Orchard Crops http://westernfarmpress.com/taxonomy/term/6041/more en Drought takes toll on 2015 California almond crop http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/drought-takes-toll-2015-california-almond-crop <div class="node-body article-body"><p>2015 California almond production is forecast at 1.80 billion meat pounds, down 3 percent from May&#39;s subjective forecast and 4 percent below last year.</p> <p>The objective crop estimate, based on a National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC), is based on 890,000 bearing acres.</p> <p>Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 670,000 million meat pounds, down 6 percent from last year&rsquo;s deliveries. The Nonpareil estimate is 37 percent of the total California almond crop.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/drought-takes-toll-2015-california-almond-crop" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/drought-takes-toll-2015-california-almond-crop#comments Orchard Crops Drought Almonds Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:31:00 +0000 159831 at http://westernfarmpress.com Arizona citrus industry huddles on ACP-HLB issue http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/arizona-citrus-industry-huddles-acp-hlb-issue <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>Learning the latest information about the citrus industry&#39;s worst top pest-disease combo - the Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing&nbsp;(HLB) - drew a packed house for the 2015 Citrus and Date Palm Seminar&nbsp;held at the Yuma Agricultural Center and sponsored by the University of Arizona (UA).</p> <p>Speakers shared the latest information about the&nbsp;ACP and HLB in Florida - the first U.S. state of get the disease now a decade ago, plus information of the pest or disease status in the West in California and Arizona&nbsp;&nbsp;</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/arizona-citrus-industry-huddles-acp-hlb-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/arizona-citrus-industry-huddles-acp-hlb-issue#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Mon, 22 Jun 2015 17:44:00 +0000 159571 at http://westernfarmpress.com HLB disease no longer death warrant for citrus industry http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/hlb-disease-no-longer-death-warrant-citrus-industry <div class="node-body blog-body"><p>The disease Huanglongbing (HLB) might as well be a four-letter word for the citrus industry. Uncontrolled, this tree-killing menace could one day eliminate the future availability of your favorite juice or peelable fruit unless solutions are found soon.</p> <p>This challenge for the citrus industry could perhaps justify the ostrich approach - burying one&rsquo;s head in the sand - or just walking away. Yet most growers are fighters with a deep passion for agriculture and perseverance as they try to survive the toughest challenges.</p></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/hlb-disease-no-longer-death-warrant-citrus-industry" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/blog/hlb-disease-no-longer-death-warrant-citrus-industry#comments Orchard Crops Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Oranges Farm Press Blog Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:46:00 +0000 159511 at http://westernfarmpress.com Citrus: State status update on ACP, HLB disease http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/citrus-state-status-update-acp-hlb-disease <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Citrus-producing states continue to circle the wagons to ward off the evil Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) and Huanglongbing (HLB) disease intruders. The following is a roundup (status report) of pest and disease information in Florida, California, Arizona, and Texas.</p> <p>These assessments are from University of Arizona Tree Crop Specialist Glenn Wright based on his notes from the 4<sup>th</sup> International Conference on Huanglongbing he attended, along with information from Brian McGrew, the Arizona Department of Agriculture&rsquo;s (ADA) quarantine program coordinator.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/citrus-state-status-update-acp-hlb-disease" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/citrus-state-status-update-acp-hlb-disease#comments Orchard Crops Conditions and Diseases Foliar insects Oranges Fri, 19 Jun 2015 22:15:00 +0000 159521 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>USDA-ARS&rsquo; Jesus Gonzalez vacuums a citrus tree to collect ACP samples for population monitoring studies.</p> US citrus industry can beat odds to win ACP-HLB war http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/us-citrus-industry-can-beat-odds-win-acp-hlb-war <div class="node-body article-body">Among the potential Huanglongbing cures Wright is advanced research into transgenic citrus trees created through genetic engineering or GMOs.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/us-citrus-industry-can-beat-odds-win-acp-hlb-war" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/us-citrus-industry-can-beat-odds-win-acp-hlb-war#comments Orchard Crops Foliar insects Oranges Fri, 19 Jun 2015 17:53:00 +0000 159481 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Attendees at&nbsp;the University of Arizona&rsquo;s Citrus and Date Palm Seminar&nbsp;include&nbsp;from left: Arizonans John Loughry, Yuma Pest Control District;&nbsp;Chris Sumner, Yuma County Pest Abatement District; and Brian McGrew (speaker), Arizona Department of Agriculture.</p> Apricot yield a little light, says California grower http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/apricot-yield-little-light-says-california-grower <div class="node-body gallery-body">2015 California apricot harvest is light but quality and size remain good</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/apricot-yield-little-light-says-california-grower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/apricot-yield-little-light-says-california-grower#comments Orchard Crops Stone Fruit Mon, 15 Jun 2015 20:09:00 +0000 159411 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Hand crews are used to harvest apricots from orchards in Central California.</p> ACP confirmed in Central Coast commercial citrus grove http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/acp-confirmed-central-coast-commercial-citrus-grove <div class="field-deck"> First ACP find in California commercial citrus </div> <div class="node-body article-body">First-ever find of Asian citrus psyllid confirmed in commercial citrus grove in San Luis Obispo County</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/acp-confirmed-central-coast-commercial-citrus-grove" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/acp-confirmed-central-coast-commercial-citrus-grove#comments Orchard Crops Citrus Fri, 12 Jun 2015 18:07:00 +0000 159321 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>A single adult ACP was found on a trap in a commercial citrus grove in San Luis Obispo County in early June. This is the first-ever find for a psyllid in a commercial setting in the county.</p> Register now for the 2015 Almond Conference http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/register-now-2015-almond-conference <div class="node-body article-body">Registration opens for 2015 Almond Conference in Sacramento, Calif.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/register-now-2015-almond-conference" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/register-now-2015-almond-conference#comments Orchard Crops Almonds Fri, 05 Jun 2015 16:37:00 +0000 159211 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>The annual Almond Conference draws about 3,000 industry representatives and growers to Sacramento each December.</p> California plums coming in a few days early http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-plums-coming-few-days-early <div class="node-body gallery-body">California plums are making their way from trees to a market near you</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-plums-coming-few-days-early" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/california-plums-coming-few-days-early#comments Orchard Crops Stone Fruit Thu, 04 Jun 2015 21:50:00 +0000 159191 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Harvesting plums requires hand labor crews to pick fruit from trees based on ripeness and color.</p> 2015 California dried plum crop 4 percent lower? http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-california-dried-plum-crop-4-percent-lower <div class="node-body article-body">California projects lower dried plum harvest on acreage equal to last year</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"></div><p><a href="http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-california-dried-plum-crop-4-percent-lower" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/2015-california-dried-plum-crop-4-percent-lower#comments Orchard Crops Stone Fruit Wed, 03 Jun 2015 21:14:00 +0000 159171 at http://westernfarmpress.com <p>Fewer dried plums could be harvested this year in California on acreage that mirrors production from last year.</p> USDA photo