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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!
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11/26/21 - MyAgLife Episode 93: Interview with Almond Board of California’s Gabriele Ludwig on Climate-Smart Agriculture
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Gabriele Ludwig, director of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Almond Board of California, to discuss the importance of climate-smart agriculture practices in almond orchards.
22:31
November 26, 2021
11/19/21 - MyAgLife Episode 92: Interview with UCCE’s Jhalendra Rijal on Pacific Flathead Borer’s Emergence in Walnut
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jhalendra Rijal, UCCE IPM Advisor, to discuss Pacific flathead borer’s emergence as a significant pest in walnut and management tools for this pest.
28:32
November 19, 2021
11/12/21 - MyAgLife Episode 91: Interview with UCCE’s Ellen Bruno on the Outlook for California’s Almond Market
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Ellen Bruno, assistant cooperative extension specialist in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at UC Berkeley, to discuss the outlook for California’s almond market and expected growth moving forward.
12:05
November 12, 2021
11/5/21 - MyAgLife Episode 90: Interview with UCCE’s Kat Jarvis-Shean on Dormancy in Tree Nut Crops
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Kat Jarvis-Shean, UCCE orchard systems advisor, to discuss dormancy in tree nut orchards and what trees do during the winter.
20:21
November 5, 2021
10/29/21 - MyAgLife Episode 89: Interview with NCAT’s Margo Hale on ‘Armed to Farm’
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Margo Hale, regional director with the National Center for Appropriate Technology, to discuss Armed to Farm, a sustainable agriculture training program for military veterans.
22:38
October 29, 2021
10/22/21 - MyAgLife Episode 88: Interview with CCA Rich Kreps on Soil Salt Manipulation
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Rich Kreps, CCA, SSp. and contributing writer, to discuss keeping trees thirsty by manipulating soil salt content.
18:58
October 22, 2021
10/15/21 - MyAgLife Episode 87: Interviews with Agro-K’s Sean Jacobs on Leaf Sap Analysis and Custom Agronomics’ Chris Underwood on Proper Tank Mixing
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Sean Jacobs, technical sales and marketing representative with Agro-K, and Chris Underwood, head of Product Development at Custom Agronomics, to discuss leaf sap analysis and proper tank mixing.
15:58
October 14, 2021
10/8/21 - MyAgLife Episode 86: Interview with USDA’s Timmy Jacobs about Biosolarization in Marginal Climates
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Timmy Jacobs, USDA Risk Management Specialist, to discuss biosolarization and cover crop impact on weeds and soilborne pathogens in marginal climates.
22:21
October 7, 2021
10/1/21 - MyAgLife Episode 85: Interview with JCS Marketing, Inc.’s Jason Scott about the Upcoming California Tree Nut Conference
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jason Scott, CEO and publisher of West Coast Nut magazine and JCS Marketing, Inc., to discuss the upcoming California Tree Nut Conference on November 3rd. This conference will bring growers together with industry leaders from across all the nut commodities and also provide valuable continuing education credits on important production practices.
16:43
September 30, 2021
9/24/21 - MyAgLife Episode 84: Interview with UCCE’s Kent Daane about Vine Mealybug in Grapevines
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Kent Daane, UCCE IPM specialist, at this year’s Crop Consultant Conference to discuss biology of and management strategies for vine mealybug in grapevines.
13:01
September 23, 2021
9/17/21 - MyAgLife Episode 83: Interview with UCCE’s Franz Niederholzer about Activator Spray Adjuvant Selection in Trees and Vines
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Franz Niederholzer, UCCE farm advisor for Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties, to discuss activator spray adjuvant selection in trees and vines and matching the proper material to the job.
16:31
September 14, 2021
9/10/21 - MyAgLife Episode 82: Interview with Walnut Grower Davin Norene about Wolfskill’s Potential as an Early Season Variety
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Davin Norene, walnut grower and manager with Norene Ranches, to discuss the new UC Davis walnut variety Wolfskill’s potential as an early-season variety.
13:58
September 9, 2021
9/3/21 - MyAgLife Episode 81: Interview with WAPA’s Priscilla Rodriguez about the Proposed New Forklift Rule and its Implications for the Ag Industry
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Priscilla Rodriguez, Director of Regulatory Affairs and Food Safety at Western Agricultural Processors Association, to discuss a new proposal to mandate electric forklifts for the ag industry.
18:11
September 3, 2021
8/27/21 - MyAgLife Episode 80: Interview with Sperry Farms’ Brian Wahlbrink about Transitioning to Off-Ground Almond Harvest
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Brian Wahlbrink, co-owner of Sperry Farms Inc. and new chairman of the Almond Board of California, to discuss making the transition to off-ground almond harvest.
11:41
August 26, 2021
8/20/21 - MyAgLife Episode 79: Interview with Sarah Light about Understanding Herbicide Drift Symptoms in Hemp.
