Pistachios Archives - West Coast Nut


Expanding your NOW Toolbox

By Kathy Coatney | Editor

Overall the first flight of navel orangeworm (NOW) has been lighter than normal this year. This could be attributed to relatively low 2018 damage levels, especially in pistachios, and the cooler, wetter weather during the 2019 spring. “If we get really warm sustained temperatures early in the spring, navel orangeworm wakes up early and becomes active,” according to David Haviland, University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) entomology farm advisor for Kern County. But this spring was cooler, overcast and wet, so the first flight was more spread out than normal, Haviland said. NOW Damage “Damage last year in almonds was...

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Pistachio Export Aflatoxin Reporting

By Cecilia Parsons Associate Editor

In an effort to reduce rejections of pistachio shipments by the European Union (EU) due to aflatoxin, the Administrative Committee for Pistachios (ACP) developed the voluntary Pistachio Export Aflatoxin Reporting Program (PEAR). The program provides standardized reporting of sampling, analytical certification and traceability, equal to the official testing done by the EU at ports of entry. Bob Klein, manager of ACP, said the program, implemented late in 2018, is working well, with only one rejection of a shipment, compared to about 20 in the previous reporting period. He noted that last year’s low NOW damage in the pistachio crop was...

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