Popular Six-Minute Updates Return to The Almond Conference

Veterans of The Almond Conference in previous years may remember that a highlight of the Conference was the six-minute updates on Almond Board–funded research presented by the researchers themselves. This “speed-dating” format allowed growers to learn about the latest research findings while respecting time constraints.

This format is being resurrected to celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Almond Conference along with the return to its original Sacramento location. This year, more than 20 researchers will give project updates as follows:

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Brent Holtz — UC Farm Advisor Almond Culture and Orchard Management Studies
  • Franz Niederholzer — Nickels Soil Lab Projects: Minimum Pruning Systems; Organic Almond Production; and Concealed Damage Field Studies
  • Ken Shackel — Defining an Almond Irrigation/Yield Production Function for Almonds
  • Ken Shackel — Drought Survival Strategies for Established Almond Orchards
  • Rick Snyder — Real-Time Weather Monitoring for Frost Protection with Sprinklers
  • Bruce Lampinen — Precision Canopy and Water Management with Sensor Technology
  • Bruce Lampinen — Harvest and Stockpile Management to Reduce Aflatoxin Potential
  • Themis Michailides — Biocontrol of Aspergillus and Aflatoxin in Almonds
  • Ted DeJong — Almond Tree Growth and Development Model
  • Brent Holtz — Orchard Carbon Recycling and Replant Disease
  • Joel Kimmelshue — Can Chipped Almond Prunings Provide Carbon Sequestration?
  • Dave Smart — Almond Orchards and Greenhouse Gases: Impact of Nitrogen Fertilization
  • Alissa Kendall — Almond Orchards and Greenhouse Gases: Life Cycle Assessment

Thursday, Dec. 13, 4:30 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

  • Ring Cardé — Improving Navel Orangeworm (NOW) Mating Disruption and Monitoring Lures
  • John Beck — Monitoring Adult Navel Orangeworm (NOW) with Host Plant Volatiles
  • Frank Zalom — Insect and Mite Research
  • David Haviland — Insect and Mite Pest Management in the Lower San Joaquin Valley
  • Louisa Hooven — Impact of Insecticides and Fungicides Found in Migratory Honey Bee Colonies on Immune Function and Varroa Population Levels
  • Steve Sheppard — Importation and Preservation of Germplasm for U.S. Honey Bee Breeding and Stock Improvement
  • Marla Spivak — Tech Transfer Teams to Improve Honey Bee Health and Stocks
  • Chris Heintz — Planting Honey Bee Forage Crops In and Around Almond Orchards
  • Roger Duncan — Set and Yield of Independence Variety With and Without Bees
  • Gordon Wardell — Honey Bee Colony Density and Almond Nut-Set Studies
  • Jane-Ling Wang — Almond Crop Forecasting Research

Presentation location at the Sacramento Convention Center and speaker affiliation are available online.

Be sure to register in advance for The Almond Conference.