WCN0620 Archives - West Coast Nut

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The “Four Rs” for Nitrogen Efficiency

Following the 4R’s of nutrient stewardship – using the right source, at the right rate, at the right time and the right place – is key to ensuring nitrogen is used as efficiently as possible. Irrigation management also comes into play since nitrates are mobile and move with water. As a result, applying the correct amount of water at the correct time is part of the overall nitrogen stewardship equation. (more…)

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Hullsplit Logistics

Hullsplit signals the approach of harvest and presents opportunities for growers to ensure a quality crop. A year’s worth of careful water and nutrition management, pest control and floor maintenance can be realized at hullsplit. (more…)

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Encouraging Beneficial Birds in Walnut Orchards

Sounds of spring are in the air with birds singing to claim and defend territories during nesting season, which generally runs from February to mid-August. (more…)

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Targeting Early Splits in Pistachios:

After more than a decade of studying aflatoxin contamination in pistachios, UC Davis Plant Pathologist Thomis J. Michailides, based at the Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier, has come up with a list of practices to reduce the contamination. (more…)

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Successes in Groundwater Recharge

Ten years ago was a time before the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and even before many knew what ‘white lands’ were. (more…)

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An Integrated Approach to Managing Spider Mites in Nut Orchards

Now is the time to scout and monitor spider mites in both walnuts and almonds as warm weather continues throughout California. (more…)

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Almond Board Takes Breeding to the Next Level

Almonds have been a constant throughout human history. (more…)

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Walnut Husk Fly

The walnut husk fly, Rhagoletis completa (Diptera: Tephritidae), is a colorful fly of about the same size as the house fly but has iridescent greenish eyes, and banded wings. (more…)

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Manage Nitrogen and Irrigation to Reduce Hull Rot Infections

Planned deficit irrigation and balanced nitrogen applications have been proven to reduce the incidence of hull rot in almonds. (more…)

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Farm Advisor Profile:

Kent Daane, UC Cooperative Extension entomology specialist at the Kearney Ag Center in Parlier, always had an interest in insects and the forest. But he became enamored with biological control through the extravagant stories of Dr. Carl Huffaker, a key figure in UC history in terms of biological control, who was not only the father to one of Daane’s high school friends, but also became one of Daane’s mentors. “Carl would travel to all kinds of exotic places,” recalled Daane. “He was with the first scientific group to go to Russia after WWII, in one of the first...

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Sharing the Good News About Pistachios:

Buoyed by positive research news, a bountiful harvest in 2019, and robust exports to key markets, American Pistachio Growers (APG) maintains its focus to build and sustain long-term profitability and sustainability. (more…)

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The Future of Orchard Spraying

Experienced nut growers and pest control advisers (PCAs) understand the importance of orchard spraying to the production of a high-quality crop. Missing the mark on a crop protection spray can have a devastating impact on yield or quality. (more…)

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Predicting and Managing Walnut Blight

Timing spray applications to protect walnut trees from blight infection can be done based on orchard history with the disease and monitoring buds along with the forecasting tool Xanthocast. (more…)

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A Look at Salinity Research in Pistachio

Introduction: This is the second article in a monthly series discussing research funded by the California Pistachio Research Board. This month we are featuring projects addressing salinity in the soils and water of the California’s Central Valley. (more…)

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Produce Safety Inspections During and After COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, things are everchanging in our everyday lives and work environments. However, even during these times, farms are expected to meet the requirements set forth by the Food and Drug Administration’s Food Safety Modernization Act. But what does that mean for farms during and after the pandemic? We will discuss what you should know. (more…)

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Almond Outlook: Preparing for a Record Crop

The almond industry is well positioned to move an anticipated third consecutive record crop as strong domestic demand and ideal growing conditions have converged to create a banner year for the almond industry. (more…)

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Cal OSHA Passes Night Work in Agriculture Standard

After years of discussion, stakeholder meetings and financial review, the Cal OSHA Standards Board finally passed the Outdoor Agricultural Operations During Hours of Darkness standard at its April 18, 2020 meeting. The concept, first discussed back in 2013, was initially raised when worker advocacy groups asserted that the industry was subverting compliance with heat illness prevention regulations by conducting work at night. (more…)

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An Innovative Training Program to Address Labor Shortages

With rising wages and growing labor shortages, farmers are faced with difficult decisions as the older generation of their workforce retires. As if finding labor wasn’t hard enough, finding skilled workers to take on essential positions such as management is proving more difficult and time consuming. (more…)

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Giacomazzi Farms – Grower Profile

It’s pretty rare to find a farm that is older than the county it is farmed in. What about being the oldest dairy in California, or the oldest dairy west of the Rockies? (more…)

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