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Varietal Tree Count tool streamlines purchase planning for almond and pistachio growers

  With harvest underway for some—and right around the corner for others—almond and pistachio growers are already planning for next year’s purchasing and tree replacement needs. Traditionally, this means hours spent walking row to row, counting trees with a clicker. But growers working with Ceres Imaging now have a more efficient option: our new Varietal Tree Count tool.   The Varietal Tr...

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Research Study Validates Imagery for Pistachios

Recently published research in the peer-reviewed journal Remote Sensing demonstrates the effectiveness of our thermal imagery in detecting water stress in pistachio orchards, echoing the results of the extensive trials in almonds with UC's Blake Sanden over the past several years.  Specifically, the study details how This university-led research study demonstrates the accuracy of thermal...

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Are All Almonds Created Equal? Part 2

Test results are in! Late last year, you may have read about the taste test in our office comparing six different varietals of almonds. Today, we find out the results!       There was a clear winner. The almond variety Carmel received the most 4 or 5 ratings by far!   Carmel and Aldrich varieties, even though the smallest almonds of the bunch, were the clear winners averaging a 4 out of ...

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Announcing the Cumulative Stress Index

Ceres Imaging’s new index marks an important milestone in company’s quest to help farmers make smarter decisions by using artificial intelligence. The index combines Ceres Imaging’s various imagery indices into a single metric to assess overall plant stress over a growing season and strongly correlates to actual yield results. Farmers can use the Cumulative Stress Index to be strategic a...

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Tools of the Trade: Pressure “Bomb” for Measuring Plant Stress

Here at Ceres, we have boots on the ground helping to turn imagery into action. One of the tools of choice is known as the pressure chamber, also known as a “pressure bomb”, a great tool to measure the stress of a plant. This, in turn, can help inform decisions on when to irrigate an orchard. What is a pressure bomb and how does it work? In simplest terms, the pressure chamber can be tho...

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Are All Almonds Created Equal: Part 1

  Ever wonder what different almond variety taste like? Most of us buy Nonpareil at the store, but did you know that many growers grow multiple varieties? According to the Almond Board of California: There are approximately 30 almond varieties produced in California orchards. Ten varieties represent over 70% of production. Varieties are grouped into broad classifications for marketing pu...

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Field evaluation of almond varieties

“The first thing we have to accept is there is no such thing as a perfect variety,” said Roger Duncan, the University of California Cooperative Extension’s Stanislaus County director. “Even nonpareil, around for over 100 years, the premium variety, we know it still has its problems.” Duncan, addressing a group of growers in Modesto this year, presenting research examining the pros and co...

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Nitrogen needs in almonds: Tips from UC's Patrick Brown

Patrick Brown is known for decades of work with tree nut crops, and insights about the almond industry. When he spoke in Modesto this year about nitrogen needs in almonds, some of what he shared was canon, while other tips offered growers a fresh take on traditional practices. “Really what you’re doing is balancing your supply with your demand,” Brown said. “If you can get that balance r...

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Root growth in almond trees: Tips from UC Davis's Volder

Root systems in almond trees may seem like a basic part of the business for growers with years of experience, but Astrid Volder, a UC Davis professor and root physiologist, had some in-depth information when she spoke with growers in Modesto. For starters: While almond tree root systems can extend twice the height of the tree, most of those systems spread horizontally and are not very de...

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UC's Haviland talks managing spider mites in almonds

    “I’m down in Bakersfield and spider mites for us are huge,” said David Haviland, a University of California Cooperative farm advisor for Kern County. “Everything that makes a tree stress and work hard, that’s what we’ve got, and that’s what makes spider mites go crazy.” Some spider mite presence isn’t cause for total panic, Haviland said. “The science says the trees can take some hit...

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