The third and final segment of Almond Board of California’s (ABC’s) series of educational sustainability workshops will begin April 23, addressing the topics of energy stewardship and air quality.
At The 2014 Almond Conference, entomologist David Haviland (UC Cooperative Extension, Kern County) cautioned that the use of pyrethroid insecticides and miticides is on the increase (on a per-bearing-acre basis), which heightens the risk for increased navel orangeworm (NOW) tolerance/resistance to pyrethroid insecticides, and can disrupt integrated pest management (IPM) programs for mites.
Green almonds are a seasonal delicacy for people familiar with the Middle East, and some California Almond growers are catering to that niche market in the U.S. Green almonds are harvested mid-April to mid-June, before either the nut or the shell starts to harden, making the making the entire nut — including the hull and the shell — edible.
Storms in December and February led to the State Water Project to increase its anticipated deliveries from 15 percent to 20 percent. The Department of Water Resources (DWR) expects to deliver 840,000 acre-feet of the nearly 4.2 million acre-feet requested by contractors. A 20 percent allocation would be the second-...
Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer introduced legislation that designates the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta a National Heritage Area and names the Delta Protection Commission as the federally recognized entity to manage the National Heritage Area. The bill also authorizes $10 million in federal assistance over...
The State Water Resources Control Board modified the Temporary Urgency Change Order to allow the CVP and SWP further flexibility to store and move water, especially in response to health and safety needs. The revised order removes some limitations that were in the original order on water transfers, clarifying that the...
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) reports that family-owned farms remain the backbone of the agriculture industry. NASS Statistic Division Director Hubert Hamer said that “97 percent of all U.S. farms are family owned.” This data is taken from the 2012 Census of...
The California Legislature approved a $1 billion financing plan before leaving for the spring recess. The bills will speed up spending on water projects and allocated approximately $75 million in immediate aid for drought-stricken regions. The legislation, AB 91 which contains the financing plan and AB 92 which...
Knowing the right amount of nitrogen to apply in the right places at the right time is key to any nitrogen plan.
Pest control advisors (PCAs) need to be on the lookout for leaffooted bug (LFB). Present indications point to the potential for significant LFB damage to almonds.

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