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Sarah Light, UCCE agronomy advisor in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties, to discuss recent research trials to improve understanding of herbicide drift symptoms on hemp.
12:20
August 19, 2021
8/13/21 - MyAgLife Episode 78: Interview with UCCE’s Daniele Zaccaria about Water Budgeting for Pistachio in a Drought Year
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Daniele Zaccaria, UCCE agricultural water management specialist, to discuss water budgeting for pistachio in a drought year and options that growers have for management
24:35
August 12, 2021
8/6/21 - MyAgLife Episode 77: Interview with Tri-Tech Ag Products, Inc.’s Eryn Wingate about Humic Acids in Organic Systems
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Eryn Wingate, agronomist with Tri-Tech Ag Products, Inc., to discuss humic acids and their potential benefits to organic planting systems.
21:54
August 5, 2021
7/30 /21 - MyAgLife Episode 76 : Interview with JCS Marketing Inc. CEO Jason Scott and Western Region CCA Board Chairs Jerome Pier and Karl Wyant about the Upcoming Crop Consultant Conference
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jason Scott, CEO of JCS Marketing Inc. and publisher of progressive Crop Consultant magazine, and Jerome Pier and Karl Wyant, current and incoming board chairs of Western Region Certified Crop Advisers Association, to discuss the upcoming Crop ConsultantConference on Sept. 16 and 17. This in-person two-day event will feature educational seminars with continuing education credits, an industry trade show, and live industry presentations.
22:18
July 29, 2021
7/23/21 - MyAgLife Episode 75: Interview with Wilbur-Ellis' Matt Comrey about a Multipronged Approach to Irrigation Management
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Matt Comrey, technical nutrition agronomist with Wilbur-Ellis Agribusiness, to discuss irrigation scheduling and maintenance in tree nut orchards.
29:52
July 22, 2021
7/16/21 - MyAgLife Episode 74: Interview with Almond Board of California’s Tim Birmingham and Guangwei Huang about Almond Stockpile Management
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Tim Birmingham, director of quality assurance and industry services at Almond Board of California, and Guangwei Huang, associate director of food research and technology, to discuss almond stockpile management for processors and growers.
27:47
July 15, 2021
7/9/21 - MyAgLife Episode 73: Interview with Meridian Growers’ Jim Zion about West Coast Port Congestion
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jim Zion, managing partner at Meridian Growers, to discuss congestion at West Coast ports and how tree nut shipments are being affected.
16:31
July 8, 2021
7/2/21 - MyAgLife Episode 72: Interview with UCCE’s Shulamit Shroder and Jessie Kanter about Cover Cropping to Achieve Management Goals
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Shulamit Shroder, UCCE community education specialist in Kern County, and Jessie Kanter with the UCCE Small Farms and Specialty Crops Program in Fresno County to discuss cover cropping to achieve management goals and lessons learned from recent cover crop trials in the San Joaquin Valley.
15:16
July 1, 2021
6/25/21 - MyAgLife Episode 71: Interview with UCCE’s Jhalendra Rijal about Managing Stink Bugs in Almond
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Jhalendra Rijal, UCCE IPM advisor for North San Joaquin Valley, to discuss stink bug management in almond, including monitoring for true bugs as well as predatory stink bugs.
24:09
June 24, 2021
6/18/21 - MyAgLife Episode 70: Interview with UCCE’s Franz Niederholzer about Reducing Dust and Potential Disease from Orchard Mowing
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Franz Niederholzer, UCCE orchard systems farm advisor for Colusa, Sutter and Yuba counties, to discuss proper timing and other considerations for orchard mowing to reduce dust and potential disease.
12:29
June 17, 2021
6/11/21 - MyAgLife Episode 69: Interview with UCCE’s Mark Bolda about the Challenges of Managing Fusarium in Strawberries
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.
19:37
June 10, 2021
6/4/21 - MyAgLife Episode 68: Interview with Superior Almond Hulling’s Kevin Long about the Pressures Almond Facilities are Facing with Harvest Congestion
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Kevin Long, general manager at Superior Almond Hulling, to discuss how almond facilities are coping with harvest congestion and preparing for bigger crops to come.
18:14
June 3, 2021
5/28/21 - MyAgLife Episode 67: Interview with UCCE’s Houston Wilson about Navel Orangeworm as a Candidate for Area-Wide Integrated Pest Management in California
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.
26:59
May 27, 2021
5/21/21 - MyAgLife Episode 66: Interview with UCCE’s Doug Amaral about Best Management Practices for Nitrogen Fertilization in Almonds
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Doug Amaral, UCCE farm advisor for Kings and Tulare counties, to discuss implementing best management practices for nitrogen fertilization in almonds.
18:28
May 20, 2021
5/14/21 - MyAgLife Episode 65: Interview with Gatzman Appraisal’s Janie Gatzman about Trends in California Tree Nut Property Values
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Janie Gatzman, a fourth-generation tree nut farmer and owner of Gatzman Appraisal, to discuss trends in California tree nut property values.
