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Report: Almond crop quality spurs seller withdrawals

Sellers withdrew offers for new crop supplies from the market this week over concerns for the quality of the 2023 crop, according to an Aug. 31 report from Mintec Ltd. “Early indications as the f... more »

Hurricane, humidity, pests affecting California almond crop

California almond growers are dealing with the aftereffects of a hurricane during their harvest. In Blue Diamond’s Crop Progress Report for Aug. 28, Mel Machado, vice president of member relation... more »

Aphids discourage pollinators from tropical milkweed

Though aphids are the bane of many home gardeners’ existence, a new study University of Florida (UF) study shows the tiny pests also pose problems for the iconic monarch butterfly. Insect pollina... more »

Blue Diamond Almonds Market Report – August 15, 2023

In the Blue Diamond Almonds Market Report – Aug. 15, 2023, Laura Gerhard, vice president for Blue Diamond Almonds, shared that “shipments for the month of July exceeded industry expectations at 18... more »

Growers react to India’s plan to remove retaliatory tariffs on almonds, walnuts

India’s agreement to remove retaliatory tariffs on some U.S. farm products is seen as a positive development, but with some trade impacts remaining, farmers and agricultural exporters say it may tak... more »

Diesel ending worries California compost dealers

Daniel Pacheco, owner-operator of Lucky Diamond Trucking in Sonoma County, recently picked up a 24-ton order from Cold Creek Compost in Ukiah and hauled it two hours through Mendocino, Lake and Yolo c... more »

California State Board of Food and Agriculture discusses statewide climate plan

The California State Board of Food and Agriculture will discuss opportunities for collaboration and action related to the recently released statewide plan, Ag Vision for the Next Decade. The meeting w... more »
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Reports indicate almond acreage drops despite more bearing acres

Bearing acres up in 2023 but there have been fewer new plantings and more orchard removals. more »

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