The Current Drought in California, And What Can Be Done About It

June 22, 2021 / 1 Comment
Split dry ground.

Droughts are not uncommon in California. In fact, there have been several long-term droughts over the past century. However, the drought that we are currently experiencing is the first to occur since the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) and is affecting the entire state, with 41 states experiencing emergency-level conditions.  […]

E. Coli: Preventing Pathogens From Getting Into Produce

June 22, 2021 / Comments Off on E. Coli: Preventing Pathogens From Getting Into Produce
A pink plastic salad bowl of green lettuce

In 2018, an outbreak of Escherichia coli in romaine lettuce was linked to 210 cases of food poisoning, 96 hospitalizations, and 5 deaths. This was a tragic event in itself, but had far-reaching effects on the industry, as consumers became terrified of consuming lettuce. Understanding how E. coli infiltrates vegetables […]

Leafy Green & Lettuce Varieties You Should Add To Your Lineup

June 22, 2021 / Comments Off on Leafy Green & Lettuce Varieties You Should Add To Your Lineup
A bunch of purple-and-green Japanese spinach

California is the primary producer of spinach in the United States, with the main hotspot located in the Salinas Valley on California’s Central Coast. For growers who specialize in green leaves and vegetables, new seed varieties could offer a competitive edge in growing leafy greens while increasing resistance to pests […]

Grape Yield Problems (and Suggested Solutions)

June 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Grape Yield Problems (and Suggested Solutions)
Bunches of green grapes on a vine in the daytime.

Grape productivity is typically measured by grape yield per acre, expressed in tons. And while it’s not always possible to predict the exact yield you’ll produce each year, there are several things you can do to optimize grape production and ensure a crop of healthy grapes. How Many Grapes per […]

Aphids & Leafy Greens: What You Need to Know

June 17, 2021 / 1 Comment
Aphids on a green stalk.

Aphids… Those sticky little green critters that bug commercial growers and home gardeners whenever there’s a green leafy plant in sight. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do to get on top of aphids and even prevent an infestation. Here are the University of California’s top tips for integrated aphid […]

How Broadleaf Weeds Harm Spinach Growth

June 17, 2021 / Comments Off on How Broadleaf Weeds Harm Spinach Growth
A bowl of loose spinach leaves and a hand blender with green residue.

Broadleaf weeds compete with spinach in the field and make machine-harvesting next to impossible. Whether you grow spinach for the fresh or processed/frozen market, you’ll need to address the issue of broadleaf weeds as part of your spinach plant care plan. Here, we’ll describe the kinds of weeds to look […]

Orchard Equipment That Makes a Difference

June 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Orchard Equipment That Makes a Difference
An orchard tractor driving between two rows of apple trees in the daytime.

Orchard equipment has evolved a lot over the past hundred years from the Baby Caterpillar “18” crawler of 1914 to the robot harvesters being developed today. As always, each piece of equipment has been developed to solve a specific problem or to suit a specific orchard setup. Here are eight […]

Demand for California Avocados is High This Year: Here’s Why

May 19, 2021 / Comments Off on Demand for California Avocados is High This Year: Here’s Why
Green uncut California avocados

We often don’t think of marketing as something that’s necessary for edible produce. After all, doesn’t a crate of ripe, creamy avocados entice customers all on its own? The reality that we’ve seen this year is that marketing California avocados really does increase sales. Here are some key facts on […]

The Cicadas Are Back: Here’s How They May Affect Agriculture

May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on The Cicadas Are Back: Here’s How They May Affect Agriculture
A cicada perched on a tree branch during the daytime

17 years ago in 2004, “Brood X” of cicadas (named for the number 10 in Latin) spent a busy few weeks mating, then the nymphs headed underground to feed and grow — until now. In May 2021, the matured nymphs are expected to make a reappearance that will primarily take […]

4 Potential Lemon Tree Problems and What To Do About Them

May 12, 2021 / Comments Off on 4 Potential Lemon Tree Problems and What To Do About Them
Two large, yellow lemons on a lemon tree in the daytime

There are several kinds of lemon tree problems that are common in California. Fortunately, many of them can be prevented through the cultivation of the soil and attention to climatic conditions. Read on to learn about four potential lemon tree problems and what to do about them. Waterlogged Roots In […]