Monthly Archives: September 2023

Plant cover crops now to prepare for another wet winter

With weather forecasts for the upcoming winter months leaning heavily toward another wet and cold winter, the weeks immediately following harvest present the best time of the year to plant cover crops to reap their various benefits in the months ahead. Should El Niño bring heavy rainfall back to the region, any on-farm water capture that can be done should be done to keep as much water locally banked as possible. Continue reading

Introducing a Butte County Walnut Variety Trial

A ten-acre Butte County Walnut Variety Trial was planted at the Chico State Farm in May of this year through a collaboration between Chico State, UC Davis Walnut Improvement Program, and UC Cooperative Extension. This variety trial aims to identify new varieties that will perform exceptionally well in this region and will share its progress over the years. Continue reading

Update on Regional Almond Variety Trials – results through 2022

With funding provided by the Almond Board of California, through assessments paid by almond growers, the University of California has conducted regional field trials in the major almond growing areas of the Central Valley for over 50 years. Read more for an update on Regional Almond Variety Trials Continue reading