Western Farm Press http://westernfarmpress.com/rss.xml en High school graduation, agricultural dreams follow similar path http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/high-school-graduation-agricultural-dreams-follow-similar-path <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The high school graduation season is wrapping up with 12-grade pigskins in hands, and young graduates believing the world is at their fingertips which it is.</p> <p>My grandson was among those in May who shifted the high school graduation hat tassel from one side to the other; a scene repeated across the country in this symbolic achievement of educational advancement.</p> <p>He graduated from a high school in a mostly rural town in the Upper Midwest where agriculture is likely the top economic contributor to the local economy. &nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/high-school-graduation-agricultural-dreams-follow-similar-path" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/high-school-graduation-agricultural-dreams-follow-similar-path#comments Miscellaneous Farm Press Blog Wed, 25 May 2016 23:39:00 +0000 167551 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images</p> Almond Board taps national lab to help study aquifers http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-taps-national-lab-help-study-aquifers <div class="field-deck"> Partnership will augment ongoing efforts to understand groundwater recharge </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Berkeley National Lab will study how almond orchards can be conduit for groundwater recharge</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-taps-national-lab-help-study-aquifers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-taps-national-lab-help-study-aquifers#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Wed, 25 May 2016 21:42:00 +0000 167541 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>About one-third of California&#39;s almond acreage sits on land that could provide good groundwater recharge. The idea is to flood irrigate orchards at certain times of the year with surface water to&nbsp;replenish&nbsp;aquifers.</p> Moist, foggy mornings during bloom highlight importance of proper canopy management for Santa Cruz Mountains growers http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/moist-foggy-mornings-during-bloom-highlight-importance-proper-canopy-management-santa-cruz-mo <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA continued to flower into the second week of May, the 2016 bloom appears to be more uniform than last year, reports Prudy Foxx, a viticulture consultant based in, Santa Cruz, Calif</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/moist-foggy-mornings-during-bloom-highlight-importance-proper-canopy-management-santa-cruz-mo" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/moist-foggy-mornings-during-bloom-highlight-importance-proper-canopy-management-santa-cruz-mo#comments Grapes Wed, 25 May 2016 15:36:00 +0000 167501 at http://westernfarmpress.com Winter rains, more surface water benefit SJV grower’s crop prospects http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/winter-rains-more-surface-water-benefit-sjv-grower-s-crop-prospects <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Following the start of bloom in his earliest variety, French Colombard, about three weeks earlier, his last variety, Cabernet Sauvignon, had finished this year’s bloom by mid-May, says San Joaquin Valley wine grape grower J.R. Shannon.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/winter-rains-more-surface-water-benefit-sjv-grower-s-crop-prospects" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/winter-rains-more-surface-water-benefit-sjv-grower-s-crop-prospects#comments Grapes Wed, 25 May 2016 15:21:00 +0000 167491 at http://westernfarmpress.com Water picture brightens for this year’s raisin crop http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/water-picture-brightens-year-s-raisin-crop <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ten days into May, about two weeks after it started, the Thompson Seedless bloom was coming to a close in California’s raisin country, which lies within about a 60-mile radius of Fresno.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/water-picture-brightens-year-s-raisin-crop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/water-picture-brightens-year-s-raisin-crop#comments Grapes Wed, 25 May 2016 15:16:00 +0000 167481 at http://westernfarmpress.com Rose Acre to open Arizona egg operation this fall http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rose-acre-open-arizona-egg-operation-fall <div class="field-deck"> Farm located in La Paz County </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Indiana-based Rose Acre Farms, the second largest egg producer in the U.S. with almost 2,000 employees in eight states, plans to open a new operation south of Bouse in La Paz County, Ariz. this fall.</p> <p>The Bouse-area facility could eventually hire 80-100 employees in the farm&rsquo;s first development stage.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very excited to have Rose Acre Farms in Arizona,&rdquo; said Mark Killian, director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA).</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rose-acre-open-arizona-egg-operation-fall" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/rose-acre-open-arizona-egg-operation-fall#comments Miscellaneous Tue, 24 May 2016 23:30:00 +0000 167461 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Stock photo - Getty Images.