“We can’t control the weather, but thankfully there is an increasing number of tools at growers’ disposal to make strategic irrigation decisions and mitigate risks associated with certain conditions, not just weather, but also soil conditions,” said Matt Comrey, technical nutrition agronomist, Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness.
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Gilbert, Arizona-based HeliaeAgriculture is releasing new crop trial data on National Almond Day that demonstrates when almond growers adjust their practices to improve soil health, they increase their bottom line.
After bumper yields lifted almond growers’ hearts and spirits in 2020, it’s still too early to say how 2021 will turn out. First indications will come with February’s bloom, but it’s still not too late for some nutrition planning to maintain yield potential should 2021 deliver another season of almond-friendly conditions, said agronomist Francisco Rivera, of OMEX® Agrifluids.
Connie Conway, Director of the USDA Farm Service Agency in California, has been honored as the Almond Alliance of California’s 2020 Almond Champion of the Year for the agency’s outstanding efforts in assisting almond growers with the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program.
The National Institute for Food and Agriculture, or NIFA, has awarded Amélie Gaudin, associate professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of California, Davis, an Agricultural Systems Research grant totaling $500,000.