13:48
May 13, 2021
5/7/21 - MyAgLife Episode 64: Interview with Heliae Agriculture’s Karl Wyant about Biological Management Practices to Maximize Soil Quality
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.
17:47
May 6, 2021
4/30/21 - MyAgLife Episode 63: Interview with University of Connecticut’s Sandro Steinbach about Effects of the Trade War on the California Tree Nut Industry
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.
17:59
April 29, 2021
4/23/21 - MyAgLife Episode 62: Interview with WAPA’s Roger Isom about Proposed Pesticide Mill Taxes
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.
22:23
April 22, 2021
4/16/21 - MyAgLife Episode 61: Interview with Nematologist Kristi Sanchez about Root Lesion Nematode in Walnut
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Kristi Sanchez, nematologist with TriCal Diagnostics and TriCal, to discuss root lesion nematode in walnut.
19:14
April 15, 2021
4/9/21 - MyAgLife Episode 60: Interview with Hemp Grower James Knox about the Fundamentals of Hemp Nutrition
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with James Knox, owner of KLR farms, to discuss the fundamentals of hemp nutrition and how growers can meet nutrient needs for this crop.
21:47
April 8, 2021
4/2/21 - MyAgLife Episode 59: Interview with CCA Rich Kreps about Nutrition Plans for Pistachio Orchards
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with Rich Kreps, CCA, SSp. and contributing writer, to discuss nutrition plans for pistachio orchards and how growers can make better orchard nutrition decisions.
17:29
April 1, 2021
3/26/21 - MyAgLife Episode 58 – Interview with Heliae Agriculture’s Karl Wyant about Making Sense of Biostimulants
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.
20:50
March 25, 2021
3/26/21 - Enhancing Diamondback Moth Management with Mating Disruption / Progressive Crop Consultant March/April 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by UCCE Entomology and Biologicals Advisor Surendra K. Dara.
11:21
March 25, 2021
3/26/21 - TAC Panel Weighs in on Optimizing Orchard Profitability / West Coast Nut March 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
05:60
March 25, 2021
3/19/21 - MyAgLife Episode 57: Exclusive Interview with UCCE’s Jhalendra Rijal about Spring Season Pest Monitoring Activities in Almond Orchards
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.
30:08
March 18, 2021
3/19/21 - New Findings on Limb Dieback of Figs in California: Pruning Practices can help Protect from Disease Pathogen / Progressive Crop Consultant March/April 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by UCCE’s Themis J. Michailides, David Morgan and Giorgio Gusella.
08:43
March 18, 2021
3/12/21 - Chill, Heat and Choosing Male Pollinizers: A Complex Situation for Pistachio Growers / West Coast Nut March 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by associate editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:09
March 11, 2021
3/12/21 - Brown Marmorated Stink Bug in Hazelnut: Battle Between This Existing Pest and Growers Has Just Begun / West Coast Nut March 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Hazelnut Marketing Board.
07:25
March 11, 2021
3/12/21 - MyAgLife Episode 56: Exclusive Interview with Eryn Wingate about Tightening the Nitrogen Cycle in Organic Agriculture
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.
20:57
March 11, 2021
3/5/21 - A New Generation of Precision Spray Technology / Progressive Crop Consultant March/April 2021
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.
11:01
March 4, 2021
3/5/21- Smart Irrigation Technology can help with Water Management Decisions / West Coast Nut March 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by associate editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:51
March 4, 2021
3/5/21 - MyAgLife Episode 55: Exclusive Interview with Suterra’s Emily Symmes about Preserving Beneficials in the Orchard
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.
22:14
March 4, 2021
2/26/21 - Pesticide Use During Almond Bloom : Prevent Harm to Bees by Using Safer Sprays and Practices / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by editorial assistant intern Taylor Chalstrom.
06:25
February 25, 2021
2/26/21 - Centipedes and Millipedes in the Soil Food Web / Organic Farmer February/March 2021
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by contributing writer Danita Cahill.
09:14
February 25, 2021
2/26/21 - MyAgLife Episode 54: Exclusive Interview with UPL's Joe Vassios and UC Riverside's Jim Adaskaveg about Bacterial Blast and the Section 18 Renewal for the Bactericide Kasumin
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.
18:28
February 25, 2021
2/19/21 - Gill’s Mealybug in Pistachio: Experts Warn of Increased Presence in California Pistachio Orchards / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:59
February 19, 2021
2/19/21 - Adding Value in Hulling and Shelling / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:42
February 19, 2021
2/19/21 - Organic Almonds: Why and How from a Grower’s Perspective / Organic Farmer February/March 2021
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by editorial assistant intern Taylor Chalstrom.
07:45
February 18, 2021
2/19/21 - MyAgLife Episode 53: Exclusive Interview with Sun-Maid Technical Viticulturist Steve Vasquez about Weather Stations in Vineyards
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.
