A new walnut block featuring two research trials has been planted at the Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC) at Exeter, Calif., according to Elizabeth Fichtner, local University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County.
On April 11, 2016, Fichtner established a rootstock observation trial and a study to screen biological and biorational compounds to help protect walnut rootstocks from soilborne pathogens.
The 2015 Certified Organic Survey (COS) is underway and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding California farmers and ranchers that it’s not too late to respond.
In early February, survey questionnaires were mailed nationwide to all known organic farms. In late March, NASS will conduct telephone follow up with producers who have not yet responded.
Some farmers may also be selected for in-person interviews to assist with data collection efforts.
The statewide snowpack – source of much of the California’s water supply – is only 83 percent of the March 1 average, the result of moderate precipitation since last October and relatively warm temperatures, according to the Department of Water Resources (DWR).
“Mother Nature is not living up to predictions by some that a ‘Godzilla’ El Niño would produce much more precipitation than usual this winter,” says DWR Director Mark Cowin. “We need conservation as much as ever.”