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CROP MANAGEMENT
" There is some ongoing research to come up with better
management practices for navel orangeworm, " Vasquez said,
pointing to the Sterile Insect Program as one.
The pistachio industry relies on two main acre varieties:
Kerman, which represents about 50% and Golden Hills, a
newer variety that tends not to drop in tonnage per acre as
Kerman does.
" We're still learning about it, so we don't know in a really
low-chill year what Golden Hills will do in comparison to
Kerman, " Vasquez said.
Walnuts
Winter rains came during a time when walnut trees were
in full dormancy and provided deep soil moisture needed to
sustain the trees and crop in the coming months.
" While some orchards have experienced some localized
heavy rainfall, in general, there has been sufficient time
between storms to limit flooding and allowing for welcomed
water infiltration, which is good for the trees and recharging
of the ground water, " said Robert Verloop, CEO of the
California Walnut Board & Commission. " While the rain fall
has been slow to develop, February precipitation brings us to
normal levels. "
In early March, there were too many variables to know the
yields. However, the commission expects that it would be
around 2 tons per acre and should be a robust crop.
Walnuts being harvested.
He expects walnut growers will be very observant in the
early season to monitor pest activities and conditions that
foster the development of fungal diseases.
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March/April 2024

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2024

Editor's Letter
The blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California
Tree nut outlook for 2024
From the top
Water stress
Buzz pollination
Hazelnut crop concerns
Business
Almond Board of California
Ad Index
Events
March/April 2024 - 1
March/April 2024 - 2
March/April 2024 - 3
March/April 2024 - Editor's Letter
March/April 2024 - 5
March/April 2024 - The blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California
March/April 2024 - 7
March/April 2024 - 8
March/April 2024 - 9
March/April 2024 - Tree nut outlook for 2024
March/April 2024 - 11
March/April 2024 - 12
March/April 2024 - 13
March/April 2024 - From the top
March/April 2024 - 15
March/April 2024 - 16
March/April 2024 - 17
March/April 2024 - Water stress
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March/April 2024 - Buzz pollination
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March/April 2024 - Hazelnut crop concerns
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March/April 2024 - Business
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March/April 2024 - Almond Board of California
March/April 2024 - Events
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