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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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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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Save hard-earned nutrients: A view of whole-orchard recycling from UC's Holtz

What happens when an orchard’s life is over? Currently, many growers destroy the trees and start again with the soil. Brent Holtz, county director and farm advisor in San Joaquin County for the University of California Cooperative Extension thinks the trees shouldn’t disappear from the picture. “As growers you spend 25 years growing that tree,” he said to an audience in Modesto this year...

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UC advisor Blake Sanden retires after decades of research in almonds and pistachios

Blake Sanden, a University of California advisor for almond and pistachio growers since the 1990s, officially retired as of June (for more on Blake’s career achievements, see this blog on the UC site). But if you talk to Sanden, you can hear the same passion as ever for research projects that inform California growers. Sanden talked with Ceres Imaging about his career working with tree n...

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The Almond Doctor talks irrigation from now through hull split

Stress kills. Right? Well, not if you’re talking almond trees and it’s the right kind of stress. David Doll, also known as The Almond Doctor, spoke to growers about water stress in Fresno in late June, sharing tips on how to manage tree stress and irrigation for almonds from now to hull split. First he covered traditional concerns about too much water stress. “What we try to do with good...

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Meet Ceres Imaging at the World Ag Expo in Tulare!

  Are you ready for the biggest, craziest farm show of the year? More than 1,500 booths and a packed schedule of activities from concerts to prayer breakfasts to receptions will keep growers busy in Tulare this week. Our team will be taking it all in, and available to meet with growers in Building C, Booth 3024, to talk about how aerial imagery can save time and labor for growers. Tree n...

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State Water Board revises nitrate rules, sets model for regional water boards

  Map of California Water Quality Coalitions (link) This week the State Water Resources Control Board voted to change nitrogen requirements for growers in the Eastern San Joaquin River Watershed. At the same time, the State Water Board established a model for all regional water boards in the state to follow in order to reduce pollution. The moves follow years of consideration described i...

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New research shows aerial images can predict almond tree water stress

Oakland, CA (November 16, 2017) – Aerial images of orchards can effectively tell farmers which almond trees aren’t getting enough water, according to the preliminary results of a five-year study by almond researchers at the University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE), with funding support from the USDA. The almond orchard above in Kern County was the site of the UC Cooperative'...

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How to manage walnut orchard health after the floods of 2017

  Oroville Dam Spillway, 2017. Courtesy William Croyle, California Department of Water Resources [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Early in 2017, California’s five-year drought came to an end thanks to heavy rains and melting snowpack in the Sierras that challenged dams around the state. The rising waters caused damage in low-lying orchards, including walnut orchards, according to J...

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