Bloom Bt for Peach Twig Borer Control

Written by John Edstrom, UCCE Farm Advisor Colusa County, Emeritus Hopefully, the central valley will finally receive drought relief from recent El Niño driven storms. The resulting wet soil conditions, however, can prevent orchard access for many orchard operations including dormant sprays. Without dormant insecticide sprays, peach twig borer (PTB) populations can increase dramatically and […]

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Can mechanically-applied pollen either supplement bees, or ensure an almond crop in the event of bee inefficacy or unavailability?

Written by Elizabeth J. Fichtner, Farm Advisor, UCCE Tulare County and Katherine Wilson, Staff Research Associate, UCCE Tulare County Each year during almond bloom, a fraction of growers try artificial pollination as either a supplement to bee pollination or an insurance policy against bee-inefficacy.  Several factors may impact the availability and efficacy of bees as […]

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2015 Top Ten Articles

In maintaining the tradition of counting down the end of the year, below are the top ten articles read in 2015 from the readers of “The Almond Doctor.” 10: It’s the Nut Price, Dummy. A great article by Franz Niederholzer that discusses the rationale behind the increased plantings. It was the number one read article in […]

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