Q&A: Evaluating a Water Supply for Suitability to Irrigate Nut Crops

After receiving the results of a water analysis, there are several components that need to be reviewed to determine suitability of the water for the planted crop. If the water does not meet the expected suitability range, it may require ammendments (e.g. gypsum or acid) or mixing with other water sources to prevent crop loss. Below are […]

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2015 Mid-Spring Updates

A lot of excitement this past week with the passing storms. Some large thunderstorms passed through Merced Co. dropping some hail and rain. As with any thunderstorms, rainfall totals vary. A few calls have yielded some concerns which are highlighted below. 1. Irrigation for areas with low rainfall totals will most likely still be needed. Use […]

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Stink Bug Damage within Almonds

Stink bugs are found occasionally in almonds. They feed on the almond hulls from late April through July, causing gummosis and kernel abortion. Typically, multiple feeding points are found on an almond and within an area of the tree, with few feeding holes extending into the kernel after shell hardening. Even without reaching the developing kernel, excessive […]

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