Crop Production

Honeybees survive longer with four compounds found in flowers

Improving the abundance and diversity of bee gut bacteria, these nutritional compounds found in flowers give bees a longer lifespan. more »

Amygdalin in almond nectar cuts viruses, gut parasites in honeybees

Healthy bees mean better pollination and better crops, and a natural chemical compound in almond nectar and pollen reduces the level of disease in bees, while increasing beneficial gut bacteria. more »

Potential shown for bee-impersonating flies to help pollination

Bees are still the most common pollinators, but a large number of other pollinators include the bee-mimicking syrphid flies, other insects and spiders. more »

San Diego County providing free COVID-19 vaccines to H-2A workers

The Johnson and Johnson vaccine will be available to farmworkers crossing into California from Tijuana, Mexico, and other vaccine brands by request depending on availability. more »

California initiative led by Western Growers, state ag secretary, eyes workforce

Agtech is here to stay, and California knows that the agriculture labor workforce depends on those who know how to use it. more »

Hazelnut stewardship initiative highlights Oregon’s sustainable practices

Ranked third in the world for production, Oregon's hazelnut industry hopes to step out strong with the Oregon Hazelnut Sustainability Program. more »

Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board order disputed

The California Farm Bureau, seven county farm bureaus and five other ag organizations are petitioning Ag Order 4.0 – a program limiting nitrogen-fertilizer inputs and regulating runoff. more »
Close-up of ripening almond in almond tree branch

How almond yields respond to increased water applications

Even though nearly every crop has a positive yield response to more water, staying shy of and almond orchard's full crop ET yields better results – an important discovery in places with high water costs. more »

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