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.
Sunday, December 3, 2017
SJ Valley Almond Growers Checking To-Do List Twice
holidays are fast approaching and everyone knows ol’ St. Nick is making his
list and checking it twice.
too are Valley almond growers. They’re also are making their list and checking
it twice to ensure all the late fall and early winter chores on the to-do list are
completed as almonds head into the dormant season.
is a good time to get your work done in the orchards before the winter rains
arrive and the ground gets too muddy,” says field scout Jenna Mayfield.
“Growers also should follow best management practices to prepare their orchards
for next season.”
offers her own list of chores:
·* Survey the trees to make sure there are
no more than two mummy nuts per tree by February 1. Jenna points out University
of California researchers have found ignoring winter mummy nut sanitation leads
to higher populations of overwintering navel orangeworm and greater kernel
damage at harvest time.
drip irrigation lines and sprinkler heads and make the necessary repairs. Growers don’t want to wait until they start irrigating next
season and discover their drip lines are damaged.
Now is the time to repair drip systems.
Fix the potholes on access roads.
Growers can scrap the dirt and level to smooth the roadway.
* Remove loose or broken bark caused by
shakers. These nooks could become winter havens for pests.
Survey the orchard floor for weeds and
identify those that were not controlled by a fall preemergent treatment. Record
the findings. UC Integrated Pest Management says growers should consider
applying a post-emergent treatment in January.
are other chores identified by UC IPM:
* Take a dormant spur sample for scale
and mite eggs from now until mid-January. Make sure to record the findings. Treat
Check trees for hiding places for peach
twig borer. If treatment is needed, use a more environmentally friendly
material or put off treatment until bloom.
Monitor for rust in orchards with
almond varieties that keep their leaves. Treatment would come in the spring.
Growers have a long to-do list for winter chores.
Watch for gophers and mound-building
following these practices, Jenna says, growers will enhance their pest control
activities while avoiding environmental problems related to pesticide use. It’s
time to get to work because there’s only 17 working days before winter.