25:54
February 18, 2021
2/12/21 - Replanting an Almond Orchard : Address Physical, Chemical and Pest Challenges in Soil before Replanting / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
12:36
February 12, 2021
2/12/21 - Spring Season Pest Monitoring Activities in Almond Orchards / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Cost Nut by Jhalendra Rijal, Area IPM Advisor, UCCE &Statewide IPM Program, and Sudan Gyawaly, Associate Research Specialist, UCCE.
15:41
February 12, 2021
2/12/21 - Fundamentals of Hemp Nutrition : Growers Share Insights on Meeting the Nutrient Needs of Hemp Crops / Organic Farmer February/March 2021
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by contributing writer Danita Cahill.
08:15
February 12, 2021
2/12/21 - MyAgLife Episode 52: Exclusive Interview with Louise Ferguson, UC Davis, about Canopy Management in Pistachios
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.
26:59
February 12, 2021
2/5/21 - Don’t Cut Corners with Bot : Take an Integrated Approach to Avoid Limb Dieback and Yield Loss / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Vicky Boyd.
10:35
February 4, 2021
2/5/21 - Integrated Pest Management on a Budget : Costs and Values Must be Weighed when Economics Become Reality / West Coast Nut February 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:24
February 4, 2021
2/5/21 - Tightening the Nitrogen Cycling in Organic Agriculture: How to Meet Crop Nitrogen Needs without Impacting the Environment / Organic Farmer February/March 2021
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Eryn Wingate, Agronomist, Tri-Tech Ag Products Inc.
08:48
February 4, 2021
2/5/21 - MyAgLife Episode 51: Exclusive Interview with Almond Board of California's Drew Wolter on the Opportunities his New Position will Provide
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.
11:11
February 4, 2021
Pierce’s Disease in Grapevine: Identification and Control of Insect Vectors is Crucial to Control / Progressive Crop Consultant January/February 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by UCCE Area Viticulture Advisor Karl T. Lund.
12:56
January 28, 2021
MyAgLife Episode 49: Exclusive Interview with UCCE’s Sarah Light about Pests in Hemp
Taylor Chalstrom talks with Sarah Light, UCCE Agronomy Advisor in Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties, about pests in hemp and the crop and yield loss currently being assessed in this newer commodity.
12:41
January 28, 2021
MyAgLife Episode 50: Exclusive Interview with Vice President of Musco Family Olive Company Dennis Burreson about Diversifying your Operation with Olive Trees
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.
16:59
January 28, 2021
Growing with Mating Disruption: The New Standard for Navel Orangeworm IPM / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Emily J. Symmes, Ph.D., Senior Manager of Technical Field Services, Suterra.
18:06
January 21, 2021
Making Nitrogen and Potassium Fertilizer Decisions in Vineyards: The What, When and How Much for Applying Key Nutrients / Progressive Crop Consultant January/February 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Craig Macmillan, Ph.D., Macmillan Ag Consulting and Kris Beal, The Vineyard Team.
11:15
January 21, 2021
MyAgLife Episode 48: Exclusive Interview with UC Davis' Alireza Pourreza about Almond Yield Forecasting by Drone
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.
17:11
January 21, 2021
MyAgLife Episode 47: Exclusive Interview with JCS Marketing Inc.’s Jason Scott on the Upcoming 2021 California Walnut Conference
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).
10:06
January 15, 2021
Weather Station Use in Vineyards: Newly Developed Weather Technologies Provide Multiple Beneficial Insights to Growers / Progressive Crop Consultant January/February 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor Gabriel Torres and Technical Viticulturist Stephen Vasquez, Sun-Maid Growers.
15:25
January 15, 2021
Bacterial Blast in Almond: Pending Renewal of Kasumin Bactericide will be Key to Disease Mitigation / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:27
January 15, 2021
Almond Yield Forecasting by Drone: Virtual Orchard Technology Captures Light Interception for Improved Crop Forecasting / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Alireza Pourreza, Director, and Xin Zhang, Postdoctoral Scholar, Digital Agriculture Lab, UC Davis.
09:02
January 15, 2021
Leafing Failure Perplexes Experts: Multiple Causes are Likely Responsible for Almond Malady / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Vicky Boyd.
09:30
January 8, 2021
Spring Diseases Provide Challenge for Almond Growers: Weather Patterns can Determine Overall Disease Pressure / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
09:27
January 8, 2021
Soil Application of Fungicides in Strawberry: Study Looks at Drip Applications and Potential Impact on Crop Health and Yields / Progressive Crop Consultant Jan/Feb 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by UCCE Entomology and Biologicals Advisor Surendra Dara.
08:24
January 8, 2021
MyAgLife Episode 46: Exclusive Interview with UCCE’s George Zhuang on Winter Pruning and Disease Management in Vineyards
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.
27:36
January 8, 2021
MyAgLife Episode 45: Exclusive Interview with UCCE’s Surendra Dara on Applied Biostimulants in Strawberry
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.
