Editor’s Letter: Resilience in highly stressful year
This year has brought significant challenges to tree nut growers — wild weather impacts in California at the start of the year and hurricane damage in the south — just to name a few. Through it all, tree nut growers have continued to show strength, determination and the ability to adjust to meet all the challenges. Despite the stressful year, growers all over have reason to celebrate the end of the season and can now plan and reflect on the upcoming year.
Read about the difficulties almond orchards experienced this year, including cold weather and NOW.
National Nut Grower was fortunate to catch up with an almond and walnut grower to feature in this issue. Read all about John Post’s journey as a grower and owner of Agricultural Advisors, Inc.
For more information on the challenges around MRLs in the European Union and the tougher standards for almonds and confusion for almond handlers and growers.
EFFECTIVE DORMANT STRATEGIES AND IRRIGATION TECHNOLOGY
Lastly, we explore a pest prevalent in large parts of the country, but fortunately has not yet caused havoc in California — lanternflies. Trees of Heaven are a host plant for this agricultural pest and lanternflies may become an issue in the future on the West Coast. Virginia Tech is exploring a new and amazing way combat lanternflies, so read all about it.
Since this is the last issue of the year, I’d like to wish you all a very best end to 2023 and a very successful, healthy 2024.