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Almond Board of California
The Almond Board of California said overwintering aggregations of leaffooted bug being monitored have started to break up and are moving into nearby orchards. Director of Agricultural Affairs Bob Curtis discussed how to monitor for the pest and how to positively diagnose damage. Continue reading

In today’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, a movement called Ag Day 365 is looking to expand agriculture awareness to a daily mission rather than once a year. Continue reading

Avalon Pecan nut
Everett Griner talks about University of Georgia developing a new pecan nut in today’s Agri View. Hear Everett’s report and learn more. →

look wines
Cathy Isom takes a look at some interesting statistics about wine. Red, White or Rose… a look at the wines and wine drinkers trending in America. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

As expected, the official final grape crush report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture showed a bounce back year for California grape growers. 2016 grape crush numbers are up almost 10 percent year-to-year and are the highest totals since 2013. Continue reading

In today’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, bloom weather has caused some problems around the state. Rains have hit orchards hard and we may not know to what extent until later in the season. Continue reading

irrigationWith the unusually wet year, growers are changing up their irrigation schedules. Spencer Cooper, senior manager of irrigation and water efficiency, tells us what growers need to be monitoring right now for irrigation.

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In this week’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, trees are blooming around the state and some growers will soon start to see peach twig borer activity. Continue reading

Helping Honey BeesThe Almond Board is reminding growers of ways they can help the honey bee population by planting forage for the bees.

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On both National Almond Day and National Innovation Day, Almond Board of California (ABC) is announcing a research commitment that will benefit the almond community in 2017 and beyond. Through this program, ABC is investing $4.7 million dollars in 82 independent, third-party research projects exploring next-generation farming and sustainability practices. Sabrina Hill talks with Gabrielle Ludwig, Almond Board Director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs for more information.

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grape crush
The 2016 crush totaled 4,196,723 tons, up 8.5 percent from the 2015 crush of 3,868,459 tons. Red wine varieties accounted for the largest share of all grapes crushed, at 2,255,300 tons, up 10.5 percent from 2015. The 2016 white wine variety crush totaled 1,745,490 tons, up 4.9 percent from 2015. Tons crushed of raisin type varieties totaled 98,205, up 6.2 percent from 2015, and tons crushed of table type varieties totaled 97,729, up 38.3 percent from 2015. Continue reading

hass avocados
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is extending the comment period for a proposed rule that would allow the importation of Hass avocados from Colombia into the continental United States. We are also notifying the public of the availability of a revised pest risk assessment (PRA) and risk management document (RMD) associated with the proposed rule. Continue reading

managing irrigationAs almond growers are getting ready for pollination, Director of Agricultural Affairs for the Almond Board of California, Bob Curtis, says at the field level, best management practices are critical. He says it all starts with a good working relationship between the almond grower and the bee keeper, especially when it comes to communication about the use of pesticides.
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In today’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, AgNet West got an update on almond bloom timing and the possibility of issues during bloom that growers haven’t seen in a few years. Continue reading

bloom time
In today’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, February means almond bloom. AgNet West’s Taylor Hillman talked with Valent USA’s Pat Clay a few weeks ago about almond bloom timing. Continue reading

If you have not invited avocados to grace your Super Bowl party table, you are missing out. Cathy Isom tells you all about the single-seeded fruit that’s expected to be a big hit during the big game this weekend. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Hear Cathy’s report and learn more. →

Almond growers and beekeepers have their fingers crossed that apiarists from California and out of state can supply the state’s 900,000 bearing acres of almond orchards with enough honeybees to pollinate and set this year’s crop.
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managing irrigation
The Almond Board has tools available to help growers with managing irrigation. In this week’s Almond Update, Senior Manager, Irrigation and Water Efficiency, Spencer Cooper tells us about the irrigation continuum.
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genetically engineered apple
The first genetically engineered apple variety will reach store shelves next month after years of development and protest. Continue reading

Chill hours
Calculating chill hours for pistachio trees has become more challenging as “normal” seasonal weather is changing. The warmer, wet winter in California may be complicating the issue even more. Continue reading

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