08:51
December 31, 2020
Managing Soil Structure and Soil Quality: Physical and Chemical Management Practices to Maximize Soil Quality / Progressive Crop Consultant Jan/Feb 2021
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Dr. Karl Wyant, Board of Directors, Western Region Certified Crop Advisers.
10:52
December 31, 2020
Delaying Irrigation Offers Benefits in Walnuts and Almonds / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
07:52
December 31, 2020
Nurturing the Orchard Over Winter: Build Soil Carbon and Fertigate Early and Often with Phosphorus / West Coast Nut January 2021
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Rich Kreps, CCA, SSp.
05:27
December 31, 2020
Transpiration Uniformity as a Useful Metric for Tree Nut Growers / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by James McBride, Ph.D., Head of Science, Ceres Imaging.
06:50
December 23, 2020
Should Wetlands Be Regulated Like Factories?: Increased Regulatory Permitting May Force Unreasonable Compliance / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition.
05:13
December 23, 2020
Trap Crops in Pistachio: Unique Strategy Aims at Planting a Secondary Crop to Entice Insect Pests Away from Nut Crops / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
08:03
December 23, 2020
Creating the Optimum Compost: Proper Feedstocks and Treatment Are Essential for a Beneficial Blend / Organic Farmer December/January
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Editorial Assistant Intern Taylor Chalstrom.
08:59
December 23, 2020
Assessing the Accuracy and Precision of Commercial Ag Laboratories / My Ag Life Episode 44
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.
16:03
December 23, 2020
Planning for Spring Pest Management in Walnuts: Leaf-Out is the Time to Start Monitoring / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:46
December 18, 2020
Pests in Hemp: Crop and Yield Loss Still Being Assessed in this New Commodity / Organic Farmer December/January
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Sarah Light, UCCE Agronomy Advisor, Sutter, Yuba and Colusa counties.
04:30
December 18, 2020
Boron-Resistant Rootstock Research in Almond / My Ag Life Episode 43
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.
14:56
December 18, 2020
AgTech: Putting Local Weather Data to Work in your Orchards / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Seth Hansen, PCA, CCA.
09:30
December 11, 2020
Boron-Resistant Rootstock Research Shows Promise / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Kathy Coatney.
06:42
December 11, 2020
Almond Grower Banks on Regenerative Almond Orchard Practices / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Danita Cahill.
09:07
December 11, 2020
Considerations When Thinking About Transitioning to Certified Organic Production / Organic Farmer December/January
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Rex Dufour, NCAT/ATTRA.
08:58
December 11, 2020
Planning for Spring Pest Management in Walnuts / My Ag Life Episode 42
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.
23:49
December 11, 2020
Late Blight Concerns in Pistachios: Spray Early in the Season or It Is Too Late / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
08:09
December 4, 2020
Tariffs and Trade Barriers - What to Expect in 2021 / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Cathy Merlo.
12:23
December 4, 2020
Making the Most of Soil, Leaf and Water Sampling / West Coast Nut December 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
07:52
December 4, 2020
The Science Behind Regenerative Farming: Soil Health and Biodiversity Come First, Yield and Profit Will Follow / Organic Farmer December/January
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by contributing writer Danita Cahill.
09:41
December 4, 2020
Getting the Most Out of Your Navel Orangeworm Program / My Ag Life Episode 40
Taylor Chalstrom sits down with independent PCA Carla Youngblood and tree nut grower Chris Wylie to get a unique perspective on best management practices for navel orangeworm.
16:07
December 4, 2020
Nematode Research and Prevention with TriCal Diagnostics - Part 2 / My Ag Life Episode 41
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.
13:47
December 4, 2020
Why You Should Choose a Certified Crop Advisor / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Jerome Pier, Ph.D., CCA, PCA.
05:47
November 25, 2020
Anthracnose in Pistachios: Right Conditions Could Lead to Yield Loss in Newer Cultivars / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
08:15
November 25, 2020
Update on Potential Insect Vectors of Grapevine Red Blotch Virus in California Vineyards / Progressive Crop Consultant November/December 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Houston Wilson et. al., Asst. UCCE Specialist, Dept. of Entomology, UC Riverside.
10:03
November 25, 2020
2021 Almond Pollination Outlook: Economic Outlook and Other Considerations: Series of Natural Disasters May Impact Pollination Supplies for Coming Season / West Coast Nut November 2020
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.
20:46
November 25, 2020
Whole - Orchard Recycling in Almond : Early Nitrogen Fertilization is Important on First - Year, Second - Generation Trees / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Brent Holtz et al., UCCE County Director and Farm Advisor, San Joaquin county.
22:00
November 23, 2020
New Ag Employer Legislation for COVID - 19: Policies and Practices Will Be Required to Comply with New Laws / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Theresa Kiehn, acting President and CEO, AgSafe.