&nbsp;</p> Sensaphone soil sensor aids irrigation efficiency http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/sensaphone-soil-sensor-aids-irrigation-efficiency <div class="node-body article-body">Sensaphone soil moisture sensor aids irrigation efficiency</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/sensaphone-soil-sensor-aids-irrigation-efficiency" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/sensaphone-soil-sensor-aids-irrigation-efficiency#comments Irrigation Irrigation Tue, 24 May 2016 23:06:00 +0000 167451 at http://westernfarmpress.com CAPCA Ed Organic Seminar, July 8, Chico http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-ed-organic-seminar-july-8-chico <div class="node-body event-body"><p>A day-long seminar for growers and crop consultants focusing on the sustainable and organic production of field crops, vegetables and orchards will take place July 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico.</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Sierra Nevada Brewing Company</span> <div class="street-address"> 1075 20th Street </div> <span class="locality">Chico</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="39.724193">39° 43' 27.0948" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.815356">121° 48' 55.2816" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=39.724193+-121.815356+%281075+20th+Street%2C+Chico%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A day-long seminar for growers and crop consultants focusing on the sustainable and organic production of field crops, vegetables and orchards will take place July 8 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. in Chico.</p> <p>Subjects covered include: Regulations, principles of organic production, biostimlants, orchard production, IPM, Myorrhizal inoculants, sustainability and organic programs at Sierra Nevada Brewing and a grower panel discussing fertility and pest management organic production challenges.</p> <p>There will also be exhibits by firms providing products acceptable for certified organic production.</p> <p>Six hours of continuing education unites will be available for certified crop advisors and licensed pest control advisors.</p> <p>The meeting is presented by the Northern California Chapter of the California Association of Pest Control Advisers, California Association of Pest Control Advisers the Organic Fertilizer Association of California and is underwritten by Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.</p> <p>The seminar takes place in The Big Room of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., 1075 20<sup>th</sup> Street., Chico, Calif.</p> <p>For more information, contact Steven Beckley, (916)539-4107, <a href="mailto:sbeckley@aol.com">sbeckley@aol.com</a>.&nbsp; Program is available at <a href="https://capcaed.com/july-8-2016-chico-sustainable/organic-production-in-northern-california">https://capcaed.com/july-8-2016-chico-sustainable/organic-production-in-northern-california</a></p> </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-ed-organic-seminar-july-8-chico" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/capca-ed-organic-seminar-july-8-chico#comments 39.724193 -121.815356 Tue, 24 May 2016 21:31:00 +0000 167441 at http://westernfarmpress.com New Technologies for Arizona Field Crops, June 8, Maricopa http://westernfarmpress.com/new-technologies-arizona-field-crops-june-8-maricopa <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Maricopa Agricultural Center</span> <div class="street-address"> 37860 W. Smith Enke Rd. </div> <span class="locality">Maricopa</span>, <span class="region">AZ</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="33.072730">33° 4' 21.828" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-111.974335">111° 58' 27.606" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=33.072730+-111.974335+%2837860+W.+Smith+Enke+Rd.%2C+Maricopa%2C+AZ%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The 3<sup>rd</sup> annual workshop on New Technologies for Arizona Field Crops will be held June 8 at the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) in Maricopa, Ariz.</p> <p>Topics will include: drone use&nbsp;in agriculture; the use of bio-competitive products for aflatoxin; soil moisture probes and inferred sensors to determine irrigation schedule; the AgWater app; 2,4-D and dicamba new technology for cotton; utilizing GPS and GIS systems for precision farm applications; and new guidelines in assessing the biological control of whiteflies in cotton.</p> <p>The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the MAC located at 37860 W. Smith Enke Rd.</p> <p>Growers, pest control advisers, agricultural industry representatives, and anyone interested in field crops in Arizona are invited to attend.</p> <p>Lunch will be provided.</p> <p>For more information, contact Ayman Mostafa at (602) 827-8213 or <a href="mailto:ayman@email.arizona.edu">ayman@email.arizona.edu</a>.</p> </div> http://westernfarmpress.com/new-technologies-arizona-field-crops-june-8-maricopa#comments 33.072730 -111.974335 Tue, 24 May 2016 18:08:00 +0000 167431 at http://westernfarmpress.com Almond trade association rebrands and expands effort http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-trade-association-rebrands-and-expands-effort <div class="field-deck"> Almond Hullers and Processors will become Almond Alliance of California </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A California trade association will soon rebrand itself as the commodity it serves grows into the single-largest segment of the state&rsquo;s agricultural economy.