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Field day offers tips for almond growers

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webmaster | 04/08/14

San Joaquin Valley almond growers can learn tips about dealing with this year’s drought, preserving honey bee health and managing orchard pests and diseases during an April 17 field day in Fresno.

The free event will be from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Rushing Ranch, 11599 West Shaw Ave.

Walt Bentley, University of California emeritus almond specialist, will cover in-season monitoring pest pressures and preserving beneficial populations. UC Cooperative Extension pomologist and almond specialist David Doll of Merced County will present insights about spring and summer disease management during this season’s drought. UCCE Fresno County farm advisor Gurreet Brarwill cover irrigation management in a drought year to minimize pest outbreaks and flare-ups in the state’s second largest crop, valued at $4 billion a year.

In addition, Gene Brandi of the American Beekeeping Federation will discuss honey bee health issues and almond pollinators while Matthew Danielczyk of Audubon California will cover wildlife-friendly farming in almond orchards...


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