research at the Nickels Soil Lab in Colusa County. Information garnered through studies by Franz Niederholzer, UCCE farm advisor Colusa and Sutter/Yuba counties and research coordinator at the Nickels Soil Lab, has shown late, postharvest application of N didn't increase yield the next year and maybe skipped – at least in the Sacramento Valley. That information and more was shared by Niederholzer during this year's annual Nickels Soil Lab Field Day. “Here at Nickels, several years back, we tried putting N on late, in October following a heavy crop year,” he said. “The trees we put the nitrogen on kept their leaves. The trees we did not put the nitrogen on lost their leaves weeks earlier than the trees that received the nitrogen. I thought then, wow, this late season nitrogen could be...

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Heat Stress: Don’t get burned


Summertime here in the West gets hot, real hot. But luckily, we had a pretty darn mild June after a crazy wet spring. When ground moisture starts higher in the beginning of the season than usual and warmer temperatures are late coming in, we often times get lulled to sleep by less plant stress. By mid-July when certain areas haven’t seen three days over 100 degrees many a farmer tries to save a few bucks by riding out the remaining heat until harvest. This is especially true in heat sensitive row crops like tomatoes or grape vineyards. However, on the nut tree side of things we usually only focus on Walnuts. It’s par for the course this time of year to see those great big majestic trees get covered in clays, polymers, sunscreens and reflectant products. We’ve seen it work well at times on vulnerable walnut species and save some...

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Year-Round Health: Nutrition Management in the Orchard


Specialists rattle off chemistry terms, percentages, and solubility, and while it’s all extremely important information in regards to the health of your orchard, this knowledge becomes useless without the help of the most vital component: Water. Richard Kreps, CCA stressed water importance earlier this summer at the Mid Valley Nut Expo in Turlock, California, and it’s no secret that nutrition management comes down to the barest of basics for healthy trees and thriving orchards. But, are your trees drawing water from the depths they should be? What do you do as the season progresses? Ideally, your water is reaching down to the four-to-five foot level after the rains and spring begins. Unless your cation-exchange capacity (CEC) are five or less—which is practically river sand—you’re not going to get water down deep when the heat turns up. As such, your trees will not have available water to draw from at those...

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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. The goal of any fertilizer management strategy is to ensure that adequate nutrients are available to supply the current demand of the plant. Niederholzer says N is a key mineral nutrient in almond production throughout California, and its deficiency reduces kernel yield per acre. Almond nutrient management should focus on...

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Taking Super-fy to Superweeks


As fall approaches, pecans are typically top of mind, particularly when it comes to pie and the holiday season. However, as the American Pecan Council works to raise demand for pecans nationwide, we know a critical piece of our efforts is finding creative, engaging, and research-driven ways to reach our target audience outside of harvest and the holidays. We have previously shared with you our overarching campaign to harness the year-round superfood power of American Pecans. The Super-fy marketing campaign leverages the idea that pecans’ powerful nutrition makes them the perfect addition to any snack or meal. From January through March, Super-fy drove interest and engagement with our target audience, and was fueled by work with blogger partners, media relations, and social media. While the Super-fy campaign concept highlights the nutrition of pecans to our target audience, we also wanted to showcase pecans’ versatility. To take our message a step...

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