March/April 2024

The blight phase of Bots

The Blight Phase of Botryosphaeria diseases in nut crops of California

Diseases caused by fungi members in the family of Botryosphaeriaceae (Bot) are characterized mainly by the development of cankers. These fungi attack shoots, branches, scaffolds and trunks o... more
Walnut harvesting. Photo by Photoby Brian Baer.

2024 Tree nut outlook: An early look at what’s ahead this year

While official estimates on tree nut crops won’t be released until May at the earliest, it’s never too early to start looking at expectations. Some of the industry’s leading voices offer opinion... more
Close up image of a hazelnut growing on a tree

Hazelnut crop concerns over new strain of Eastern filbert blight

A recent interview with Nik Wiman, associate professor and orchard specialist at Oregon State University (OSU), uncovered a pressing concern for hazelnut growers: the emergence of a new stra... more
Leger & Son, a family operation of pecan growers.

Leger & Son hedges to protect pecan groves from hurricanes

Leger & Son grows pecans by conserving water, paying attention to soil health and vigorously trimming trees. Sustainable practices have allowed the third- generation Cordele, Georgia, family operation, which is also a major watermelon grower-shipper, to successfully grow pecans for nearly six decades. »
Hazelnut orchard

The surprising challenge: Why do most succession plans fail?

In our previous articles we’ve explored the importance of planning, and why every operation needs two separate succession plans. But even operations that have plans in place sometimes fail... more
Bee pollination on an almond bloom. Photo courtesy of Koppert.

Buzz pollination

Buzz pollination A look into Koppert’s services that work in conjunction with honeybees to maximize efforts. »
Almond tree in an orchard. Photo courtesy of Almond Board of California.

‘Spoon-feeding’ nitrogen to almond trees helps maximize investment, minimize inefficiencies

Nutrient application, such as nitrogen application, is undoubtedly one of the most important “make or break” economic and environmental decisions almond growers make. Not only can nitrog... more
Cropped cover image of National Nut Grower MarchApril 2024 issue

Editor’s Letter: Spring into success

In this issue, we have a variety of information, across crops and topics to provide resources for you, including information on grower Leger & Son, blight phase of Botryosphaeria diseases and more. »

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