With the drought California is in everything is dry, dry, dry. When the wind picks up the dust covers the trees and makes everything a mess. With little water to water the roads down we looked to a more permanent method to keep our roads and fields less dusty. We added a road oil mixture of 50% oil and 50% water on
top of some of our dirt roads between fields. We use a half gallon of
the mixture per square yard. This will help us during these dusty, dry
summer months to keep the dust off our trees. The dust increases our
insect populations and before harvest we don't want those bugs in our
trees because they reduce yield. The oil base helps us abide by air
quality emissions regulations we have in the Central Valley. During the
winter months the oil base will also allow us to continue to drive
between fields where otherwise it would be muddy and wet
Did you know there are over 30 different varieties of almonds grown
commercially?! All have their own unique purpose, size, and shape. Most
almond farmers, have multiple varieties in the same orchard, the most
popular being nonpareil. Nonpareil is the prettiest almond, most widely
produced and comes with the biggest return back to the grower. But we
can't all farm nonpareils, they need to be pollinated somehow. Almonds
typically need at least two varieties in an orchard because the almond
flower cannot pollinate itself like other fruit trees can. We learned about that with the almond bloom and bee blog!! So we have
pollinator varieties that complement other varieties and offer their own
unique purpose. I am going to outline a few of the more widely grown
varieties for you, but feel free to check out The Almond Board of California's full guide.
Nonpareil has the most uses and purposes of any other nut. It can be
used in raw form, blanched, processed or anything you …
When people think of almond uses they tend to just think of using the almond
meat. Almonds have multiple by-products actually. When almonds are processed at the huller the almond meat is separated from the hull and
shell. The hulls, shells and hash are also sold and used.
Almond hulls are the green out most layer of the almond while on the
tree. The hull is what splits and starts the countdown to harvest. Once the almond has dried in the field, the hull also dries and
begins to separate from the almond. At the huller, they remove the hulls
and stock pile them until sold. Almond hulls are sold for animal feed, most
commonly dairy feed. The hulls actually add nutrition to the animals
diet and aid in healthy milk production. Growing up on my family's farm, we used the hulls
to feed our breeding sheep. It was cheaper than grain, helped to add
nutrition to the animal diet and while filled them up faster.
Almond shells are the hard layer between the hull and the almond meat.
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…