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  RELATED INFORMATION
Drought Management
The High Cost of Aflatoxins Fact Sheet

Deficit Irrigation

Trees can tolerate moderate drought stress during the two months prior to harvest without risk of crop loss. Moderate water stress at this time provides three additional benefits: lower potential for hull rot, a more uniform hull split leading to an earlier harvest, and an earlier harvest can help minimize crop exposure to late-season navel orangeworm flights and potential aflatoxin contamination.

External Links:

UC Crop Irrigation Strategies for Almonds provides guidelines for deficit irrigation under different water availability scenarios.

UC Irrigation Scheduling provides information on scheduling using evapotranspiration rates, soil moisture monitoring and plant-based irrigation scheduling.

UC developing Web site for drought water management in almonds” (article in Western Farm Press magazine)

The Pomology Post, Volume 56, June 2008, “Hull Rot Management on Almonds” by Brent Holtz, UCCE Madera

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