Blog Category: In the Orchard

The Almond Lifecycle: From Bloom to Snack Time

Almonds and the trees that grow them go through many stages in their annual lifecycle including dormancy during winter, the stunning bloom in February and March, “growing up” through the spring, and “cracking open” in summer. The year… Read more

Groundwater Recharge Update: Early Results Show No Negative Effect on the Trees

UC Water News published an interview with Dr. Helen Dahlke, an associate professor at UC Davis and Almond Board-funded researcher, in which she discusses her research on the feasibility of recharging underground aquifers by flooding almond… Read more

Dormant Trees, Busy Farmers

It’s winter time and harvest is over, but the work for California Almond farmers isn’t done. Like many other types of trees, almond orchards lose their leaves during winter and rest, a time known as dormancy. Once the leaves have fallen… Read more

Harvest Equipment Innovations Driving Dust Reduction

During this year’s harvest, Almond Board of California (ABC) hosted a side-by-side demonstration of innovative low-dust almond harvesting equipment.  Almond harvest involves a three-step process: shaking the nuts off the tree and… Read more

Almond Milk, from Orchard to Carton

Almond milk has proven to be a satisfying option for people who are looking to avoid lactose; eat fewer animal products or less soy; get less saturated fat and cholesterol, and, in the case of unsweetened almond milk, watch their calories… Read more

Harvest is in Full Swing

Harvest is in full swing on the farm. Some farmers around us started a good week or two before us, but we finally started shaking last week.  Harvest starting all depends on soil type, water moisture in the nuts, weather and tree… Read more

From the Orchard: Making Every Drop Count

For many almond farmers, a regular orchard task is irrigation system maintenance. That’s a fancy way of saying that, just like you might keep an eye on your backyard sprinklers to ensure they’re working well, almond farmers closely monitor… Read more

California Almond Orchards: Growing More Than Just a Delicious Nut

Today the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reported that California’s almond acreage increased in 2016. Bearing acres – that is orchards old enough to produce a crop – were reported at 940,000 acres, up 2 percent… Read more

Green Almonds: A Seasonal Delicacy

Almond Board of California is celebrating its community by running occasional features on farmers, processors, and others who support the industry, highlighting their commitment to sustainability.1 Stewart & Jasper Orchards is a… Read more

A Comprehensive, Living Map of California Almonds

The Almond Board of California (ABC) has partnered with Land IQ, a Sacramento-based agricultural and environmental scientific research and consulting firm, to develop a comprehensive, living map of California Almonds, orchard-by-orchard.… Read more