Orchard Crops http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6041/more en Almond industry’s research commitment adds new talent to address priorities http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/almond-industry-s-research-commitment-adds-new-talent-address-priorities <div class="field-byline"> Bob Curtis, Director of Agricultural Affairs, 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) has a long-term legacy of funding third-party production research through its long-term partnerships with public research institutions, including the University of California and UC Cooperative Extension.</p> <p>Since 1973, the Board&rsquo;s production research committee has invested $20.3 million for 271 projects aimed at improving production efficiencies, including irrigation and nutrient management; orchard practices; pollination and bee health; integrated pest management; and much more.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/almond-industry-s-research-commitment-adds-new-talent-address-priorities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/almond-industry-s-research-commitment-adds-new-talent-address-priorities#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Wed, 02 Sep 2015 02:42:00 +0000 161391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p><strong>A field installation of chlorophyll fluorometers assesses the heat tolerance of almond breeding stock at the UC Davis experimental orchard.&nbsp;Research is conducted by Matthew Gilbert, UC Davis.</strong></p> HMC Farms harvests nectarines for the community http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/hmc-farms-harvests-nectarines-community <div class="node-body gallery-body">Stone fruit growers donate fresh peaches, nectarines and plums to California food banks</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/hmc-farms-harvests-nectarines-community" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/hmc-farms-harvests-nectarines-community#comments Orchard Crops Stone Fruit Mon, 31 Aug 2015 22:07:00 +0000 161311 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>HMC Farms owner Harold McClarty, left, and his son, Jon (company president) are just two of five generations of McClarty&#39;s&nbsp;growing fresh stone fruit and grapes from California&#39;s San Joaquin Valley.</p> California's vigilance in HLB fight could reap rewards http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-vigilance-hlb-fight-could-reap-rewards <div class="node-body blog-body">Troubling as it may seem, discovering HLB in California could bring us closer to finding a cure for the disease.</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/californias-vigilance-hlb-fight-could-reap-rewards" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/californias-vigilance-hlb-fight-could-reap-rewards#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Farm Press Blog Thu, 20 Aug 2015 20:41:00 +0000 161121 at http://westernfarmpress.com California raisin grape production jumps 13 percent http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-raisin-grape-production-jumps-13-percent <div class="node-body article-body"><p>The California raisin-type grape forecast for 2015 is 2.00 million tons, up 13 percent from last year&rsquo;s final production, according to the results of an objective measurement (O.M.) survey conducted in July by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).</p> <p>Bunches per vine totaled 43.4, NASS says, up 19 percent from the previous year&rsquo;s bunch count of 36.5.&nbsp;</p> <p></p> <p>Survey results estimate bearing acreage at 185,000 which pegs the yield at about 10.8 tons per acre.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-raisin-grape-production-jumps-13-percent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-raisin-grape-production-jumps-13-percent#comments Orchard Crops Grapes Wed, 12 Aug 2015 23:25:00 +0000 160891 at http://westernfarmpress.com Huge citrus losses tied to offshore pickets http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/huge-citrus-losses-tied-offshore-pickets <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee, Ag at Large Commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>This spring and early summer&rsquo;s floating picket lines outside the ports of Long Beach, Los Angeles, and Oakland, Calif. which inflicted severe damage on Central California&rsquo;s citrus, walnut, and cotton industries underscored the need for better labor relations in America.</p> <p>Hundreds(?) of tons of tasty, ripe, and perishable California oranges occupied huge sea worthy containers on board dozens of ships that bobbed and rolled in the waters offshore California&rsquo;s three major ports, going nowhere for months.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/huge-citrus-losses-tied-offshore-pickets" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/huge-citrus-losses-tied-offshore-pickets#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Cotton Walnuts Mon, 03 Aug 2015 15:42:00 +0000 160541 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Port of Los Angeles - Getty Images - David McNew.</p> Research suggests almonds may be carbon neutral http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/research-suggests-almonds-may-be-carbon-neutral <div class="node-body article-body">University of California indicates almonds may be carbon neutral</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/research-suggests-almonds-may-be-carbon-neutral" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/research-suggests-almonds-may-be-carbon-neutral#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Thu, 23 Jul 2015 18:13:00 +0000 160391 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Almonds have three components: the edible nut, the hard shell and the outer hull. All three are linked to greenhouse gas reductions, according to University of California research.</p> HLB continues to spread in suburban Los Angeles http://westernfarmpress.com/government/hlb-continues-spread-suburban-los-angeles <div class="node-body article-body">Huanglongbing spreading in California's San Gabriel Valley</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/government/hlb-continues-spread-suburban-los-angeles" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/government/hlb-continues-spread-suburban-los-angeles#comments Government Orchard Crops Crops Thu, 23 Jul 2015 00:48:00 +0000 160361 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Symptomatic yellowing of citrus leaves can be a tell-tale sign of Huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease.</p> California's San Gabriel Valley ground zero for HLB? http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/californias-san-gabriel-valley-ground-zero-hlb <div class="field-deck"> Disease discovered in two trees in same neighborhood </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Huanglongbing found in California's San Gabriel Valley</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/californias-san-gabriel-valley-ground-zero-hlb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/californias-san-gabriel-valley-ground-zero-hlb#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Tue, 21 Jul 2015 20:45:00 +0000 160251 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Southern California citrus trees have been exposed to the Asian citrus psyllid since about 2008. Officials fear that more of these trees, particularly the untreated trees in residential neighborhoods, will soon&nbsp;begin exhibiting signs of Huanglongbing as infected psyllids are now being discovered.</p> <p>A kumquat tree in the yard of a San Gabriel homeowner was removed by state officials in July after testing positive for Huanglongbing.</p> California Department of Food and Agriculture Winning battle against ACP/HLB will take effort http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/winning-battle-against-acphlb-will-take-effort <div class="node-body blog-body">Fighting California's battle against the Asian citrus psyllid and Huanglongbing will take combined effort</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/winning-battle-against-acphlb-will-take-effort" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/winning-battle-against-acphlb-will-take-effort#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Farm Press Blog Wed, 15 Jul 2015 01:35:00 +0000 160091 at http://westernfarmpress.com Second case of HLB disease confirmed in California http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/second-case-hlb-disease-confirmed-california <div class="field-deck"> Disease found in kumquat tree in L.A. suburb </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Second case of the citrus disease Huanglongbing (HLB) confirmed in California. </div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/second-case-hlb-disease-confirmed-california" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/second-case-hlb-disease-confirmed-california#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Fri, 10 Jul 2015 22:36:00 +0000 160061 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A second case of Huanglongbing disease was confirmed July 10 in California. Pictured is the first HLB-infected&nbsp; tree found in 2012 in residential citrus near Los Angeles.</p>