Tree Nuts http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6001/more en ABC: Almond industry continues FSMA preparation http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/abc-almond-industry-continues-fsma-preparation <div class="field-byline"> Tim Birmingham, Director of Quality Assurance and Industry Services, Almond Board of California </div> <div class="field-deck"> Exclusive to Western Farm Press </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The Almond Board of California (ABC) held its 18<sup>th</sup> annual Food Quality and Safety Symposium in Modesto recently with a keen focus on providing almond industry members with information and resources to help them comply with upcoming rules in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).</p> <p>For handlers with more than 500 employees and subject to the Preventive Controls rule, the compliance period begins this September, while other operations have up to three years before compliance is mandatory.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/abc-almond-industry-continues-fsma-preparation" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/abc-almond-industry-continues-fsma-preparation#comments Tree Nuts Crops Almonds Grapes Pistachios Walnuts Thu, 21 Jul 2016 15:32:00 +0000 168701 at http://westernfarmpress.com Timely codling moth, NOW identification and management crucial in walnut http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/timely-codling-moth-now-identification-and-management-crucial-walnut <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Know your enemy. It takes on added importance when the pests at hand are the codling moth or Navel orangeworm (NOW). Both can render walnuts unmarketable. </div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/timely-codling-moth-now-identification-and-management-crucial-walnut" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/timely-codling-moth-now-identification-and-management-crucial-walnut#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:36:00 +0000 168671 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Navel orangeworm (in photo) has high reproductive capacity but low survival,&rdquo; says Charles Burks of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service at Parlier, Calif. &ldquo;Survival is probably under 10 percent under most field circumstances.&rdquo;</p> Increasing potassium above 1.4 percent may not increase almond yield http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/increasing-potassium-above-14-percent-may-not-increase-almond-yield <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Since potassium comes in many forms, it’s important to know how many pounds to apply to meet the kernel need of almonds.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/increasing-potassium-above-14-percent-may-not-increase-almond-yield" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/increasing-potassium-above-14-percent-may-not-increase-almond-yield#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 20 Jul 2016 15:27:00 +0000 168661 at http://westernfarmpress.com Orchard management in first five years essential to productivity, longevity http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/orchard-management-first-five-years-essential-productivity-longevity <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As nut acreage continues to grow in California and as growers switch out of other crops into nuts, it’s nice to have a primer on going about that.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/orchard-management-first-five-years-essential-productivity-longevity" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/orchard-management-first-five-years-essential-productivity-longevity#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 20 Jul 2016 14:58:00 +0000 168651 at http://westernfarmpress.com Public comments sought on proposed almond fee hike http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/public-comments-sought-proposed-almond-fee-hike <div class="field-deck"> Aug. 2 public comment deadline </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Public comments accepted on proposed almond assessment hike through Aug. 2</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/public-comments-sought-proposed-almond-fee-hike" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/public-comments-sought-proposed-almond-fee-hike#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Tue, 19 Jul 2016 00:51:00 +0000 168601 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The Almond Board of California has asked the USDA to increase the assessment charged to almond handlers in order to boost funding for marketing efforts over the next three years.</p> Reducing almond harvest dust benefits growers, public http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/reducing-almond-harvest-dust-benefits-growers-public <div class="field-byline"> Dennis Pollock, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Robert Willmott, orchard technician at California State University, Fresno, understands all too well what happens when he and his student staff send clouds of dust into the sky over an almond orchard during harvest.</p> <p>Drivers on the busy Freeway 168 that borders one side of the orchard aren&rsquo;t happy about the dust. Nor are those who live in houses on the other three sides, or the joggers and bicyclists on nearby paths.</p> <p>But in California almond orchards, dust happens.</p></div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/reducing-almond-harvest-dust-benefits-growers-public" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/reducing-almond-harvest-dust-benefits-growers-public#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Sat, 16 Jul 2016 22:28:00 +0000 168561 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>Alfredo Padilla, a&nbsp;senior plant science major&nbsp;at Fresno State, drives a sweeper through an almond orchard in Fresno.</strong></p> Careful management promotes healthy honeybees http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/careful-management-promotes-healthy-honeybees <div class="field-deck"> Ray Olivarez keeps annual bee losses lower than national averages </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Ray Olivarez maintains low honeybee losses through variety of purposeful practices</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/careful-management-promotes-healthy-honeybees" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/careful-management-promotes-healthy-honeybees#comments Tree Nuts Plant and Animal Health Almonds Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:46:00 +0000 168451 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Ray Olivarez&nbsp;produces queen honeybees from his ranch in northern California and the Big Island of Hawaii. Through purposeful practices, he is able to keep his colony losses at or below 10 percent.</p> Specialists suggest matching almond rootstock to soil http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/specialists-suggest-matching-almond-rootstock-soil <div class="field-deck"> Know the limitations of your soil before selecting trees; bigger isn't always better </div> <div class="node-body article-body">When picking almond rootstocks, learn the limitations of your planting site then select rootstocks that best fit those conditions.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/specialists-suggest-matching-almond-rootstock-soil" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/specialists-suggest-matching-almond-rootstock-soil#comments Tree Nuts Fri, 08 Jul 2016 11:27:00 +0000 168361 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>UCCE Farm Advisor Katherine Pope says no single rootstock for almonds provides a one-size-fits-all approach. Growers should consider soil and climate conditions when selecting rootstock for a new almond orchard.</p> 2.05 billion pound almond crop could set record http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/205-billion-pound-almond-crop-could-set-record <div class="node-body article-body">Almond growers could shake record crop from highest-ever acreage figures.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/205-billion-pound-almond-crop-could-set-record" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/205-billion-pound-almond-crop-could-set-record#comments Tree Nuts Almonds Wed, 06 Jul 2016 20:32:00 +0000 168421 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almond yields could be a record-high, according to the latest estimate by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.</p> Larger Nonpareil almond crop this year for Madera County grower http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/larger-nonpareil-almond-crop-year-madera-county-grower <div class="field-byline"> Greg Northcutt, Contributing Writer </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Eyeing his almond orchards in early July, Madera County grower Dave Hansen liked what he saw.</div> <p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/larger-nonpareil-almond-crop-year-madera-county-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/larger-nonpareil-almond-crop-year-madera-county-grower#comments Tree Nuts Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:42:00 +0000 168391 at http://westernfarmpress.com