Author Archives: Dani Lightle

Missing the Target: Why you Should Irrigate Potted Trees Directly onto Potting Media

Generally, when I am working with growers on a problem related to potted-tree establishment, the cause is lack of water movement into the potted media, creating tree stress. This results from the difference in soil particle size at the boundary between the orchard soil and the tree’s potting soil. Continue reading

How is Band Canker Infecting Young Trees?

Band canker has been an increasing problem in young almond orchards in recent years. Some hot spot areas have suffered high damage and occasionally required the replanting of an entire pollenizer variety. Symptomatic trees have gumming on the trunk. In the first year of infection, gumming may show as a ring or band around the trunk (hence its’ common name). Keep reading for the latest research results. Continue reading

Looking Ahead to 2018

Meeting season has already begun to ratchet up! Speaking of meetings, we’re in the process of planning agendas and writing talks for a whole slate of upcoming UCCE grower meetings. Keep reading for a master table of the upcoming UC meetings. Happy holidays from all of us, and best wishes as we head into the next cropping year. Continue reading