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Sticks, leaves and dirt...OH MY!

Almonds are harvested off a tree, where we shake them on the ground. Then they are swept into rows and picked up. Sounds like a fairly easy and simply process but there are a lot of moving parts with several steps and processes along the way.


If you start with shaking a tree, the vibrations don't just knock the almonds off the tree but of course any loose sticks or leaves will also fall too. This could cause a problem when it comes to sweeping the nuts. The sticks could get caught in the sweeper brushes and maybe even get caught up in the irrigation hoses.


Once the nuts are in the rows and the harvester is set to run through to pick up the almonds, those sticks could be troublesome again. The harvester will generally have to run at a slower speed through the field as to allow for the sticks to not get caught up in the series of belts that carry the almonds up. When the harvester empties the almonds into the shuttle cart and further on the elevator, sticks can clog up belts and c…

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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