08:59
November 23, 2020
Nutrient Management and Crop Disease Prevention: Proper Supply of Essential Elements Increases Plant Strength / Progressive Crop Consultant November/December 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by contributing writer Eryn Wingate, CCA, Tri-Tech Ag Products.
10:56
November 23, 2020
Governor Newsom Responds to Devastating Wildfires: Can Agriculture Survive His Response? / My Ag Life Episode 38
Jason Scott sits down with Roger Isom, President and CEO of Western Agricultural Processors Association, to discuss new air legislation that can have big impacts on the California tree nut industry.
22:38
November 23, 2020
2021 Almond Pollination Outlook: Economic Outlook and Other Considerations / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Assistant UCCE Specialist Brittney K. Goodrich, UC Davis, and USDA-NIFA Postdoctoral Fellow Jennie L. Durant, UC Davis and University of Oregon.
16:10
November 13, 2020
Main Fungal Canker Diseases Affecting California Almonds / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Assistant UCCE Specialist Florent P. Trouillas, UC Davis.
09:57
November 13, 2020
Nutrient Tie-Up and Overload: Overapplying Nutrients and Soil Amendments is a Common Grower Mistake / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Rich Kreps, CCA, SSp.
07:10
November 13, 2020
Ultraviolet-C Light and Robotics for Autonomous Control of Strawberry Diseases, Insects and Mites / Progressive Crop Consultant November/December 2020
Listen to this article by Research Horticulturist/Lead Scientist Fumiomi Takeda, Ph.D., USDA-ARS, et al.
16:03
November 13, 2020
Important Workplace Regulations to Be Prepared for Now and Beyond / My Ag Life Episode 37
Jason Scott sits down with AgSafe’s new acting CEO and President Theresa Kiehn to discuss work place regulations on the horizon and how the nonprofit provides training and education to the industry.
20:29
November 13, 2020
2020 United We Stand California Tree Nut Conference Overview / My Ag Life Episode 36
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.
09:26
November 7, 2020
Consider Alternative Rootstocks for a More Profitable Almond Orchard / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Roger Duncan, UCCE, Stanislaus County.
11:36
November 7, 2020
Crown Gall a Vexing Issue for Walnut Growers: Resulting Rootstock Damage Can Subject Trees to Future Damage / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
08:19
November 7, 2020
Information to Help Make Irrigation Decisions in Orchards: Gather Resources and Information from 2020 Season to Make an Irrigation Plan for Next Year / West Coast Nut November 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Allan Fulton, UCCE Irrigation and Water Resources, Emeritus Advisor.
10:11
November 7, 2020
Fusarium Wilt of Tomato Race 3: New Management Options and Research into this Damaging Soil - Borne Wilt Disease / Progressive Crop Consultant November/December 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Kelley Paugh and Cassandra Swett, Vegetable Crop Pathology, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis.
11:28
November 7, 2020
Getting Started with a Hemp Operation: Processes and Regulations for New Hemp Growers / Organic Farmer October/November 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Contributing Writer Danita Cahill.
07:46
October 30, 2020
A New Look at Drying Harvested Almonds and Walnuts: Emerging Infrared Technology / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:10
October 30, 2020
No “One Size Fits All” for Soil Nutrition: Consultants and Growers Must Work Together to Find a Tailored Solution / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Contributing Writer Rich Kreps, CCA, SSp.
06:58
October 30, 2020
Postharvest Orchard Considerations : Orchard Sanitation and Review of Past Practices are Critical for Winter Preparation / Mid-Month Newsletter October 2020
Listen to this article from our Mid-Month Newsletter by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
09:30
October 30, 2020
Nematode Research and Prevention with TriCal Diagnostics / My Ag Life Episode 34
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.
25:23
October 30, 2020
UCCE Short Course: Upcoming Advances in Pistachio Production / My Ag Life Episode 35
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/.
10:29
October 30, 2020
The Role of Irrigation Technology in Your Future Orchard / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Almond Board of California.
06:40
October 23, 2020
Are You Prepared for a Cal/OSHA COVID Inspection? / West Coast Nut October 2020
 Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by AgSafe President and CEO Emerita Amy Wolfe.
09:32
October 23, 2020
“Plan Before You Plant” to Maintain Safe Spaces Between Power Lines and Trees / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by John Bolling, Orchard Vegetation Program Manager, PG&E.
07:58
October 23, 2020
Building Disease - Suppressive Soils for Organic Agriculture / Organic Farmer Oct./Nov. 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Eryn Wingate, CCA, Tri-Tech Ag Products Inc.
09:54
October 23, 2020
UC’s Houston Wilson Leads New Organic Agriculture Institute: Director Looks to Continue Supporting the State’s Organic Farming Economy / My Ag Life Episode 33
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.
25:38
October 23, 2020
Diamond of California Taps into the Underdeveloped Market for Snack Walnuts / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Diamond Foods Chief Marketing Officer Craig Tokusato.
