Orchard Crops http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6041/more en Ag at Large: Noisy cannons discourage hail damage in fruit http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-noisy-cannons-discourage-hail-damage-fruit <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee: Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Although the use is centuries old, noisy hail cannons have been employed only recently by several Central California fruit growers as a possible defense against early spring hail storms. Neighbors hope quieter weapons can be found.</p> <p>Aimed upward to intersect the clouds of an approaching hail storm, these huge metal tubes emit thunderous blasts of compressed air which manufacturers claim reduce hail stones to a frosty slush.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-noisy-cannons-discourage-hail-damage-fruit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/ag-large-noisy-cannons-discourage-hail-damage-fruit#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Grapes Pecans Pistachios Protection Walnuts Hail Wed, 27 Apr 2016 22:54:00 +0000 166581 at http://westernfarmpress.com Popularity of almonds reflected in federal acreage report http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/popularity-almonds-reflected-federal-acreage-report <div class="field-deck"> Increase in acreage reflected in world demand for the nut crop </div> <div class="node-body article-body">As almond acreage in California surpasses one million, world demand keeps pace.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/popularity-almonds-reflected-federal-acreage-report" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/popularity-almonds-reflected-federal-acreage-report#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Wed, 27 Apr 2016 21:34:00 +0000 166801 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Kern County is the largest almond-producing region in California with more than 147,000 acres planted. Growers in the county produce nearly 21 percent of the state&#39;s almond crop.</p> Storm damage spotty in south San Joaquin Valley http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/storm-damage-spotty-south-san-joaquin-valley <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Severe thunderstorms brought heavy rain, strong winds and damaging hail to parts of California&rsquo;s San Joaquin Valley April 24.</p> <p>Cindy Bean, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Hanford, Calif., said her office received reports of hail up to 1.25 inches in diameter in the Tulare area. There were no reports of weather damage from the storm.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/storm-damage-spotty-south-san-joaquin-valley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/storm-damage-spotty-south-san-joaquin-valley#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Nuts Tue, 26 Apr 2016 20:19:00 +0000 166741 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Wasco almond grower Jenny Holtermann&nbsp;says about 300 almond trees were blown over in two separate storms in April in the orchard she farms with her husband, Tim. The most recent storm will lead them to remove the orchard after harvest this year and replant in the same location.</p> <p>Holtermann says yield still looks good in the rest of the orchard.</p> California food banks receive record donations in 2015 http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015 <div class="node-body blog-body">Last year the California Association of Food Banks’ (CAFB) Farm to Family program received a record 150 million pounds of donated produce from the state’s farmers and packers. That’s 75,000 tons of food that otherwise would have gone to waste because markets did not want it.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/farm-press-blog">Farm Press Blog</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/california-food-banks-receive-record-donations-2015#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Wed, 20 Apr 2016 20:27:00 +0000 166651 at http://westernfarmpress.com California olive oils lauded in state competition http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-olive-oils-lauded-state-competition <div class="node-body article-body">California olive oils praised in state competition</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-olive-oils-lauded-state-competition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-olive-oils-lauded-state-competition#comments Orchard Crops Fruits Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:58:00 +0000 166371 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>California olive growers produce amount of extra virgin oil in 2015.</p> BASF submits regulatory dossier for insecticide active ingredient Inscalis http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/basf-submits-regulatory-dossier-insecticide-active-ingredient-inscalis <div class="node-body article-body"><p>BASF has announced its regulatory dossier submission for a new insecticide active ingredient, Inscalis.</p> <p>Inscalis is a pioneer solution from a novel chemical class &ndash; pyropenes - which offers an alternative mode of action for the control of key insect pests, and provides an essential tool to farmers for use in resistance and integrated pest management programs.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/basf-submits-regulatory-dossier-insecticide-active-ingredient-inscalis" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/basf-submits-regulatory-dossier-insecticide-active-ingredient-inscalis#comments Orchard Crops Fruits Insecticides Vegetables Fri, 08 Apr 2016 18:27:00 +0000 166361 at http://westernfarmpress.com Springtime in California's San Joaquin Valley http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/springtime-californias-san-joaquin-valley <div class="node-body gallery-body">Springtime photos in the San Joaquin Valley</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/springtime-californias-san-joaquin-valley" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/miscellaneous/springtime-californias-san-joaquin-valley#comments Miscellaneous Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Mon, 04 Apr 2016 21:29:00 +0000 166111 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Perhaps better days has been seen at this location, which did not seem to have any &quot;farm fresh&quot; products available for sale.</p> NASS Certified Organic Survey is underway http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/nass-certified-organic-survey-underway <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The 2015 Certified Organic Survey (COS) is underway and the U.S. Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is reminding California farmers and ranchers that it&rsquo;s not too late to respond.</p> <p>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.</p> <p>Some farmers may also be selected for in-person interviews to assist with data collection efforts.</p> <p>The survey is voluntary.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/nass-certified-organic-survey-underway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/nass-certified-organic-survey-underway#comments Orchard Crops Fruits Organic Farming Vegetables Mon, 21 Mar 2016 21:20:00 +0000 165911 at http://westernfarmpress.com $800,000 in specialty crop grants available in Arizona http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/800000-specialty-crop-grants-available-arizona <div class="node-body article-body"><p>More than $800,000 is available to help educate, promote, and research specialty crops in Arizona.</p> <p>Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and nursery crops. The Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) uses money from the federal Specialty Crop Block grants to improve Arizona&rsquo;s industry.</p> <p>&ldquo;We have a rich combination of farmers and producers in our state, and many people don&rsquo;t realize it,&rdquo; said Mark Killian, ADA director.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/800000-specialty-crop-grants-available-arizona" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/800000-specialty-crop-grants-available-arizona#comments Orchard Crops Vegetables Mon, 21 Mar 2016 16:54:00 +0000 165891 at http://westernfarmpress.com Honeybee fatalities reported at close of almond bloom http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/honeybee-fatalities-reported-close-almond-bloom <div class="field-deck"> Beekeepers urged to contact county agriculture offices to report deaths </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Honeybee fatalities reported at close of California almond bloom</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/honeybee-fatalities-reported-close-almond-bloom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/tree-nuts/honeybee-fatalities-reported-close-almond-bloom#comments Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Almonds Fri, 18 Mar 2016 18:56:00 +0000 165861 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The California State Beekeepers Association is looking for beekeepers who lost significant numbers of bees this year in the almond bloom. Those with losses are urged to contact the county agricultural department where the losses took place.</p>