</p> <p>Touting itself as the only organization solely dedicated to the California almond industry, the Ripon-based Almond Hullers and Processors Association (AHPA) will soon become the Almond Alliance of California (AAC).</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-trade-association-rebrands-and-expands-effort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-trade-association-rebrands-and-expands-effort#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 24 May 2016 15:40:00 +0000 167421 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Dick Cunningham, left, chairman of the board for the Almond Hullers and Processors Association, and Kelly Covello, president of the association, say the new rebranding of the organization to the Almond Alliance of California will recognize their work and advocacy on behalf of almond growers in California.</p> Surface Irrigation Efficiency Workshop, June 3, Parlier http://westernfarmpress.com/surface-irrigation-efficiency-workshop-june-3-parlier <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Kearney Agricultural Center </span> <div class="street-address"> 9240 S. Riverbend Ave </div> <span class="locality">Parlier</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="36.600882">36° 36' 3.1752" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-119.510867">119° 30' 39.1212" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=36.600882+-119.510867+%289240+S.+Riverbend+Ave%2C+Parlier%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>The free Surface Irrigation Efficiency Workshop will be held June 3 from 9 a.m. to noon at the University of California Kearney Agricultural Center (Nectarine Room) located at 9240 S. Riverbend Ave. in Parlier, Calif.</p> <p>This workshop is designed to give growers and water managers the tools and insights on how to better conduct surface irrigation activities including furrow, border and basin (flood) irrigation.</p> <p>Topics will include basic system design issues, performance evaluation approaches, and commonly used practices to improve the distribution uniformity and efficiency of applied water.</p> <p><strong>Agenda:</strong></p> <p>8:30 - Registration and Refreshments</p> <p>9:00 - Introductory remarks, welcome - Nicholas Clark, UCCE</p> <p>9:10 - Practical Application for Improving Surface Irrigation Efficiencies, Dan Munk, UCCE</p> <p>9:30 - Understanding Irrigation Efficiency with Different Systems: How it&rsquo;s Defined, Why it&rsquo;s Important - Khaled Bali, UCCE</p> <p>9:50 - Irrigation Systems and Energy Efficiency - Daniele Zaccaria, UC Davis</p> <p>10:10 - Break</p> <p>10:30 - Improving the Efficiency of Surface Irrigation Systems - Eduardo Bautista, USDA-ARS</p> <p>11:10 - The Relationship Between Irrigation Efficiency and Field Geometry, Field Condition, and Inflow Rate into the Irrigated Field - Eduardo Bautista</p> <p>11:30 - 12:00 - Q&amp;A</p> <p>&nbsp;To register for the workshop or for additional information, email or call Dan Munk at <a href="mailto:dsmunk@ucanr.edu">dsmunk@ucanr.edu</a> - (559) 241-7515).</p> <p>Event registration is optional but preferred to estimate the attendance.</p> </div> http://westernfarmpress.com/surface-irrigation-efficiency-workshop-june-3-parlier#comments 36.600882 -119.510867 Tue, 24 May 2016 00:10:00 +0000 167411 at http://westernfarmpress.com Food safety panel: LGMA guidelines scientifically sound http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/food-safety-panel-lgma-guidelines-scientifically-sound <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A panel of food safety experts conducting an independent review of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement&rsquo;s food safety <em>Guidelines</em> basically calls the current production practices scientifically sound, current, and in some cases more stringent than existing federal guidelines.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/food-safety-panel-lgma-guidelines-scientifically-sound" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/food-safety-panel-lgma-guidelines-scientifically-sound#comments Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 22:27:00 +0000 167401 at http://westernfarmpress.com Cling Peach New Variety-Selections Field Meeting, June 15, Marysville and Live Oak http://westernfarmpress.com/cling-peach-new-variety-selections-field-meeting-june-15-marysville-and-live-oak <div class="node-body event-body"></div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Oak Tree Farms</span> <div class="street-address"> 1261 Simpson Lane </div> <span class="locality">Marysville</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="39.143709">39° 8' 37.3524" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.570918">121° 34' 15.3048" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=39.143709+-121.570918+%281261+Simpson+Lane%2C+Marysville%2C+CA%2C+%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>A Cling Peach New Variety-Selections Field Meeting is scheduled for June 15 in Marysville and Live Oak, Calif. from 8:45 a.m. to noon.</p> <p>Attendees will see the new cling peach variety Kader or two early selections &ndash; Early #5 or Early #6 performance - in local orchards. The tours will be led by Tom Gradziel, UC Davis pomologist and processing peach breeder and Janine Hasey, UCCE farm advisor for Sutter and Yuba counties.</p> <p><strong>Agenda</strong>:</p> <p>8:45 - 9:30 a.m.: Kader variety - Oak Tree Farms, Craig and Sean Carberry, 1261 Simpson Lane in Marysville. Look for the big green gate and UC meeting sign on the north side on the road about one-half mile east of the Yuba River.</p> <p>9:45-10:30 a.m. &ndash; Early #6 selection - Davit Ranches, Rajeev Davit, 10895 Hwy. 70, Marysville. Look for the UC meeting sign.