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In spite of Weather Challenges, Almond Production Increases

By Cecilia Parsons Associate Editor

California almond growers expect to shake a record 2.50 billion pounds from their trees this year according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service. This initial subjective forecast was sourced from a survey of growers who were asked to indicate their expected yields. Richard Waycott, president and CEO of Almond Board of California said in a phone interview that the combination of a significant increase in bearing acreage plus higher yields per acre could produce an almond crop that is 8.69 percent above 2018’s 2.30 billion pound crop. Yields per acre were forecast up 50 pounds over last year. National Agricultural...

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Summer Monitoring for Walnut Pests

By Cecilia Parsons Associate Editor

Monitoring walnut orchards for insect pests is important in the weeks leading up to harvest. The four major pests most likely to affect nut quality during the summer are codling moth, navel orangeworm (NOW), walnut husk fly (WHF) and mites. Dr. Jhalendra Rijal, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) Integrated Pest Management Advisor for northern San Joaquin Valley, said July normally marks the early part of the second flight of codling moth (CM). Growers should continue use of codling moth pheromone-based traps (1x lures) to track flights, set biofix dates, and determine generations. The challenge in monitoring for this pest...

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