Hullsplit signals the beginning of the maturing process, ending with harvest later in the summer. While you’re making hullsplit sprays and mowing weeds in the middles, remember: It’s never too soon to prepare for harvest. In fact, keeping a clean, smooth orchard floor year-round will speed all orchard activities. And when it comes time to harvest, a clean orchard floor will make all dust management practices easier. The Almond Board of California has looked into the literature on dust management to discover how harvest dust could be reduced. This information has been developed into a set of guidelines to help you get through harvest efficiently, while at the same time being a good neighbor in your community.