</p> <p>11:00 &ndash; noon - Early&nbsp;#5 selection - Rich McPherrin Ranch, 2104 Sanders Rd., Live Oak. Early #5 trees are east of the house.</p> </div> http://westernfarmpress.com/cling-peach-new-variety-selections-field-meeting-june-15-marysville-and-live-oak#comments 39.143709 -121.570918 Mon, 23 May 2016 21:43:00 +0000 167391 at http://westernfarmpress.com Yamaha RMAX launches U.S. commercial spray service in Napa vineyard http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/yamaha-rmax-launches-us-commercial-spray-service-napa-vineyard <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announced the inaugural commercial operation of its RMAX remotely-piloted helicopter for agriculture spraying in the United States.</p> <p>The RMAX flight was completed this week in California for Napa-based Silverado Farming Company. RMAX applied a fungicide for preventative control of powdery mildew, a major fungal disease which affects grapes and many other crops.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/yamaha-rmax-launches-us-commercial-spray-service-napa-vineyard" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/equipment/yamaha-rmax-launches-us-commercial-spray-service-napa-vineyard#comments Equipment GPS Grapes Mon, 23 May 2016 17:36:00 +0000 167381 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Yamaha Precision Agriculture team members and staff with&nbsp;Silverado Farming Company in Napa Valley, Calif. pose&nbsp;with Yamaha&#39;s RMAX helicopter for its&nbsp;inaugural U.S. commercial spraying service flight held May 18.&nbsp;</p> BASF’s Varisto herbicide receives registration for select crops http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/basf-s-varisto-herbicide-receives-registration-select-crops <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Environmental Protection Agency recently registered BASF&rsquo;s Varisto herbicide for use in clover grown for seed, dry beans, dry peas, English peas, lima beans (succulent), snap beans and soybeans.</p> <p>This new herbicide helps maximize yield potential by delivering a wide spectrum of broadleaf and grass weed control.</p> <p>&ldquo;Varisto herbicide offers multiple sites of action for excellent weed control and resistance management in a convenient premix formulation with low crop response,&rdquo; said Christa Ellers-Kirk, BASF technical market manager.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/basf-s-varisto-herbicide-receives-registration-select-crops" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/vegetables/basf-s-varisto-herbicide-receives-registration-select-crops#comments Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 13:10:00 +0000 167361 at http://westernfarmpress.com What role should science play in GMO debate? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate <div class="node-body blog-body">Is science important in developing decisions of public policy surrounding agriculture?</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/what-role-should-science-play-gmo-debate#comments Government Farm Press Blog Fri, 20 May 2016 02:00:00 +0000 167331 at http://westernfarmpress.com Federal funds to address agricultural watershed issues http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/federal-funds-address-agricultural-watershed-issues <div class="node-body article-body">Farm Bill funds will address agricultural watershed issues</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/federal-funds-address-agricultural-watershed-issues" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/federal-funds-address-agricultural-watershed-issues#comments Irrigation Wed, 18 May 2016 17:42:00 +0000 167351 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Federal funds could help address critical water issues in agricultural watersheds.</p> H.J. Baker launches new product against Huanglongbing http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/hj-baker-launches-new-product-against-huanglongbing <div class="node-body article-body">H.J. Baker launches new citrus greening product </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/hj-baker-launches-new-product-against-huanglongbing" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/hj-baker-launches-new-product-against-huanglongbing#comments Orchard Crops Wed, 18 May 2016 17:18:00 +0000 167341 at http://westernfarmpress.com Study reports 'inconvenient truth' about GMO's http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos <div class="node-body blog-body">Report spells out why we should not fear GMOs</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/study-reports-inconvenient-truth-about-gmos#comments Cotton Government Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 18 May 2016 16:04:00 +0000 167321 at http://westernfarmpress.com Honeybees are “nectar hogs,” compared to wild bees http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/honeybees-are-nectar-hogs-compared-wild-bees <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There are ample reasons to remove honeybees from an almond orchard after they have done their pollination job, including not leaving them there to decrease the risk from harm by pesticide use.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/honeybees-are-nectar-hogs-compared-wild-bees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/honeybees-are-nectar-hogs-compared-wild-bees#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 18 May 2016 15:49:00 +0000 167301 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Honeybees can be &ldquo;nectar hogs&rdquo; during almond pollination.