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Shredding Almond Prunings

It's winter on the farm and that means it's pruning time!


We have had crews going through the orchards pruning the dead wood and any overlapping branches what would be prohibiting sunlight from getting through the orchard canopy. The trees need ample light to ensure nuts develop and grow throughout the whole tree.


Once the pruning is done, crews then stack the branches down the center of the orchard rows and prepare for the shredder! The shredder has a series of multiple blades and is pulled behind a tractor through the orchard. We are left with small wood chips. Really, the videos and seeing this machine in person are pretty cool!


The wood chips will break down over time with rain, irrigation and general orchard practices. All those nutrients that are in tree and branches will remain in the orchard via those wood chips to ensure mothing is lost.


But what are you waiting for, go check out my YouTube video all about it!
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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 …