New Fruit Sorting Options That Will Change the Way You Do Business

March 25, 2021 / Comments Off on New Fruit Sorting Options That Will Change the Way You Do Business
A box of perfectly ripe strawberries.

The Pomegranate Sorting Technique that Went Viral on Twitter On June 26, 2020, a video posted by Vala Afshar on Twitter depicting a simple fruit-sorting system went viral. In the video, a man rolled individual pomegranates down a set of rods that increased in distance, dropping the pomegranates directly into […]

The Benefits of Peptides

March 23, 2021 / Comments Off on The Benefits of Peptides
Green lamb’s lettuce with small droplets of water.

The greatest challenge of agriculture is producing a thriving, nutrient-rich crop without harming the workers, consumers, and the environment in the process. Spearheaded by the Noble Research Institute, new research into peptides for plant health looks promising as an alternative to conventional pesticides and antibiotics. What Are Peptides? Peptides are […]

California Red Scale: What It Is, and What To Do About It

March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on California Red Scale: What It Is, and What To Do About It
A large yellow lemon on the tree in the daytime

There are two kinds of scales (a small insect) that settle on citrus trees in California, causing damage to fruit, leaves, and even the trees themselves. These are the California red scale (Aonidiella aurantii) and yellow scale (Aonidiella citrina). Currently, the California red scale or citrus red scale is a […]

What’s New in Crop Protection Measures

March 19, 2021 / Comments Off on What’s New in Crop Protection Measures
Rows of apple-tree spindles under a hail net in the daytime.

Crop protection is an ongoing challenge for California’s fruit, vegetable, and tree nut growers. Unfavorable climate conditions, depleted soil, pests, and bacterial and fungal diseases can ruin part and even all of a crop — causing significant losses for growers and raising prices for consumers. At a time when many […]

Getting The Soil Just Right For Organic Stone Fruit Production

March 17, 2021 / Comments Off on Getting The Soil Just Right For Organic Stone Fruit Production
Purple plums in a wooden barrel.

Vernon Peterson, an organic grower at Abundant Harvest, quickly discovered after transitioning to organic agriculture that soil health was essential for growing healthy stone fruit. In an interview with Growing Produce, he explained: “In order to farm organic fruit, soil is your No. 1 concern,” he says. “If you get […]

Identifying Stone Fruit Bacterial Diseases

March 17, 2021 / 1 Comment
A mature peach on a tree, unaffected by stone fruit diseases.

Stone fruit diseases are many and varied, but they typically come from four main origins: Phytoplasmas Fungus Bacteria Unknown origin Knowing which kind of disease you’re dealing with can help you identify effective methods of prevention and control to protect your fruit and avoid a loss. Here, we’ll take a […]

The FGS Guide to Different Types of Plums

March 8, 2021 / Comments Off on The FGS Guide to Different Types of Plums
Purple plum varieties hanging from a tree branch in the daytime.

Who doesn’t love biting into the soft, juicy flesh of a fresh plum? These early to late summer favorites make the perfect snack for picnics in the park, delicious plum pies, prunes, and prune juice for year-round enjoyment. In 2014, fresh plum crops in California were worth $68,475,000 without counting […]

The Benefits of Fruiting Walls

January 13, 2021 / Comments Off on The Benefits of Fruiting Walls
Apples growing on a fruit wall

If you were to stroll through the streets and laneways of the Parisian suburb of Montreuil in the 1870s, you would find yourself lost in a maze of 300 hectares of fruiting peach walls. The walls themselves were 2.5-3m tall and more than half a meter wide, covered in limestone […]

Frost Damage: What You Need to Know

January 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Frost Damage: What You Need to Know
A fruiting branch covered in ice can become frost damaged.

Frost damage can become a problem when cold temperatures occur suddenly in spring and autumn — killing shoots, buds, flowers, and bark and giving them a scorched appearance. Fortunately, new growth usually comes through by summer to replace the frost-damaged plant tissues. Here are some facts about frost damage and […]

Biostimulants: What They Are & How To Use Them

January 11, 2021 / Comments Off on Biostimulants: What They Are & How To Use Them
Biostimulants include algae and seaweed.

There are numerous challenges facing the agriculture and horticulture industries today, many of which are a direct result of industrial activity and climate change. Unsurprisingly, the things that put more stress on humans — more extreme temperatures, increasing amounts of radiation, heavy metals, soil salinity, and pollution — put more […]