October 2021 Mid Month Archives - West Coast Nut

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Tank Mixing: What to Do and What Not to Do

Tank mixing may often seem like a straightforward process, but one wrong chemistry and the mix could go awry. A multitude of different reactions can take place with chemistries in a typical tank mix, but some tell-tale signs of a bad mix include production of a colored or colorless gas, carbon dioxide formation, or the generation of heat/cold, according to Christopher Underwood, head of Product Development at Custom Agronomics and speaker at the 2021 Crop Consultant Conference. One of the most common signs of a bad mix that most people...

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Various Causes of “Gummy” Nuts in Almond

Finding “gummy” nuts on almond trees is a sight no grower or consultant wants to see. Gummy nuts can be a symptom of many causes of nut damage, from disease, to insects, to nutrient deficiency. Thus, it is necessary, according to former UCCE Advisor Emily Symmes in a Sacramento Valley Orchard Source article, to dissect fruit and take a holistic approach to assessing the orchard and surrounding landscape to determine the cause of damage. Symmes noted that often, once gummy nuts are observed, the opportunity to mitigate the cause of...

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New Walnut Freeze Damage Survey Out

A new UCCE survey has been released as walnut growers continue to see the effects of last fall’s freeze events in their orchards. The purpose of the survey, developed by UCCE farm advisors, is to gain greater understanding of freeze damage in walnuts and what growers/consultants have done to try and mitigate effects. Freeze damage is defined in the survey as “damage observed in spring yet incurred during the previous fall from cold temperatures below 32 degrees F.” According to the survey description, results may be used to “develop further...

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2021 Subjective Yield Survey Results for Hazelnuts Released

Hazelnut Marketing Board released its annual Subjective Yield Survey, and the 2021 crop has the potential to be a new high for the industry. The projected crop size, according to a Hazelnut Marketing Board press release, is 125.2 million pounds or 62,603 tons. The values were calculated from grower survey cards cross-referenced with field mapping statistics from a Pacific Agricultural Survey December 2020 report. Across the ranges of tree age (0 to 4 years, 5 to 10 years, mature) in the survey, 84,190 acres were accounted for. Oregon Hazelnut Industry Office Executive Director Colleen Nihen commented on the positives for...

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