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May/June 2024
Editor’s letter: Preserving the orchards

We are into warmer weather, a season we as humans tend to enjoy immensely. Yet, we aren’t the only creatures that enjoy the weather conditions late spring and early summer bring us. Pests and diseases can also thrive in certain conditions and as we all know, they are unwanted in orchards.


In this issue, we feature a pest and disease report, which highlights the results of a survey we conducted about the pest and disease challenges growers are most concerned with for this year’s crops.

Naval orange worm (NOW) in pistachio image



Additionally, Jhalendra P. Rijal, UCCE, sat down with me and discussed West Coast pests specifically and provided information on economics, IPM strategies and the most notable challenges that he and colleagues are seeing in orchards.

Photo courtesy of Jhalendra P. Rijal


Of course, we can’t bring up pest and disease difficulties without acknowledging technology and the important role sprayers play every year inside the groves. Technological innovations are paving the way for a variety of options and we have pulled together information on sprayers may be able to help you within your operations.

Smart Apply wordpress feature image. Photo courtesy of Smart Apply.
Photo courtesy of Smart Apply


I’m also excited to share that this edition features a hazelnut orchard called Hazelnut Hill, where the family is incredibly involved with every facet of the business — from planting to new product offerings and even to packaging. The Henderson family truly has a farm-to-table approach, so be sure to check them out.An image of a bunch of hazelnuts with shells on


I hope you enjoy this issue, and as always, we’d love to hear from you. If you have a story you wish to share, be sure to complete the online form. It’s easy, use the QR code and share your thoughts with us and you could be featured in an upcoming issue or online on our website.

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