2016 Top Ten Articles

With 2016 coming to a close, here is a quick review of the top ten articles read this past year from “The Almond Doctor.” 10. Verticillium wilt of almond (and pistachio). An overview of the disease, symptoms, and management for almond trees. This disease has become more common with increased plantings on land previously cropped to […]

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Sun Reflecting Products for Increased Winter Chill? 

Written by Bob Beede (UCCE Kings County, Emeritus) and David Doll (UCCE Merced) Tests of winter applied kaolin clay or calcium carbonate-based materials intended to either reflect solar radiation or diffuse it continue.  Results from David Doll, UCCE Farm Advisor, Merced County, and Valley Orchard Management, showed an increase in chill portion accumulation and a […]

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Winter Chill Update: December 2016

Written by Bob Beede, UCCE Kings County, Emeritus. Editors note: This article was developed with high chill crops, particularly pistachio. Almonds aren’t as chill dependent, but the broad topics discussed are relevant to all perennial horticultural crops. Those of you who are outside every day know that it has been pretty warm.  The only cold weather […]

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