Something big is coming to the world of agriculture. The MyAgLife Podcast brought to you by JCS Marketing, Inc. the publisher of the industry-leading ag publications, West Coast Nut, Progressive Crop Consultant, and Organic Farmer. Our podcast will bring you exclusive interviews with industry professionals, readings of special articles from our publications, and even more!
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Mark Bolda, UCCE strawberry and caneberry farm advisor in Santa Cruz County, to discuss the challenges of managing Fusarium in strawberries and methods organic and conventional growers can use to control this pathogen.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Houston Wilson, UCCE assistant specialist in the Department of Entomology at UC Riverside, to discuss navel orangeworm as a candidate for area-wide integrated pest management in California.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Karl Wyant, Vice President of Ag Science at Heliae Agriculture and vice chair of Western Region CCA, to discuss biological management practices to maximize soil quality.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Sandro Steinbach, assistant professor at the University of Connecticut, to discuss how the California tree nut industry was impacted by the trade war and the difficulties that still remain.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Roger Isom, President and CEO of Western Agricultural Processors Association, to discuss a new state proposal on pesticide mill taxes and the impacts this may have on the agriculture industry.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Karl Wyant, Vice President of Ag Science at Heliae Agriculture and vice chair of Western Region CCA, to talk about making sense of biostimulants for improving your soil.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jhalendra Rijal, UCCE area integrated pest management advisor in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties, to discuss spring season pest monitoring activities in almond orchards.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Eryn Wingate, agronomist with Tri-Tech Ag Products Inc., to discuss tightening the nitrogen cycle in organic agriculture and how to meet crop nitrogen needs without impacting the environment.
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Heping Zhu, Agricultural Engineer and Lead Scientist, USDA-ARS Application Technology Research Unit and Steve Booher, Founder & CEO, Smart Guided® Systems, LLC.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Emily Symmes, a former UCCE Farm Advisor and now Senior Manager of Technical Field Services for Suterra, to discuss the importance of preserving beneficial insects in an orchard and making them part of your pest management plan.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Joe Vassios, Technical Service Lead for Specialty Crops at UPL, and UC Riverside Plant Pathologist Jim Adaskaveg to discuss bacterial blast in almond and how the recent Section 18 renewal for the bactericide Kasumin will be key to disease mitigation.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Steve Vasquez, Technical Viticulturist for Sun-Maid Growers, to discuss weather station use in vineyards and how newly developed weather technologies provide beneficial insights to growers.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Louise Ferguson, an Extension Specialist with the UC Davis Department of Plant Sciences, to discuss canopy management in pistachios and how mechanical and hand pruning can be used to produce good-quality annual crops.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Drew Wolter, Almond Board of California’s new Senior Specialist in Pest Management, to talk about what opportunities his new position will provide for advancement in Integrated Pest Management techniques.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Vice President of Musco Family Olive Company, Dennis Burreson, to talk about diversifying your operation with olive trees, advancements in the olive industry, and Musco’s Million Tree initiative.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Alireza Pourreza, director of the Digital Agriculture Lab at UC Davis, to talk about almond yield forecasting by drone and how Virtual Orchard Technology can capture light interception for improved crop forecasting.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jason Scott, CEO and publisher of JCS Marketing Inc. and West Coast Nut magazine, to talk about the upcoming 2-day California Walnut Conference on January 21st and 22nd. The conference will provide 4.5 hours of DPR CEUs and 5 hours of CCA CEUs (pending approval).
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with George Zhuang, UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor in Fresno County, to talk about winter pruning and disease management in vineyards and how dormant season practices impact yield.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Surendra Dara, UCCE Entomology and Biologicals Advisor, to talk about the use of biostimulants in strawberries to promote plant growth and to help plants withstand various pests, diseases or environmental stressors.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Andre Biscaro, UCCE Irrigation and Water Resources Advisor for Ventura County, to talk about soil chemical analysis and the accuracy and precision of commercial ag laboratories as it relates to these tests.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Katherine Jarvis-Shean, UCCE orchard systems advisor for Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties, to discuss boron-resistant rootstock research in almonds. Almonds are especially susceptible to effects of high-boron soil, and trees can be damaged by excessive amounts in the soil and water.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jhalendra Rijal, UCCE area integrated pest management advisor in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties, to discuss planning for spring pest management in walnuts. Growers and managers need to be prepared with a plan for monitoring and suppressing populations before they cause economic damage to the crop.
