Category Archives: Horticulture

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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Stockpiling Almonds During Harvest

With the increase in almond plantings over the past few years, processing delays will become more common. While waiting to be processed, almonds are usually stockpiled. Stockpiling has a number of advantages,  including getting the almonds out of the orchard sooner to allow the ability to perform  post-harvest practices, reduce in-field insect infestations, and allowing greater […]

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Yellow Trees and Saturated Soils

Annually, several calls regarding poor tree growth and “pale trees” are received. This is often due to saturated soils. Too wet of soils reduces the movement of oxygen into the soil, killing fine feeder roots. This impacts the ability for the tree to uptake water and nutrients, leading to micro-nutrient deficiencies, impacting nut set and […]

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