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Walnut Day

We all have our day. A day to celebrate you. Whether it's your birthday, Mother's Day, Father's Day, Grandparents Day, Teacher Appreciation Day, there is a day to celebrate you. There are also a million days to celebrate things. Pizza lover's day, Donut Day, Puppy Day, well today is National Walnut Day.


Today is a day to celebrate walnuts. I may be Almond Girl Jenny, but walnuts are a close second in my nut heart. My Dad is a walnut grower and I grew up surrounded by walnuts just as much as I grew up surrounded by almonds. Walnuts are my favorite baking nut. There is just something about banana nut bread that makes me happy.


Walnuts also make me healthy. They are a healthy punch of protein, fiber, magnesium, phosphorous, and healthy carbohydrates. Who knew one nut could have so many health benefits?


But did you also know that walnuts are the only nut that has any significant omega 3's? Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that is a plant based food source and walnu…

Bloom Spray

With the onset of rain in our forecast we are happy to be getting the water and man do we it. It is due to rain tomorrow and Saturday, but better yet it is supposed to snow in the mountains! Snow pack is really what we need to store the water for later months. We are happy to have the water, but at the same time, the almond blooms are open and being pollinated. The Almond bloom blog discussed pollination in more detail. If water gets in to the blooms then we could have fungal diseases on the almonds. This could result in infected almonds and crop lose.

So with the rain coming we are doing a bloom spray. This bloom spray consists of fungicides, which are mostly copper based.  Fungicides are used to prevent fungus from growing or to block the fungus from infecting the almond.  These fungicides act as a layer of protection to keep the fungus from forming on the almonds. With bloom spray we will be able to protect our crop from any fungal diseases and enjoy the rain!

Tractor pulling sprayer through the field

This is the sprayer we use to protect our crop.

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl

Comments

  1. I love your pictures of almond trees - so pretty!

    Glad to hear Cali got a little bit of rain - know you all needed it A LOT.

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  2. Thanks Brandi! We are happy for what we received, but we need much much more! Keep praying for rain.

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    1. I will add that to my prayer list - two summers ago, we had a horrible drought here too! Not sure how it compares to California (ours probably was not as bad as yours) but sure know the stress it puts on us when trying to find hay!

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