Jason Scott talks with TriCal Diagnostics' Kristi Sanchez, Ph.D., Senior Researcher and nematologist, about nematode research and preventative steps growers can take to identify and minimize nematode infestation and other soil pathogens.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Brittney Goodrich, Asst. UCCE Specialist with the UC Davis Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, to discuss the economic outlook for the 2021 almond pollination season.
On this episode, Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jason Scott, CEO and publisher of JCS Marketing Inc. and West Coast Nut magazine, to discuss the upcoming 2020 United We Stand California Tree Nut Conference on Nov. 20.
Jason Scott sits down with TriCal Diagnostics' Kristi Sanchez, PhD., Senior Researcher and nematologist, and Steve Koike, Director and plant pathologist, to discuss nematode research and preventative steps growers can take to identify and minimize nematode infestation.
Jason Scott discusses UCCE’s short course on Upcoming Advances in Pistachio Production with Phoebe Gordon, UCCE farm advisor for Madera and Merced counties. The courses will take place in November over six half-days and will cover topics including field preparation and planting, pest management and nutrition. For more information or registration go to https://ucanr.edu/sites/PistachioShortCourse/.
Houston Wilson, newly appointed director of UC’s Organic Agricultural Institute (OAI), joins Editorial Assistant Intern Taylor Chalstrom to talk about what the OAI means for the future of organic agriculture.
Taylor Chalstrom, Editorial Assistant Intern, sits down with Reid Robinson, vice president at Sierra Gold Nurseries, to discuss the drivers for variety choice and the importance of choosing the correct rootstock.
Sebastian Saa, Associate Director of Agricultural Research for Almond Board of California, joins Editorial Assistant Intern Taylor Chalstrom to discuss the future of smart irrigation in almond orchards. Saa explains the need for improvement to water use efficiency in the almond industry as well as the use of current and future irrigation technologies.
Jason Scott sits down with Katherine Jarvis-Shean, UCCE orchard systems advisor for Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties, to discuss a new tool for predicting nitrogen needs in walnuts using early-season leaf sampling. Jarvis-Shean discusses how this new method differs from previous recommendations in walnuts as well as what growers should know before utilizing it.
Jason Scott and John Bolling, Orchard Vegetation Program Manager at PG&E, discuss PG&E’s new “Plan Before You Plant” program that provides tree nut growers the opportunity to safely plant trees near or under power lines. Bolling stresses the importance of taking these precautions as it eliminates the risk of tree removal by a utility crew and ensures public safety.
Jason Scott and Stephen Vasquez, Sun-Maid Growers Technical Viticulturist, discuss the importance of managing powdery mildew early to avoid outbreaks like the ones growers saw in 2019. Powdery mildew is one of the most important fungal diseases impacting grape production in California, infecting green tissues such as leaves, shoots, rachises and berries.
Jason Scott and Rich Kreps, CCA and SSp, discuss the importance of postharvest nutrition during a time of vast uncertainties in the tree nut world. Kreps makes it a point to explain that trees need nutrition during every stage of harvest in order to produce a good crop again for the next year.
Jason Scott and Steven Koike, Director at TriCal Diagnostics, discuss viruses in vegetable crops. Koike goes into detail about the diseases caused by these viruses and the steps growers can take to detect and manage them.
Ellie Symes, co-founder and CEO of The Bee Corp, sits down with Jason Scott to discuss her introduction into beekeeping, the industry around it and what The Bee Corp is doing to improve hive inspection and pollination. Symes gives in-depth explanations of its Verifli hive grading system and how it can support growers’ pollination investment.
Joy Hollingsworth, UCCE Nutrient Management and Soil Quality Farm Advisor, joins Jason Scott to discuss biostimulants in permanent crops. Hollingsworth goes in-depth to explain the difficulty of defining biostimulants as well as their general benefits and functions.
Taylor Chalstrom, editorial assistant intern, sits down with Jason Scott, CEO of JCS Marketing Inc. and Publisher of Progressive Crop Consultant magazine, and Jerome Pier, board chair of Western Region CCA, to discuss the upcoming Crop Consultant Conference on Sept. 17 and 18. Jason and Jerome discuss the new virtual format of the conference and the opportunities it will afford attendees including live seminars with DPR and hard-to-get CCA continuing education credits, a virtual trade show and live industry presentations.
Stacey Givens, owner, farmer and chef of Side Yard Farm and Kitchen, sits down with Editorial Assistant Intern Taylor Chalstrom to discuss urban farming and the impact COVID-19 has had on her operation. Givens offers insightful information on the day-to-day life of an urban farmer as well as some of the things she misses the most from pre-COVID times.
