We provide a variety of services and information to help you as either producers or landholders to improve your on-farm productivity and sustainability.
In order to maximize production of high quality fruits and nuts and increase grower profitability there are a broad range of practices we perform.
We attend regular training to keep up to date with the farming industry. We also have a PCA(Pesticide Control Agent) who gives us recommendations by checking the orchards. To ensure we are performing all the right steps for that crop to reach the highest quality possible.
Trees require nutrients to live and thrive. When one or more of these nutrients are deficient in the soil, the tree will not reach its full landscape potential, will be more susceptible to disease and insect problems, and will have a shorter life than a similar, well-fertilized tree. Leaf analysis (also called stem leaf analysis, tissue analysis or foliar analysis) is the most precise method of monitoring plant nutrient levels. While soil analysis reveals the levels of essential soil nutrients, leaf analysis shows the grower exactly what the plant has successfully absorbed.
All fruit and nut crops will have some potential pest and disease problems. It is essential to monitor crops for pests and diseases as well as the incidence of beneficial insects. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective combination of chemical, cultural (such as, farm management practices) and biological methods to keep, weeds, insect pest numbers, disease pressure and other crop production problems low enough to prevent significant economic loss.
We have trained and licensed sprayers that apply the required chemical to the orchards. Timing and amount of chemical is critical for the crop to grow and produce properly.
First, the orchard floor is rolled or dragged clean of twigs, rocks and other orchard debris. Then the nuts are removed from the tree by a mechanical shaker. After they have been shaken to the ground, walnuts are swept in rows to allow mechanical harvesters to pick them up for cleaning and hulling.
After hulling and washing, the nuts are transferred from the harvester into a hopper where they are mechanically dehydrated (air-dried) to the desirable 8% moisture level. This prevents deterioration of the nut and protects its quality during storage.
Soil moisture sensors are great tools to aid in irrigation management. They provide feedback on the movement and depth of moisture within the soil, providing the ability to identify the proper duration of irrigation. Proper use relies on a thorough understanding of the soil characteristics of the orchard, which include soil type, water holding capacity, and salinity level.