Tree Nuts http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6001/more en 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 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> 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 Tree nut industry forges alliance to curb cargo thefts http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/tree-nut-industry-forges-alliance-curb-cargo-thefts <div class="field-deck"> Legislation seeks to give law enforcement tools to combat growing problem </div> <div class="node-body article-body">California tree nut industry garners political attention over recent rash of cargo thefts</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/tree-nut-industry-forges-alliance-curb-cargo-thefts" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/tree-nut-industry-forges-alliance-curb-cargo-thefts#comments Tree Nuts Nuts Tue, 10 May 2016 17:51:00 +0000 167011 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Patrick Braddock, logistics manager for Setton Farms in Terra Bella, Calif., says&nbsp;new company protocols established after having loads of processed pistachios stolen by truck drivers presented them with fictitious shipping documents&nbsp;seem to be working. California nut processors are encouraged to employ a similar set of protocols to help prevent additional thefts of the high-value loads.</p> NASS predicts 2 billion-pound California almond crop http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/nass-predicts-2-billion-pound-california-almond-crop <div class="field-deck"> Initial subjective forecast </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California almond industry might rejoin its &lsquo;2 Billion Pound Club.&rsquo;</p> <p>The National Agricultural Statistics Service&rsquo;s (NASS) initial subjective forecast for 2016 California almond production is pegged at 2.0 billion pounds; about 5.8 percent above last year&#39;s 1.89 billion pound crop.</p> <p>NASS believes almond yields this year could average 2,200 pounds per acre; a 4.7 percent increase from last year&rsquo;s 2,120 pounds per acre.</p> <p>The government agency&rsquo;s forecasted 2016 bearing acreage is 900,000.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/nass-predicts-2-billion-pound-california-almond-crop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/nass-predicts-2-billion-pound-california-almond-crop#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Tue, 10 May 2016 17:02:00 +0000 167031 at http://westernfarmpress.com Pecan growers give marketing order thumbs up http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/pecan-growers-give-marketing-order-thumbs <div class="field-deck"> 77 percent yes vote </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) says pecan growers have voted to establish a federal marketing order for pecans grown in 15 states.</p> <p>Seventy-seven percent 77 percent of the producers voting in a referendum - representing 88 percent of the volume - supported the marketing order. Voting was conducted March 9-30, 2016.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/pecan-growers-give-marketing-order-thumbs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/pecan-growers-give-marketing-order-thumbs#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Fri, 06 May 2016 19:08:00 +0000 166981 at http://westernfarmpress.com Long-term, strategic effort positions almond industry for change http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/long-term-strategic-effort-positions-almond-industry-change <div class="field-byline"> By Gabriele Ludwig, Director, Sustainability and Environmental Affairs, Almond Board of California </div> <div class="field-deck"> Exclusive to Western Farm Press </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The challenges facing California agriculture are formidable.</p> <p>The strain on agricultural resources is changing the regulatory landscape in which production agriculture operates, and the transformation of consumers&rsquo; relationship to how their food is produced requires the industry to engage in long-term thinking and planning to remain competitive, viable, and sustainable.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/long-term-strategic-effort-positions-almond-industry-change" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/long-term-strategic-effort-positions-almond-industry-change#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Walnuts Wed, 04 May 2016 20:49:00 +0000 166891 at http://westernfarmpress.com