07:41
October 16, 2020
Victory Gardens Surge During COVID - 19 Pandemic: Century - Old Movement Makes a Return as Public Looks for Sustainable Food Options / Organic Farmer October/November
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Editorial Assistant Intern Taylor Chalstrom.
06:22
October 16, 2020
Variety and Rootstock Decisions in a Newly Planted Orchard: Consider Field History, Climate and Pest Issues Before Making Rootstock and Variety Selections / My Ag Life Episode 32
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.
22:41
October 16, 2020
Pressure Chamber Gauges Tree Water Stress, Helping Fine - tune Orchard Irrigation / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Vicky Boyd.
10:19
October 16, 2020
Advancing Crop Nutrition: Technologies for Increasing Nutrient Efficiency / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Seth Hansen, CCA.
08:41
October 9, 2020
The Role of Irrigation Technology in Your Future Orchard / My Ag Life Episode 31
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.
20:21
October 9, 2020
Nematode Infestations in Walnuts: Strategies for Minimizing Nematodes When Establishing New Orchards / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
10:07
October 9, 2020
New Tool for Predicting Nitrogen Needs in Walnuts: Early-Season Leaf Sampling Protocol Helps Guide In-Season Nitrogen Adjustments / My Ag Life Episode 30
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.
15:17
October 2, 2020
Managing Weeds with Propane-Powered Heat Technology / Organic Farmer October/November 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Michael Newland, Propane Education and Research Council.
07:11
October 2, 2020
Winter Sanitation in Pistachios: Even with Two Shakes, Growers Should Focus on Sanitation / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
07:11
October 2, 2020
Almond Postharvest To-do List: What to Look for as 2020 Harvest Comes to an End / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Kathy Coatney.
09:42
October 2, 2020
Current and Future Applications of Unmanned Aircraft Systems in Precision Agriculture / West Coast Nut October 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Gregory Kriehn, Ph.D., CSU Fresno.
11:51
October 2, 2020
Creating Habitat for Beneficials to Control Aphids in Pecans / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by NCAT Sustainable Agriculture Specialist Rex Dufour.
06:52
September 24, 2020
Program Updates: Adapting to the Times and Preparing for the Future / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by American Pecan Council.
05:28
September 24, 2020
How Citrus Pests Develop Resistance to Insecticides / Progressive Crop Consultant September/October 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Beth Grafton-Cardwell, Ph.D., UC Riverside.
08:49
September 24, 2020
“Plan Before You Plant” to Maintain Safe Spaces Between Power Lines and Trees / My Ag Life Episode 29
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.
17:40
September 24, 2020
Grape Berry Ripening and Preharvest Management / Progressive Crop Consultant September/October 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by UCCE Viticulture Farm Advisor George Zhuang, Fresno County.
06:04
September 17, 2020
Organic Pistachio Production at Nichols Farms: Site Selection Helps Overcome Pest and Nutrition Challenges / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
08:54
September 17, 2020
New Incentives Help Tree Nut Industry Comply with Truck Air Quality Rules / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Roger Isom, President and CEO, and Christopher McGlothlin, Director of Technical Services, Western Agricultural Processors Association.
05:20
September 17, 2020
Early Management of Grapevine Powdery Mildew: Sound Fungicide Program is Critical to Prevent a Recurrence of Last Year’s Outbreak / My Ag Life Episode 28
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.
24:46
September 17, 2020
A Streamlined NEPA Process: Californians May Be One Step Closer to Critical Infrastructure Improvements and a More Reliable Water Supply / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition.
04:33
September 10, 2020
Research Examines Biochar Potential: Soil Amendment Could Provide Outlet for Almond Waste Byproducts / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:03
September 10, 2020
Autonomous Predictions of Vineyard Yield: Machine - learning Modeling of Remote Sensing and Historical Data Assist at the Block Level / Progressive Crop Consultant September/October 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Luca Brillante, Department of Viticulture and Enology, CSU Fresno.
12:08
September 10, 2020
Postharvest Nutrition in Tree Nut Crops: What to Do as Nutrition Budgets Tighten / My Ag Life Episode 27
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.
11:49
September 10, 2020
Can Trunk Paint Mitigate Herbicide Damage in Young Almond Trees? / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by UCCE Junior Specialist Drew Wolter, UC Davis.
05:20
September 4, 2020
Innovations in Pistachio Harvest: Researchers Apply Technologies to Learn About Harvest Efficiency / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Associate Editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:44
September 4, 2020
Argentine Ant Biology and Management in Citrus / Progressive Crop Consultant September/October
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by Biological Control Extension Specialist Mark S. Hoddle, UC Riverside.
11:06
September 4, 2020
Virus Pathogens: Challenges to the Health of Vegetable Crops / My Ag Life Episode 26
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.
14:55
September 4, 2020
Heat Illness Prevention During the Pandemic / West Coast Nut August 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Amy Wolfe, President and CEO Emerita, AgSafe.
