2015 Harvest Time Updates

Over the past week, a few interesting observations have been made. These include: 1. Hull rot in Nonpareil appears worse in many ‘Nonpareil’ orchards. This is most likely due to the higher-than-normal humidity levels experienced during the initiation of hull-split. Most of the hull rot appears to be from the black bread mold Rhizopus. The dieback […]

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2015: Lower Limb Dieback Returns

I have received several calls and comments regarding the severity of lower limb dieback (LLDB) in almonds this year. This topic has been discussed to a greater extent here, but I thought I would highlight a few points and some updates to keep in mind if you are observing these symptoms in your orchard. LLDB […]

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Good Spray Coverage: Watch the Air

Written by: Franz Niederholzer, UCCE Farm Advisor, Colusa and Sutter/Yuba Counties and Luke Milliron, UCCE Horticulture Intern Good spray coverage is vital to effective pest control.  Nowhere is this truer than for NOW control at hull split.  Excessive sprayer speed kills spray coverage, especially in the tree tops.  But is there a simple way to figure out […]

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Soil Moisture Sensors

Soil moisture sensors are great tools to aid in irrigation management. They provide feedback on the movement and depth of moisture within the soil, providing the ability to identify the proper duration of irrigation. Proper use relies on a thorough understanding of the soil characteristics of the orchard, which include soil type, water holding capacity, […]

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