Author Archives: Sacramento Valley Orchards

Protecting Sacramento Valley Waterways from Pyrethroid Exceedances

As farmers have reduced their reliance on organophosphate insecticides for pest control, there has been a shift to other control tactics. Most challenging for the topic of watersheds has been a shift towards increased use of pyrethroids. In general, the amounts found are low, nevertheless, cases of exceedances do occur, and these cases need to be eliminated. Continue reading

Applying Almond Hulls & Shells as Potassium-Rich Amendments

New studies show that almond hulls and shells can be used as low-cost organic matter amendments and can release potassium into the soil. This can help increase soil exchangeable potassium with benefits to July leaf potassium values, and in the long term, could build soil organic matter content while reducing dust and erosion. Continue reading

Pistachio Nitrogen Nutrition: What do we know and how do we manage?

Given that N fertilizer mismanagement have increased significantly and the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program (ILRP) have implemented new regulations to prevent agricultural runoff from impairing surface waters, it only makes sense to use available tools to improve Nitrogen Use Efficiency (NUE). This article provides more information about what tools are available. Continue reading