Tree Nut Farm Press

  • July 5, 2012 Issue

    • Almond spacing: Which is best?

      Midway through a long-term field trial aimed at making the most productive use of space and sunlight in an almond orchard, it’s clear that tree vigor impacts yield in high density orchards....More
    • Ask the Expert: What can I do to protect my orchards from mite damage?

      Mite sightings in corn fields are a sure sign that they’ll be invading tree nut orchards before long. PCAs have already been finding mites in corn fields since spring, something that doesn’t usually happen until later in the season. That suggests this could be a heavy mite pressure year in other crops such as tree nuts in California....More
    • Walnut crop in Glenn County looking good

      Glenn County, Calif., walnut growers are continuing to see a good crop developing, even after a brief of June hot spell....More
    • New Mexico grower’s pecan crop shows promise

      In contrast to most New Mexico pecan growers, this is an on-year for the alternate-bearing trees in Bruce Haley’s orchards, and so far, it has been a good year....More
    • Arizona pistachio grower looking for a bigger crop

      The 2011 pistachio season wasn’t a good one for Arizona grower Steve Seplak. It was an off-year for his alternate-bearing trees, and he expected yields to decline from the previous year — just not as far as they did. They dropped to a disappointing 1,000 pounds per acre....More
  • June 22, 2012 Issue

    • Pecan growers warned of possible new menace

      Pecan growers in New Mexico and other areas of the Southwest have a new pest menace — the brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) — that has the potential to take a serious bite out of profits....More
    • Pest pressures light in almond orchards

      Off to a faster start than last year’s-weather delayed crop, Greg Markarian’s 280 acres of almond trees near Fresno, Calif., have been developing at their usual pace....More
    • West Side pistachio producer looks for another good yield

      At mid-June, the pistachio crop developing on Huntley-Moore Farms’ orchards in Fresno County was running several days later than usual, but that hadn’t diminished Steve Moore’s anticipation of a respectable nut crop at harvest in September....More
    • Lake County walnuts trees making good progress

      Making the most of dry weather and warm temperatures since early May, Lake County’s 2012 walnut crop has been making nice progress, says Rachel Elkins, Lake County University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor....More
  • June 13, 2012 Issue

  • May 24, 2012 Issue

    • Best time to assess ant threat: Now!

      Ants are always in the almond orchard — however, they aren’t as visible as they are now, advises Walt Bentley, regional IPM entomologist at the University of California Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center, Parlier....More
    • Sutter County walnuts thrive in May weather

      With good soil moisture levels following late winter and early spring rains, all that Don Norene’s walnut trees needed to prod them into serious production mode was warm, dry weather....More
    • Pistachio growers on track for a record crop

      America’s pistachio growers are on track to their biggest crop ever this year. Fortunately, demand continues to grow and the industry should be able to sell most, if not all, of the crop, says Richard Matoian, executive director of American Pistachio Growers....More
    • Hail hits New Mexico pecan orchards

      The tiny pecan nuts in Buddy Achen’s orchards near Las Cruces, N.M., were developing normally at early season, and the trees were in good shape....More
  • May 11, 2012 Issue

  • April 23, 2012 Issue

    • Pollinators offer early-season performance

      Ben Wilson, Kern County, Calif. almond grower, is beginning to get an idea of how this year’s crop is shaping up....More
    • California pecan grower upbeat about outlook

      Glenn County, Calif., pecan grower Keith Larrabee likes what he’s seeing in his orchards near Butte City, Calif. “The trees look very healthy,” he says. “Because of the rain and cold weather, things have been moving slowly, but flowers on some early trees and catkins on others are starting to push.”...More
    • Central Valley pistachio orchards flowering

      The pistachio orchards of S&J Ranch in Madera County started blooming the first week of April, about the normal time, says Kevin Olsen, vice president of S&J Ranch, a farm management company that also produces citrus and other permanent crops in the San Joaquin Valley....More
    • Serrs start San Joaquin County walnut bloom

      Walnut bloom for San Joaquin County grower Chris Locke started with Serrs, Vinas, Hartleys, Howards, and Tulares, and will be followed by Chandlers, the last to bloom in late April....More
  • April 9, 2012 Issue

  • March 13, 2012 Issue

    • New Mexico grower-buyer offers insight into pecan market

      New Mexico pecan growers are glad they’ve harvested the last of their 2011 crop, hampered by snow and rain in December and January — but they are not so happy over the drop in prices that has occurred since late last summer....More
    • Researchers close in on reducing NOW numbers in pistachios

      The navel orangeworm caused relatively little damage to the Kern County pistachio crop in 2011, says Brad Higbee, research entomologist with Paramount Farming Company in Bakersfield, Calif. — but low damage levels last year don’t necessarily mean NOW numbers were down....More
    • San Joaquin County walnut growers prepped for a new season

      San Joaquin County walnut trees received plenty of chilling hours this winter, and as a result this month trees were advancing faster than normal, sayss Joe Grant, University of California Cooperative Extension Farm Advisor for the county....More
    • Merced County almond bloom starts on time

      Almonds in Merced County began blooming mid-February, with Nonpareil and pollinators such as Aldrich, Carmel and Monterey starting things off. By the end of the month Butte and Padre were also flowering....More
  • February 22, 2012 Issue

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