Category Archives: Horticulture

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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Almond Orchard Row Width

I am commonly asked about optimal orchard row width for almond orchards in order to maximize production and returns.  With the goal being to maximize production as early as possible, many operations want to plant rows as close as possible, but wide enough to provide access for equipment.  Therefore, most operations within California plant between 21-22,’ […]

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