Welcome to our Ag Blog. Our field scouts will offer a unique ground-level perspective from the field to you as an independent field scout with the San Joaquin Sustainable Farming Project. Our mission is to promote sustainable farming systems throughout the Central Valley and provide you with the latest information about cotton, almond and alfalfa crops. From time to time, you'll also find guest posts from our project team and other contributors. This Blog is produced by Gilbert Mohtes-Chan.
Monday, December 9, 2013
There Are 4.8 billion Reasons Why Almond Growers Should Spend Time in Firebaugh
Everyone’s familiar with the phrase “time is money.”
In ag country, time is a precious commodity with farmers who
would rather spend time outdoors than sit indoors at a meeting.
Sometimes, though, attending a meeting is worth the
investment in time. It can make a lot of dollars and cents at harvest time –
like $4.8 billion if you’re in the almond industry.
Well this week San Joaquin Valley almond growers will have
that opportunity to spend a couple hours indoors at a field day learning
valuable tips and information from some of the state’s almond experts. Whether
you’re a long-time almond grower or a newbie, you’re sure to pick up some valuable
nuggets of information about pest and disease management in the orchard.
Here’s what one grower said after attending one of these
field days:“These meetings are really
needed to help us learn to farm almonds better.”
Farm advisor David Doll, left, talks at an almond field day.
For starters, you’ll get a valuable
dose of information from the Almond Doctor, also known as David Doll of Merced
County UC Cooperative Extension. David is a highly regarded pomology farm
advisor specializing in almonds. He brings his expertise to cover practices for
pest and disease management during the dormant season. Then there is UC Integrated
Pest Management advisor Kris Tollerup, who will talk about spider mite
management and treatment decisions for the pest.
Drip irrigation for almonds will be covered.
Like we discussed last week, water
remains a very top-of-mind issue with farmers. Everyone is worrying about some
forecasters predicting another dry winter. We all know skimpy water supplies
could affect almond quality and yields and the future vitality of the orchard
For the first time, the field day
will feature a representative from California Eurodrip USA who will discuss
You can’t beat free advice from
farm experts. It should be time well spent to ensure continued success in
producing California’s top export crop.