As with any business venture, there are associated risks and costs to growing California Almonds. Budgeting and scheduling theoretically lead to a stable financial base, but throw in an unexpected frost or higher-than-normal disease pressure, and it becomes a topsy-turvy roller coaster ride virtually overnight.
To help smooth out some of these hills and valleys associated with the dynamics of farming, our field operations have been changing by implementing simple new methods of conservation in water management, nutrient application and timing. This is all based on test trial results funded and published by the Almond Board of California. The most critical changes have been on timing, timing and timing. We have increased the efficiency of our irrigations with no additional costs and cut our applied pounds of nitrogen per acre by almost 40% and potash by 20%.
At the end of the day, as farmers we are conservers and stewards of our resources, and that directly contributes to the sustainability of the lands we farm and live on, and strengthens the industry in which we make our living.
The Almond Conference is where you can learn first about the important discoveries being made that lead to more efficient and effective almond-growing practices. Come to Sacramento this year for the 40th annual Almond Conference, Dec. 11–13.
Dinesh Bajaj, Member
Almond Board of California