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Modern Agriculture

What is Modern Agriculture?
Modern agriculture could be a scientist in a lab creating the newest impossible non-meat hamburger. Modern agriculture could mean the development of GMO seeds to decrease pesticide use. Modern agriculture could be turning on your irrigation system from an app on your computer. Modern agriculture could just mean the use of GPS in tractors, or maybe just the use of a tractor on a farm. Modern agriculture could mean something different to you depending on how you look at agriculture.

Modern agriculture is essentially developing practices that help farmers increase efficiency and reduce the amount of resources to meet the world's needs. But depending on your interpretation of the term you could already have created your opinion of modern agriculture. 2% of the population is involved in agriculture but 100% of the population has opinions.
That's the situation we face today, consumers tend to develop their own opinions of modern agriculture without unders…

Early Harvest?

We had one of the mildest winters around in California this year. I can count on one hand the days that it rained and our low temperatures rarely broke the freezing mark. I don't feel we had a true winter at all. They say we are in spring time now, but it's been in the 90s for the past several weeks which seems more like summer. The cool 60-70 degree weather comes for a day or two and then back up to 90 degrees.
With the warm temperatures all winter it should be no surprise that most crops in California are running about two weeks earlier than average. Almonds are predicted to be early as well. Some are even saying almond harvest may start at the end of July. Crazy! While during a normal year almond harvest generally starts August 7th-14th in Kern County.
An early harvest will be better for our water situation given the drought California is in. We will be able to go in and harvest sooner, making this years crop less demanding of our water supplies.

Until Next Time…

The almonds are growing!

The almonds are growing more and more every day. Believe it or not only a short two months ago these nuts were flowers. Now they are fast on their way to being an edible almond. Walking through these beautiful orchards the other day I decided to examine them closer for you guys.
What looks like a fuzzy green almond on the tree is the hard hull starting to form. This fuzzy outer layer will soon be the protector to the nut as it develops. The inside, or the fruit, is still a soft gel like formation. This gel like will soon be an almond once all it's cells develop into a harder fruit. The shell will then form between the hull and almond to make another layer of protection for the almond.

Stay tuned as we watch these almond continue to grow!

Until Next Time,
Almond Girl