Jason Scott sits down with Roger Isom, President and CEO of Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), to discuss the recent comeback of tree nut theft in the ag industry. Roger explains the intricate yet simple theft process as well as guidelines that growers and sellers can follow to protect themselves from future thefts.
Joel Siegel, USDA ARS Research Entomologist, sits down with Jason Scott to discuss navel orangeworm (NOW), its prevalence in the tree nut industry and control methods. There is a strong correlation between timely harvest and higher NOW populations, making it pertinent to harvest earlier if there is an abundance of NOW.
Shulamit Shroder, UCCE Education Specialist, joins Editorial Assistant Intern Taylor Chalstrom to discuss current applications and research of cover crops in California ag. Shulamit explains some of the creative ways that growers are utilizing cover cropping systems in their fields or orchards, even citing one that involves juicing the cover crop after its use to obtain maximum utility.
Jason Scott talks with Jhalendra Rijal, Area IPM Advisor for the North San Joaquin Valley, about UC Cooperative Extension research involving the walnut husk fly. The walnut husk fly is a small, colorful fly that lays its eggs in the husk of a walnut where its larvae soon hatch. Jhalendra explains how these hatching larvae create issues for the processing and marketing of walnuts. He theorizes how populations of walnut husk flies may be on the rise due to increased walnut acreages throughout the valley. Additionally, Jhalendra cites insufficient winter chill due to rising temperatures as a cause for increased issues, causing walnut husk flies to emerge over a longer period of time. He encourages growers to visit www2.ipm.ucanr.edu/agriculture/walnut/ for more information about walnut husk flies and other walnut pests.
Roger Isom, President and CEO of the Western Agricultural Processors Association (WAPA), and Jason Scott talk shop about current issues in the ag industry regarding trainings and regulations. Roger explains some of the new guidelines issued by Cal/OSHA as a result of COVID-19, and what WAPA is also doing to help members create better solutions for their businesses. Two critical measures mentioned by Roger include keeping a safe distance between employees and creating physical barriers to aid this. Roger also went into depth with some new regulations put out by the CA government that may pose problems in the future. Roger and Jason talked as well about key trainings WAPA is currently involved with, including but not limited to hazard training, fumigation training and worker background checks. Information about trainings offered can be found at www.agprocessors.org.
Jenna Rodriguez, Director of Strategic Accounts at Ceres Imaging, joins Jason Scott to talk about the uses and benefits of aerial imaging for growers. Jenna explains how Ceres conducts aerial imaging with drones, airplanes and satellites to capture specific light wavelengths and thermal data. These wavelengths and data are used to provide specific visualizations to the grower about things like water uptake, transpiration uniformity and dry-down patterns. Jenna explains the importance Ceres finds in promoting image literacy to give growers an easy understanding of otherwise-complicated data. Ceres is using innovative technologies to create timely and more-efficient harvests for growers as well as recognize patterns or issues in water use. Jenna encourages any growers interested in learning more about imaging to visit www.ceresimaging.net.
Dr. Sasha Heath from the Living Earth Collaborative talks with Jason Scott about her recent research involving bird-pest relationships. They go in-depth about the codling moth larvae and how certain birds have the ability to control these larvae populations. The larvae of this moth species takes a liking towards walnut trees, typically making its cocoon in the trees’ bark. Dr. Heath also explains landscape improvements made to create sustained habitats for birds to continuously feed in walnut orchards. She makes it a point to say that not all birds can be harmful to crops and there are beneficial places for certain birds within pest management.
We also hear from Jeannine Lowrimore, a Technical Sales Rep. with Pacific Biocontrol. She discusses the quick and effective power behind their recent NOW management approach. PBC’s successful data shows their strong economic value for the grower. To learn more visit pacificbiocontrol.com
APG president, Richard Matoian, and VP of APG, Judy Hirigoyen join Jason to discuss the 2020 “on year” pistachio crop. They discuss their approach to informing the public about new pistachio research, proving the pistachio is a complete protein. This sustainable plant-based protein now enters the same arena as meat, fish, dairy and eggs. They explain their marketing strategy and how they have communicated the healthy benefits of the pistachio. Richard also talks about the new federal assistance program for pistachio growers and the recent NOW concerns.
Jason Scott discusses a record breaking almond crop with Richard Waycott, President and CEO of the Almond Board of CA. Richard record-breakingdigs into the increasing bearing trend and how those numbers are determined. He talks about how the Almond Board determines acreage production and supply. Roger shares current challenges and opportunities in international and domestic trading. This inside look at the almond, a leader in the California specialty market, will leave you wanting a handful of your own.
