The University of California Cooperative Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources held a Southern San Joaquin Valley Almond Symposium last week in Kerman. The cooperative extension had several farm advisors from up and down the valley presenting on Nitrogen and potassium in orchards, disease management and irrigation systems.
Research Scientist Joel Siegel presented his findings regarding the navel orangeworm, stating that there is always a big spike in activity between the very end of April and a few days into May. UCCE Merced Farm Advisor David Doll said controlling naval orangeworm this year will be a challenge. Growers were also updated on pesticide regulations and shown in depth pictures of root diseases from USDA Scientist Greg Browne.