My Ag Life

My Ag Life

By JCS Marketing, Inc.
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!
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New Trainings and Industry Regulations in the COVID - 19 Era - My Ag Life Episode 17
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.
23:32
July 10, 2020
New Requirements to Protect Ag Workers from COVID-19 / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Roger A. Isom
06:45
July 9, 2020
Deer, Rabbits, and Coyotes, Oh My! How to manage common wildlife pests in nut orchards / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Roger A. Baldwin
09:05
July 9, 2020
Revisiting Drip Irrigation for New Mexico Pecans / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by C.A. Pierce
09:44
July 9, 2020
Detection of Marked Lettuce and Tomato by an Intelligent Cultivator / Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Steven A. Fennimore and David C. Slaughter
15:35
July 9, 2020
Helping Growers Through Aerial Imaging - My Ag Life Episode 16
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.
14:19
July 3, 2020
Cover Crops in California Agriculture An Overview of Current Research / Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Shulamit Shroder
09:14
July 3, 2020
Variable Rate Irrigation Pays Off in Water Use Efficiency for New Almond Orchards / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Cecelia Parsons
08:03
July 3, 2020
Reducing Dust at Almond Harvest / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mitch Lies
07:53
July 3, 2020
Choosing Activator Spray Adjuvants for Permanent Crops - Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
 Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Franz Neiderholzer and  Rhonda Smith
09:35
June 27, 2020
Making Sense of Biostimulants for Improving your Soil - Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Dr. Karl A. Wyant
05:38
June 27, 2020
Weed Control in Lettuce A Comparison of Various Weed Management Strategies and Costs Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Richard Smith 
09:34
June 27, 2020
Lettuce Dieback: New Virus Found to be Associated with Soilborne Disease in Lettuce - Progressive Crop Consultant
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by William M. Wintermantel 
09:12
June 27, 2020
Monitoring Beneficial Birds In Pests- My AG Life Ep 15
Dr. Sasha Keith 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. Keith 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.
08:56
June 26, 2020
Pacific Biocontrol’s Data on NOW - My Ag Life Episode 14
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
05:45
June 18, 2020
The Powerful Pistachio - My Ag Life Episode 13
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.
23:54
June 18, 2020
Carbon Farming Offers Benefits to Plants, Soils and Climate - Organic Farmer June/July 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Kathy Coatney.
06:55
June 18, 2020
A Look at Common Hemp Pests, Problems and Diseases - Organic Farmer June/July 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Danita Cahill.
08:13
June 18, 2020
Controlling Pacific Flathead Borer in Agricultural Crops - Organic Farmer June/July 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Danita Cahill.
07:30
June 18, 2020
The Care and Feeding of Soil Microbes - Organic Farmer June/July 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Danita Cahill.
06:05
June 18, 2020
Biochar: The Permanent Compost - Organic Farmer June/July 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Kelpie Wilson.
07:59
June 18, 2020
Breaking Down the Unparalleled Almond Crop This Year - My Ag Life Episode 12
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.
15:09
June 12, 2020
Success in Groundwater Recharge - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Jenny Holtermann.
09:42
June 11, 2020
An Interated Approach to Managing Spider Mites in Nut Orchards - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Julie R Johnson
12:25
June 11, 2020
Targetting Early Splits in Pistachios - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mitch Lies
10:11
June 11, 2020
Predicting and Managing Walnut Blight - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Cecilia Parsons
07:21
June 11, 2020
Hull Split Logistics - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Cecilia Parsons.
09:38
June 11, 2020
Walnut Popularity is on the Rise - My Ag Life Ep. 11
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
07:49
June 4, 2020
Manage Nitrogen and Irrigation to Reduce Hull Rot Infections - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Cecilia Parsons.
06:58
June 4, 2020
Sharing the Good News About Pistachios - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Judy Hirigoyen.
06:57
June 4, 2020
Almond Outlook Preparing for a Record Crop - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Marni Katz.
07:48
June 4, 2020
The Future of Orchard Spraying - West Coast Nut June 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Seth Hansen.
