As blooms fade from orchards and green leaf tissue appears, almond trees become receptive to nutrient uptake. Because almonds are high in protein content, their need for nitrogen is also high as nitrogen is a major component of protein. Preparing a nitrogen budget will help you increase yields, lower input costs, meet regulatory requirements and improve environmental stewardship by applying only what the crop needs. Almond Board of California has developed a grower-friendly tool to create a nitrogen budget online. A new video explains the importance of budgeting for nitrogen, and how to use the new Nitrogen Calculator.