Verticillium Wilt of Almond (and Pistachio)

The high heats of late spring/early summer can bring upon the onset of wilts. Verticillium wilt, a common occurring wilt, is caused by the fungus Verticillium dahliae Klebs. V. dahliae is widespread in soils throughout the county, with susceptible hosts in a large number of perennial and annual crops. Within perennial crops, almond and pistachio […]

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Kaolin Clay May be Useful in Increasing Chill Accumulation in Pistachios

David Doll, University of California Cooperative Extension, Merced, CA; Clay Beck and Joe Coelho, Valley Orchard Management, Three Rocks, CA. A preliminary study conducted by the University of California Cooperative Extension and Valley Orchard Management in which Surround® was sprayed onto dormant pistachio trees has shown an increase in cluster count and yield. This technique […]

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Where are Leaffooted Bug Overwintering?

Written by Kris Tollerup, University of California Cooperative Extension Area-wide IPM Advisor, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA For a few seasons now, I have been interested in understanding more and ultimately finding better monitoring tools for Leaffooted bug, Leptoglossus spp.  Most growers and PCAs have a  good working knowledge of this bug […]

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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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