Plant Virus Detection and Treatment

January 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Plant Virus Detection and Treatment
Bottles of lemon, orange, and apple juice with a knitted beanie.

We often think of plants as helping us raise our own immunity against common viruses like cold and flu. However, plants can be infected with diseases, too. While the study of plant viruses is fairly recent, infectious plant diseases have been around for some time. Read on to learn more […]

What is the Integrated Crop Pollination Project?

January 5, 2021 / Comments Off on What is the Integrated Crop Pollination Project?
Bee pollinator feeding on a white flower in the daytime.

There is one thing that specialty crop growers know extremely well: If there isn’t adequate pollination, there won’t be a bumper crop. The wind often helps with this annual process, especially if the pollinating trees are placed upwind and not far from the trees to be pollinated. But mostly, we […]

The Modern Necessity of Social Media in Tree-Fruit Growing

January 1, 2021 / Comments Off on The Modern Necessity of Social Media in Tree-Fruit Growing
New York Times recipe post on Facebook.

In times gone by, your parents and grandparents knew exactly where to find their customers. Generally, it was at the weekly trip to the Wednesday market or sitting on their porch, waiting for the truck of fresh produce to pass by. Now, with farms covering more acreage and separated from […]

The Most Common Fruit Pests, And How To Handle Them

December 28, 2020 / Comments Off on The Most Common Fruit Pests, And How To Handle Them

Experienced growers of stone fruits and citrus will be well acquainted with the pests that tend to affect their crops and effective strategies for protecting the harvest. However, for novice orchardists and conventional growers who are looking for new techniques and bee-friendly measures, this quick-reference list of citrus pests and […]

The Downlow on Gray Mold: How to Keep it Out Of Your Fruit Crop

December 4, 2020 / Comments Off on The Downlow on Gray Mold: How to Keep it Out Of Your Fruit Crop
close up stawberry

The cool, damp climate conditions throughout winter provide the perfect backdrop for cups of tea and home-baked goods. Unfortunately, these conditions also provide the perfect breeding ground for gray mold to form on crops as well as harvested produce. Visible as brown spots and then as a fuzzy gray coating […]

The Healthy Harvest Program: What It Is and How It’s Helping

December 4, 2020 / Comments Off on The Healthy Harvest Program: What It Is and How It’s Helping
California Department of Food and Agriculture recommends frequent hand-washing.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture, in partnership with the California Fresh Fruit Association, local counties, and others, have initiated the Healthy Harvest program to support food workers at every level of the supply chain in staying well and keeping others well during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discover the highlights […]

California’s Fruit PAC: How They Make a Difference Behind the Scenes

December 4, 2020 / Comments Off on California’s Fruit PAC: How They Make a Difference Behind the Scenes
California Fresh Fruit Association helps growers, packers, and shippers.

The opening of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 marked an important turning point in California’s agricultural history — large quantities of fresh citrus, berries, tree-fruits, and tree-nuts could now be transported from the center of production on the west coast to the bustling cities on the east coast. As growers […]

An Intro to Pistachio Growing

December 4, 2020 / Comments Off on An Intro to Pistachio Growing
A pistachio nut tree branch.

Of all of the nuts on supermarket shelves, pistachios are probably the most fun to eat. Merely sitting down with a packet of in-shell pistachios is enough to help you feel more relaxed — shelling and eating pistachios is a great activity to enjoy with friends, too! In California, we […]

Our Guide to PACA: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act

November 24, 2020 / Comments Off on Our Guide to PACA: The Perishable Agricultural Commodities Act
An open produce truck outside in the daytime.

As a grower, you know how important it is to be paid promptly for your produce. You have workers to pay, supplies to purchase, and machinery and facilities to maintain. Usually, buyers have 10 days from the date of receipt of produce to pay for the goods “promptly” and up […]

How Healthier Restaurant Menus are Transforming the Business

November 24, 2020 / Comments Off on How Healthier Restaurant Menus are Transforming the Business
Basil-topped pizza appearing in healthy restaurant menus.

Since the beginning of the 20th century, vegetable and fruit agriculture has been heading in the direction of homogenization — with the arrival of genetically-modified varieties in 1973 only accelerating the process. However, customer demand for healthy restaurant menus has begun to turn the tide in the opposite direction with […]