</p> Improved resistance management techniques in weed control in almonds http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/improved-resistance-management-techniques-weed-control-almonds <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A relatively wet winter has spawned the growth of weeds in almond orchards this year, but at the same time it has helped with the effectiveness of pre-emergent herbicides driven into the soil by the falling rain.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/improved-resistance-management-techniques-weed-control-almonds" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/improved-resistance-management-techniques-weed-control-almonds#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 18 May 2016 15:09:00 +0000 167291 at http://westernfarmpress.com Understanding the three ‘crop drop’ periods in tree nuts is critical http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/understanding-three-crop-drop-periods-tree-nuts-critical <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">While the so-called “June drop” of nuts in almond orchards may be the most visible to growers, the losses then are likely to be the lowest of three periods of crop loss that regularly occur in orchards.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/understanding-three-crop-drop-periods-tree-nuts-critical" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/understanding-three-crop-drop-periods-tree-nuts-critical#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 18 May 2016 12:38:00 +0000 167281 at http://westernfarmpress.com HydroBio awarded US patent for irrigation technology http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/hydrobio-awarded-us-patent-irrigation-technology <div class="node-body article-body"><p>HydroBio, Inc. was recently awarded a U.S. patent for a targeted irrigation management system for estimating crop water use from satellite imagery and weather data.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/hydrobio-awarded-us-patent-irrigation-technology" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/irrigation/hydrobio-awarded-us-patent-irrigation-technology#comments Irrigation Wed, 18 May 2016 00:28:00 +0000 167271 at http://westernfarmpress.com California raisins still largely harvested by hand http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-raisins-still-largely-harvested-hand <div class="field-deck"> Less than 30 percent of raisin grapes picked by machines </div> <div class="node-body article-body">USDA says most California raisin growers still choose to hand-harvest their crop</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-raisins-still-largely-harvested-hand" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/grapes/california-raisins-still-largely-harvested-hand#comments Grapes Grapes Tue, 17 May 2016 23:49:00 +0000 167261 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Prior to harvesting raisins mechanically, workers must cut branches leading up to grape clusters to allow them to dry on the vine.</p> California citrus industry wants ACP rule changes http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-citrus-industry-wants-acp-rule-changes <div class="field-deck"> Public comments accepted through June 30 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California citrus industry wants new quarantine rules regarding Asian citrus psyllid</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-citrus-industry-wants-acp-rule-changes" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-citrus-industry-wants-acp-rule-changes#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Tue, 17 May 2016 20:13:00 +0000 167251 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Georgios Vidalakis, director of the Citrus Clonal Protection Program at the University of California, Riverside, listens to discussions at a citrus meeting in Tulare on proposed rule changes for <span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">Asian citrus&nbsp;</span>psyllid<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span>Huanglongbing quarantines.&nbsp;He&nbsp;says new rule proposals need to minimize the spread of HLB in the state&nbsp;without putting citrus production out of business.</p> Almond Board asks USDA for 1-cent assessment hike http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-asks-usda-1-cent-assessment-hike <div class="field-deck"> Funding said to 'kick-start' marketing efforts in advance of production increases </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Almond Board lays groundwork for industry growth.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-asks-usda-1-cent-assessment-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/almond-board-asks-usda-1-cent-assessment-hike#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 17 May 2016 00:26:00 +0000 167241 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almond Board of California President and CEO&nbsp;Richard Waycott, left, listens to almond grower Nick Gatzman of Travaille and Phippen in Manteca, Calif. explain during a recent group tour of growing operations about&nbsp;efforts undertaken to make their surface irrigation system in southern San Joaquin County more efficient.