Author Archives: Dani Lightle

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

Yellowing Krymsk?

The continued saturation of tree root zones may lead to nutrient deficiency symptoms from reduced root activity. Sometimes these deficiencies are transient and symptoms resolve as the soil dries out and warms up. However, if the season progresses and the soils warm up but stay oversaturated, the symptoms may persist or trees may show the “yellowing Krymsk” problem. Continue reading

March Orchard Management Considerations

It is finally looking a little bit like spring outside! Almond bloom is winding down, prune bloom will be picking up, and there are even some tasks the walnut growers can do to stay on top of things. Keep reading for orchard tasks to keep in mind for almonds, prunes, and walnuts. Continue reading