Jason Scott talks with Jennifer Williams, California Walnut Board, about the growing walnut trend. She discusses the increased use of baking with walnuts during the pandemic and where to find all-time favorite walnut recipes. Jennifer highlights marketing trends and how their approach has proven to be effective. Listen to the interview and take a crack at the walnut, at walnuts.org
Mike Wade, Executive Director California Farm Water Coalition, discusses the new Water Blueprint for San Joaquin Valley with Jason Scott. Mike addresses the efforts made by stake holders to secure a safe and reliable water supply for CA agriculture. They talk about the impact of minimizing the water supply to over 300 thousand acres of tree nuts. Mike explains The Blueprint, and those who are working to move it forward and bring sustainable water to the San Juaquin valley.
Jason Scott talks with Andreas Westphal, UC Riverside, about the economic benefits of using improved walnut rootstocks. Andreas discusses some of the work done by a team of research scientists from the University of California, USDA-ARS, and California State University at Fresno. He talks about how they have come together to further improve rootstocks available for commercial production. The research group, with the aid of federal funding, aims to make improvements that can sustain soilborne pathogens.
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Jason Scott talks with Jennifer Williams, marketing director for the California Walnut Board, about their approach to marketing in this “new normal.” Jennifer discusses how the board is monitoring legislature and mandates. They are focusing on providing routine updates to board members, alternates, handlers, and growers. They will continue to advocate by adapting their marketing programs and communicating effectively. Jennifer offers their established webpage for easy reference: https://walnuts.org/walnut-industry/covid19-resources/
Jason Scott talks with Louise Ferguson, UC Davis Extension Specialist, about her recent research of the pistachio tree physiology. Louise is dedicated to understanding the physiology of the pistachio tree, dormancy, bloom, set, yield, potential response to crop stress, temperature, salinity, and drought. Louise discusses the integrated approach to determining a long-term productivity assessment tool for the tree’s potential performance. She discusses the benefits of carbohydrates to tree productivity potential and the ability to access the collection of data. Louise discusses analyzing wood and bark samples, and how it relates to yield prediction and other benefits for growers. Louise’s expertise of tree physiology will help growers better manage the stressors of salinity and drought. Don’t miss the opportunity to learn more about pistachio tree physiology.
Jennifer Williams, marketing director for the Ca. Walnut board, joins Jason Scott for a conversation about the walnut market. Recognizing the rapid changes in media marketing, panic buying, and an increase in online shopping, Jennifer talks about their approach to successfully managing the situation. She confirms the Ca Walnut Board is staying abreast of the current situation, while continuing to meet the demands for growers and handlers.
Kat Jarvis Sheane, orchard system farm advisor in Sacramento, Solano, and Yolo Counties, talks with Jason Scott about winter chill. She discusses the potential problems within the bloom window and how it influences harvest. She addresses pistachio pollination in warmer winters as well as the difference between Chill Hours Model and Chill Portions Model. Learn why understanding winter chill will make a grower more successful.
Seth Hansen, CCA and PCA, talks with Jason Scott about how and why to adopt digital tools into everyday farm life. This major shift in the ag industry improves crop efficiency and long-term sustainability. Don’t miss Seth’s expertise in understanding how your needs will fit into this digital puzzle.
JW Lemons talks with Jason Scott about his work experience as a CCA and PCA in the US and Canada. JW discusses the benefits and process of becoming a pre-certified CCA, and how it’s helping young students get ahead in the field. He shares the advantages of PCA’s becoming a CCA and why this advances careers. JW’s expertise will help you best utilize CCA’s and PCA’s in your ag life.
Roger Isom talks with Jason Scott and shares his experience in the ag world. Roger is President/CEO of California Cotton Ginners and Growers Assoc. and Western Ag Processors Assoc. His robust experience offers insights on current regulations and solutions such as the tractor rule, nighttime lighting standards and Sterile Insect Technology. From Fresno State to an agriculture leader, you won’t want to miss out on Rogers expertise.
BONUS interview with Jennifer Williams, CA Walnut Board. She shares an update on Covid-19 and how it is impacting the walnut industry.
Something big is coming to the world of agriculture. The My Ag Life Podcast brought to you by JCS Marketing, Inc. the publisher of the industry-leading ag publications, West Coast Nut, Progressive Crop Consultant, and Organic Farmer. Our podcast will bring you exclusive interviews with industry professionals, readings of special articles from our publications, and even more!