</p> Rain fails to dampen curiosity at annual almond tour http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/rain-fails-dampen-curiosity-annual-almond-tour <div class="node-body gallery-body">Almond Board of California hosts annual environmental stewardship tour of growing operations</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/rain-fails-dampen-curiosity-annual-almond-tour" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/rain-fails-dampen-curiosity-annual-almond-tour#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Mon, 16 May 2016 23:29:00 +0000 167231 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">A cool, steady rain is typically not in the forecast for the Almond Board&#39;s annual environmental stewardship tour. Still, attendance was good and promoters were all smiles, including, from left, Dave&nbsp;</span>Phippen<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">, partner with&nbsp;</span>Travaille<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span>Phippen<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">; Almond Board of California President and CEO Richard&nbsp;</span>Waycott<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">; and, Nick&nbsp;</span>Gatzman<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">, partner with&nbsp;</span>Travaille<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">&nbsp;and&nbsp;</span>Phippen<span style="font-size: 12.8px; line-height: 20px;">.</span></p> UC Course Diagnosing Herbicide Symptoms, July 8, Davis http://westernfarmpress.com/uc-course-diagnosing-herbicide-symptoms-july-8-davis <div class="node-body event-body"><p>One-day weed course at UC Davis on diagnosing herbicide symptoms</p> </div> <h3 class="location-locations-header">Location</h3> <div class="location-locations-wrapper"> <div class="location vcard"> <div class="adr"> <span class="fn">Bowley Plant Science Teaching Center</span> <div class="street-address"> One Shields Avenue </div> <span class="locality">Davis</span>, <span class="region">CA</span> <span class="postal-code">95616</span> <div class="country-name">United States</div> <span class="geo"><abbr class="latitude" title="38.537281">38° 32' 14.2116" N</abbr>, <abbr class="longitude" title="-121.750944">121° 45' 3.3984" W</abbr></span> </div> <div class="map-link"> <div class="location map-link">See map: <a href="http://maps.google.com?q=38.537281+-121.750944+%28One+Shields+Avenue%2C+Davis%2C+CA%2C+95616%2C+us%29">Google Maps</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field-desc"> <p>Weed scientists at the University of California are offering a new course, <a href="http://wric.ucdavis.edu/events/diagnosing_herbicide_symptoms_2016.htm">Diagnosing Herbicide Symptoms 2016</a>, July 8. This one-day course will focus on how an herbicide injury situation can arise, what types of information can help diagnose herbicide problems during field investigations, and what herbicide symptomology tools are available to you.</p> <p>The course provides a rare opportunity for professionals to update their understanding of herbicide symptoms and injuries and interact with experts in this field. Cooperative Extension specialists Kassim Al-Khatib and Brad Hanson along with farm advisor John Roncoroni and Napa County Agricultural Commissioner Greg Clark are the course instructors.</p> <p>This program is intended for pest control advisers, sales representatives for chemical companies, field investigators, and insurance adjusters.</p> <p>The early-bird registration fee is $350. The fee goes up after June 15 to $375 and then to $400 after July 1. The registration fee includes lunch, refreshments and course materials. UCCE Farm Advisors and current students can attend at the special rate of $200 (limited to first 4 requests.)</p> <p>The course is pending approval for DPR continuing education credits.</p> <p>More information, visit the Weed Research and Information Center website at <a href="http://wric.ucdavis.edu/">http://wric.ucdavis.edu/</a>.</p> </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/uc-course-diagnosing-herbicide-symptoms-july-8-davis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/uc-course-diagnosing-herbicide-symptoms-july-8-davis#comments 38.537281 -121.750944 Mon, 16 May 2016 15:56:00 +0000 167221 at http://westernfarmpress.com Western tree nut industry getting its ‘mojo’ back http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/western-tree-nut-industry-getting-its-mojo-back <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>As a teenager growing up in Mississippi, I took care of my grandma&rsquo;s yard every Saturday morning &ndash; mowing her hilly front, back, and side yards. I sweated profusely in the summer heat and humidity doing so &ndash; followed by a delicious home-cooked lunch fit for a king.</p> <p>Afterwards, the real prize awaited &ndash; a trek out the back door to a small pecan orchard to pick up all the pecans I could carry. Pecans in Mississippi are what almonds, pistachios, pecans, and walnuts are today to those on or near the Left Coast.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/western-tree-nut-industry-getting-its-mojo-back" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/western-tree-nut-industry-getting-its-mojo-back#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Farm Press Blog Sun, 15 May 2016 17:04:00 +0000 167211 at http://westernfarmpress.com Technology can be good but is it always relevant? http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/technology-can-be-good-it-always-relevant <div class="node-body blog-body">Good marketing is still an art, not a "shotgun approach"</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/technology-can-be-good-it-always-relevant" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/technology-can-be-good-it-always-relevant#comments Miscellaneous Marketing and Promotion Farm Press Blog Sun, 15 May 2016 00:11:00 +0000 167201 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Photo by Andrew Postell, creative commons,&nbsp;wikimedia&nbsp;</p>