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July/August 2023
Time flies
By Debbie Eisele

As I sit down to write this note in early June, I realize just how many events have transpired in a couple of months. From labor shortages to regulations and even finances, there is a lot to navigate. Turn to page 20 to read more from Mike Marsh, president and CEO of the National Council of Agricultural Employers.

The orchards in California are quickly approaching the transition from growing to harvesting, and growers are keeping a close eye on the impacts of the late winter storms on crop yields.

In the South, pecan growers are on the lookout for specific pests and diseases and Lenny Wells, professor of horticulture and Extension specialist for pecans at the University of Georgia, shared his thoughts with me. Turn to page 16 to read more on what Wells shared.

I was also fortunate to speak with Joe Grant, research director at California Walnut Board & Commission, who also shared his thoughts on how walnut growers can help protect crops this year. Turn to page 18 to read his advice and insights.

At Terranova Ranch — a San Joaquin Valley operation of 9,000 acres — sustainability and concern for the environment fuel efficient growth of almonds, pistachios and walnuts. Learn more about its efforts on page 6.

Dedication to its employees helps Henderson Farms, a northern California almond grower, huller and sheller, overcome numerous trials. See page 12.

Also, turn to page 8 to learn more about how Seeds for Bees is helping with its cover crop program designed to create of a nutrient rich environment for pollinators.

Until next issue,

Debbie

Debbie Eisele is the editorial director for the Specialty Ag Division at Great American Media Services. Publications: Fruit Growers News, Vegetable Growers News, Organic Grower, National Nut Grower, Spudman, Produce Processing, Greenhouse Product News, Big Grower, Hemp Production News, Cannabis Product News


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