09:22
June 4, 2020
Water Blueprint for San Joaquin Valley - My Ag Life Ep. 10
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.
10:02
May 28, 2020
Choosing Hemp Varieties - Organic Farmer April 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by  Danita Cahill .
11:20
May 28, 2020
The Key to Optimum Soil and Plant Health - Organic Farmer April 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by  Neal Kinsey.
09:35
May 28, 2020
National Organic Producers Surveys Released - Organic Farmer April 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by  Vicky Lowell.
03:22
May 28, 2020
Improved Walnut Rootstocks - My Ag Life Ep.9
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. To participate in the survey, see the May issue of West Coast Nut, Click Here to take Walnut Rootstock Grower Survey
08:43
May 21, 2020
Self-Fertile Almonds Gain in Popularity - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Vicky Boyd.
10:40
May 21, 2020
Benefits of Cover Crops in Nut Orchards Depend on Site and Region - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Cecilia Parsons.
08:48
May 21, 2020
In Search of Chandler 2.0 - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mitch Lies.
08:48
May 21, 2020
Resurgence of Perennial Phytophthora Canker Disease of Almonds - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mohammad Yaghmour, Greg Browne and Brent Holtz.
11:56
May 21, 2020
How Covid-19 is affecting Ca Walnut Board - My Ag Life Ep.8
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/
03:26
May 15, 2020
Pistachio Tree Physiology Research and Findings - My Ag Life Ep.7
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.
14:45
May 15, 2020
Ca Walnut Boards Marketing During Covid-19 - My Ag Life Ep.6
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.
04:39
May 15, 2020
Self-Fertile Almonds Gain in Popularity - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Vicky Boyd.
10:41
May 15, 2020
Maximizing Biological Control Agents in Standard Nut Orchards - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Kathy Coatney.
11:44
May 15, 2020
Take Advantage of Fertigation Opportunities - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Cecilia Parsons.
07:13
May 15, 2020
Healthy Soil Practices Bring Benefits to Almond Growers - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Paul Lum.
06:33
May 15, 2020
Tools and Resources for Nut Growers Coping with the New Covid-19 Reality - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Seth Hansen.
07:53
May 15, 2020
New Water Blueprint Looks at Impacts of Water Supply Shortages - West Coast Nut May 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mike Wade.
06:36
May 15, 2020
Understanding Winter Chill - My Ag Life Ep.5
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.
14:20
May 11, 2020
Step into the Digital Ag Revolution - My Ag Life Ep.4
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.
09:58
May 8, 2020
How PCA’s and CCA’s Benefit the Grower - My Ag Life Ep.3
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.
24:46
May 8, 2020
The Ins and Outs of Tissue Testing With Rich Kreps - My Ag Life Ep.2
In this episode of My Ag Life, Jason Scott interviews Rich Kreps on The Ins and Outs of Tissue Testing.
14:45
May 4, 2020
Roger Isom’s History in Ag Associations - My Ag Life Ep.1
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.
27:36
May 4, 2020
Study Shows Sharp Jump in Input Costs for Almonds - West Coast Nut April 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Marni Katz.
04:33
May 2, 2020
Farming is the Family Tradition at Heinrich Farms - West Coast Nut April 2020
Listen now to this article from West Coast Nut by Jenny Holtermann.
06:17
May 2, 2020
Embracing the Digital Agriculture Revolution - West Coast Nut April 2020
Listen to this West Coast Nut article by Seth Hansen.
07:50
May 2, 2020
Farm Advisor David Haviland - West Coast Nut April 2020
Listen to the article highlighting Farm Advisor David Haviland by our contributing writer, Crystal Nay.
06:28
May 2, 2020
Almond Flower, Foliar and Fruit Diseases and Their Management - West Coast Nut April 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Julie R. Johnson.
12:10
May 2, 2020
Impact of Trunk Guards in Hazelnut Orchards - West Coast Nut April 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Danita Cahill.
09:11
May 2, 2020
My Ag Life Trailer
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!
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March 13, 2020