North San Joaquin Valley Issued ‘AA’ BDO Zone Rating For Tree Nut Biomass
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by Malcolm Media
18h ago
BEAM Circular, the Almond Board of California, Stanislaus County and Ecostrat are pleased to announce the issue of a rare ‘AA’ rating to the North San Joaquin Valley Bioeconomy Development Opportunity Zone centered in Modesto, CA, North America’s first BDO Zone rating for Orchard Biomass, Nut Tree Shells and Almond Hulls. The North San Joaquin Valley BDO Zone investment grade rating denotes ‘very high quality’ feedstock supply chains and infrastructure. The region exhibits a longstanding industry supported by 6,300 nut tree growers and suppliers along wi ..read more
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Efficacy of a Hull Split Spray vs. Sanitation for NOW Control
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by Malcolm Media
18h ago
Navel orangeworm (NOW) is most effectively controlled with the cultural practice of winter sanitation. Winter shaking almond trees to remove mummy nuts has proven to decrease next year’s NOW damage better than any other approach. The reason for this is clear. NOW overwinters as larvae in mummy nuts left in the tree after harvest and it is in these nuts the population carries over into the next season. Adult moths emerge in spring, mate, and lay eggs on mummies that are still in the trees as the females can’t find the new crop nuts until hull split. The second generation will th ..read more
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2023-2024 Winter Chill, Dormancy & Walnut Management Update
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by Malcolm Media
18h ago
Walnuts are one of the highest chill requirement tree crops in California. Though it’s easy to forget given the luxuriously high amounts of chill last year, multiple recent winters have fallen short of the chill accumulation needed for a tight, economical walnut bloom (e.g. 2014, 2015, 2020). Inadequate winter chill accumulation can result in delayed budbreak, scattered or prolonged budbreak and buds on southern sides of branches never opening. Prolonged bloom can result in a wider variety in nut sizes, more small nuts, and multiple shakes, while also complicating timing of control measures fo ..read more
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Preventing Bacterial Blast Damage in Almond This Year
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by Malcolm Media
18h ago
In 2023, the cold, wet weather during bloom and leaf-out resulted in bacterial blast damage in many Sacramento Valley almond orchards. If conditions this year are cold and wet during bloom, we may see a recurrence of blast: make a plan now to keep blast damage to a minimum. The Bottom Line: Bacterial blast can be a problem when cold, wet conditions coincide with bloom or leaf-out. Copper resistance is common in the pathogen: spraying copper is ineffective for preventing blast in many orchards. Frost protection is the most economical prevention option and will help prevent damage fro ..read more
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2023 UCCE Blackeye Bean Variety Evaluation
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by Malcolm Media
2d ago
UC Cooperative extension experts led by Michelle Leinfelder-Miles evaluated blackeye bean varieties in a commercial field in Stanislaus County in 2023. The season began with cool and wet spring conditions, which lasted through the month of June and delayed planting. Seven varieties from the University of California blackeye breeding program were planted on July 7th. The varieties were grown on a Hanford sandy loam, and the soil temperature was approximately 75°F at the time of planting. Each variety was planted across six rows on 30-inch spacing, on a row length of approximately 275 feet. The ..read more
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Dairy Council of California Awards over $45,000 in Let’s Eat Healthy Grants
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by Malcolm Media
2d ago
Dairy Council of California, a leader in nutrition education and advocacy, has awarded over $45,000 in community grants to assist California schools and community-based organizations with innovative and sustainable solutions to foster healthy eating and meet local needs. Grants advance Dairy Council of California’s Let’s Eat Healthy Initiative, engaging nutrition champions to support equitable access to science-based nutrition education. Funds also support food and agricultural literacy and help make healthy, wholesome foods, including milk and dairy foods, more accessible for local California ..read more
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Nine California Counties Make Top 10 List for Ag Sales in the Nation
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by Malcolm Media
2d ago
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) has announced the results of the 2022 Census of Agriculture, spanning more than 6 million data points about America’s farms and ranches and the people who operate them down to the county level. The information collected directly from producers shows a continued decline in the total number of California farms. However, the data also show an increase in the value of agriculture sales in California. The full Census of Agriculture report as well as publication dates for additional ag census d ..read more
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Friant Water Authority and Arvin Edison Water Storage District Sue Eastern Tule GSA
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by Malcolm Media
2d ago
The Friant Water Authority (FWA) and the Arvin-Edison Water Storage District (AEWSD) have filed a lawsuit against the Eastern Tule Groundwater Sustainability Agency (ETGSA) in Tulare County Superior Court for breach of a settlement agreement between the parties regarding land subsidence impacts to the Friant-Kern Canal and for intentional interference with AEWSD’s contract with the United States Bureau of Reclamation for water deliveries conveyed through the canal. The water delivered by the Friant-Kern Canal, which is operated and maintained by FWA (and owned and managed by the Bureau of Recl ..read more
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Hands-On Support to Help Ag Producers Applying for Renewable Energy Funding
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by Malcolm Media
2d ago
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is inviting grant applications from organizations to provide hands-on assistance to agricultural producers applying for Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) funding, which will lower energy costs and make energy efficiency improvements in rural areas. This assistance is made possible by President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act “President Biden and USDA are ensuring farmers, ranchers and small businesses get a fair chance at grants that make energy more affordable,” Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Farah ..read more
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Tulare County Sheriff and Congressional Candidate Addresses Tree Nut and Beehive Theft
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by Malcolm Media
2d ago
As California almond orchards are coming to life again in beautiful bloom, most of the nation’s beehives have been strategically placed around orchards all over the state in hopes of a solid 2024 crop set.  Should growers be concerned about these hives disappearing overnight? Watch this brief interview Tulare County Sheriff Mike Boudreaux who addresses this, along with the historical issues of tree nut theft, and measures that have been taken to mitigate these problems. Boudreaux is also running for Congress, and he shared how he plans to represent California farmers if elected to the 20t ..read more
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