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The President of the United States addresses American farmers

Regardless of your political affiliation, having the chance to see the President of the Unites States in real life is a once in a lifetime opportunity. One such opportunity I was beyond excited to get to experience last Monday.  We found out the Wednesday before that President Donald Trump would be the closing session speaker for the American Farm Bureau Meeting. This year marked the 100th Anniversary of the American Farm Bureau Federation. I was already set to travel to New Orleans for the Annual Meeting as the past chair of California Young Farmers and Ranchers. As I was packing for the trip, I got a text from a friend telling me to check my newsfeed and sure enough it was announced that Trump would be addressing the delegation on Monday morning. So with my bags packed, excitement in my stomach and much anticipation I made my way to New Orleans to join farmers from across the nation.  I got up extra early that Monday morning to get in line and be one of the first 50 or so to go through…

Wordless Wednesday: April Almonds

Rain is a good thing

Rain is good thing! We need it. We pray for it. We fight over it. We stress over it. We pull our hair out over it. But it also has consequences. Some good, some bad. I know plenty of cherry farmers weren't very happy with last weekend's rain. Cherries are gearing up to be harvested  in our area and getting ready for market, rain can really put a wrench in those plans when it is unexpected and there is nothing that can be done. But in all honesty, we need rain in the Central Valley. We will take it whenever it comes. We waited all winter for the floods of El Nino that were expected. But of course, this winter brought no dramatic increase in rain and in the Central Valley we are still below our average rainfall for the year. Granted we haven't achieved that average in some time, it would be nice to get it again soon. So in the mean time we took the early April showers with a thankful smile and an appreciation of any water at all.

With rain, usually comes a heavy wind. Especi…

What fertilizers do almonds need?

It's spring and the almond trees are covered with shiny leaves and growing nuts. The trees are beautiful and full of new life. As they grow the 2016 harvest crop, they need fertilizer to help them grow. Fertilizer is like plant food or vitamins that give the trees a little extra boost. Just like you feed your garden fertilizer, your rose bushes plant food, or like how you take your daily vitamins, we feed our almond trees fertilizer.
We prefer the fertigation method to fertilize our trees through the water in our irrigation drip hoses. This helps us to be more efficient and effective in our fertilizer use. When we fertilize in the spring we use three different kinds of fertilizers; Nitrogen, Potassium and Zinc. It is like a farmers version of a a perfect vitamin combination.

Nitrogen is important to help encourage leaf growth and nut development. Nitrogen provides the building block to form protein and oils.  One of the key reasons you probably eat almonds is because they are high …