08:29
August 27, 2020
Some Basic Truths About NOW in Almond: An Overview of the Four - Component System of Navel Orangeworm Management / West Coast Nut August 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Joel P. Siegel, USDA-ARS Research Entomologist and Robert Van Steenwyk, UCCE Entomology Specialist Emeritus.
07:26
August 27, 2020
Soil Inoculants and a Healthy Orchard Ecosystem / West Coast Nut August 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Rich Kreps, CCA, SSp.
06:48
August 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, PCA and CCA, Vice Chair of Western Region CCA and Director of Ag Science, Heliae Agriculture.
05:36
August 27, 2020
The Bee Corp - My Ag Life Episode 25
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.
21:23
August 27, 2020
4Rs of Nitrogen Management in Walnuts : Consider the Inputs and Outputs of Nitrogen When Putting Together a Plan / West Coast Nut August 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Julie R. Johnson.
09:58
August 20, 2020
Preparing for Pistachio Harvest: With a Billion - Pound Crop Looming, Growers Should Plan Ahead for Harvest Season / West Coast Nut August 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Mitch Lies.
06:21
August 20, 2020
Codling Moth Wreak Havoc on Early Walnut Crop: Large First Flight this Year May have Impacts on Walnut Yields
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by associate editor Cecilia Parsons.
07:48
August 20, 2020
Overview of Biostimulants in Permanent Crops – My Ag Life Episode 24
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.
07:42
August 20, 2020
Virtual 2020 Crop Consultant Conference Coming Sept. 17 and 18 – My Ag Life Episode 23
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.
23:06
August 20, 2020
Urban Farmers Find Unique Ways to Remain Profitable – My Ag Life Episode 22
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.
18:19
August 14, 2020
A Look at Newer Hazelnut Varieties: Some Considerations When Deciding Between Jefferson, Yamhill and PollyO / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by contributing writer Danita Cahill.
07:05
August 14, 2020
Getting Started with Cover Crops in Almond Systems / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Amélie Gaudin, UC Davis Dept. of Plant Sciences.
10:40
August 14, 2020
Overview of Biostimulants in Permanent Crops / West Coast Nut September 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by UCCE Nutrient Management and Soil Quality Farm Advisor Joy Hollingsworth.
08:27
August 14, 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.
08:44
August 6, 2020
Urban Farmers Find Unique Ways to Remain Profitable / Organic Farmer August/September 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Kathy Coatney.
10:43
August 6, 2020
Western Ag’s Creative Strategies During COVID-19 Pandemic / Organic Farmer August/September 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by Stacie Clary.
12:05
August 6, 2020
Tree Nut Theft is Back – My Ag Life Episode 21
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.
21:39
August 6, 2020
Some Basic Truths about NOW in Almonds – My Ag Life Episode 20
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.
30:36
July 30, 2020
Lettuce Dieback: New Virus Found to be Associated with Soilborne Disease in Lettuce / Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by William M. Wintermantel, USDA-ARS, Salinas.
09:04
July 30, 2020
Virus Pathogens: Challenges to the Health Vegetable Crops / Progressive Crop Consultant July/August 2020
Listen to this article from Progressive Crop Consultant by TriCal Diagnostics Director Steven Koike.
12:52
July 30, 2020
Marketing During a Pandemic: American Pecans Target Social Distancing Food Trends / West Coast Nut 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by the American Pecan Council.
04:46
July 30, 2020
Funding Shovel - Ready Water Projects Can Help California Recover More Quickly / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article in West Coast Nut from Mike Wade, California Farm Water Coalition.
04:38
July 23, 2020
Ensuring a Safe Harvest: Understanding Rules and Risks to Help Bring Crops in Safely / West Coast Nut July 2020
Listen to this article from West Coast Nut by Amy Wolfe of AgSafe. 
07:47
July 23, 2020
Cover Crops in California Agriculture - My Ag Life Episode 19
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.
14:09
July 23, 2020
Walnut Husk Fly Populations on the Rise - My Ag Life Episode 18
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.
13:21
July 16, 2020
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.
23:33
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
06:46
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
09:06
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
09:45
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
15:36
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
09:15
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
07:54
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
09:36
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 
09:13
June 27, 2020
Monitoring Beneficial Birds In Pests- My AG Life Ep 15
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.
08:57
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.
08:14
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.
07:31
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.
09:43
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
12:26
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.
09:23
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.
09:36
May 28, 2020
National Organic Producers Surveys Released - Organic Farmer April 2020
Listen to this article from Organic Farmer by  Vicky Lowell.
03:23
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.
08:49
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.
11:57
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.
14:46
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.
04:40
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.
10:42
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.
07:14
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.
07:54
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.
14:21
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.
27:37
May 4, 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.
09:12
May 2, 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.
07:51
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.
06:29
May 2, 2020
Episode 00 - 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!
00:30
March 13, 2020