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where the future trees would be planted. It was then
covered with a large, transparent plastic tarp to promote
soil heating and had a drip line beneath it to create an
anaerobic environment, thus activating the pile.
This process is similar to solarization in that it involves
solar heat, but biosolarization includes microbial activity
that can ferment the sugars in almond hulls to produce
acetic acid and other biopesticidal chemical compounds,
said Rory, which is effective against pathogenic nematodes
and other pathogens. It reaches targeted pests without
destroying beneficial activity.
" Not only that, but it adds 1.25% organic matter to the
ground, " said Rory. " One percent of organic matter is
incredible, so to go above that - it's never been done
before in California at that scale. "
While there are increased levels of nutrients in the soil,
treated trees were still outpaced in growth by the controls
for the first two years. In year three, however, the trees
experienced accelerated growth, the data started to move
in the opposite direction, and the treated rows quickly
caught up and outpaced the controls.
Research is ongoing as yields are being quantified on
treated and control rows, using satellite and airplane imagery,
boots on the ground, and a university research team.
This has been a five-year project and is still under
Cover crop
seed from
Project Apis m.
Photo: Matt Hannon
research. The farm had treated rows and control rows,
and " I wish we had done the whole orchard, " said Rory,
" it was that good. "
WOR
NicNut is also a recipient of a California Department
of Food and Agriculture grant for whole orchard
recycling (WOR), and has used it to remove over 50
acres of almonds that suffered due to oak root fungus,
The Almond Conference has been held every year since 1973, making this the 50 consecutive
year. The event now attracts more than 250 exhibitors and covers the latest advancements in
growing, producing and supplying high-quality, great-tasting, and healthy almonds!
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This year's agenda will be packed with content focused on helping
growers improve ROI, including but not limited to:
Tuesday:
Water
Supply
Pollination
Make plans now to join your fellow almond industry members at The Almond Conference on
December 6-8 at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in downtown Sacramento.
Register now at Almonds.com/Conference
Wednesday:
Irrigation
Fertigation
Thursday:
Rootstocks
Pest Management
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