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CROP MANAGEMENT
Growers consider
themselves stewards
of the environment
BY KEITH LORIA
CONTRIBUTING WRITER
nnovation continues to thrive in the agriculture
industry, and that's been great news for tree nut
growers who are taking advantage of new tools,
technology and tips to help with crop management, yield
and the overall environment.
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Many of these innovations are aimed at sustainability,
which is a major focus for tree nut growers.
Pollinator habitat
Josette Lewis, chief scientific officer of the Almond
Board of California (ABC), has seen many growers this
past year respond to the opportunity to add pollinator
habitat in and around their orchards.
This includes early bloomers for pollinators, such as
honeybees in the orchard or native pollinators, and habitats
outside the orchard, such as hedgerows or floral strips.
ABC now has 170 acres of orchards registered as beefriendly
farms, which requires a variety of different
practices, Lewis said. " Growers are naturally attuned to
the importance of pollinators and see the market value
of adding habitat and being able to tell a really powerful
story about their commitment to biodiversity, " she said.
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Soil health
The American Pistachio Growers (APG) recently
received a $5 million Healthy Soils Program Block Grant
from the California Department of Food and Agriculture
to help growers implement sustainable practices that
align with healthy soils.
" Right now, we're seeing a lot of on-farm practices.
They are expensive to implement, but it's what most want
to try, and these grants really help the growers with that, "
said Wes Wilson, APG's director of member services and
communications. " Things that help with compost, cover
cropping and alternative carbon amendments. "
For example, seaweed applications and microalgae
applications are being used to help boost organic matter
in the soil.
" People are really working to reduce tillage and overall
reduce the number of passes in the field or orchard,
which cuts down on emissions and helps with water
infiltration, " Wilson said.
A big focus of growers when it comes to sustainability
concerns irrigation and new technology, including adding
more efficient pumps, soil moisture probes and utilizing

January/February 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of January/February 2024

Editor's Letter
Precision pollination
Sustainable innovations
Pest Management
Data and novel technologies
A trusted name
Business
Company Spotlights
Industry Events
Ad Index
January/February 2024 - 1
January/February 2024 - 2
January/February 2024 - 3
January/February 2024 - Editor's Letter
January/February 2024 - 5
January/February 2024 - Precision pollination
January/February 2024 - 7
January/February 2024 - 8
January/February 2024 - 9
January/February 2024 - Sustainable innovations
January/February 2024 - 11
January/February 2024 - Pest Management
January/February 2024 - 13
January/February 2024 - Data and novel technologies
January/February 2024 - 15
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January/February 2024 - A trusted name
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January/February 2024 - Business
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January/February 2024 - Company Spotlights
January/February 2024 - Industry Events
January/February 2024 - Ad Index
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