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The Almond Conference to Feature Sustainability, Pest Management, Field Quality and Pollination

Addressing issues of high importance to the California Almond industry, symposium panels will highlight sustainability, pest management, field quality issues, and honey bees and pollination during The Almond Conference, to be held Dec. 3–5 in Sacramento.

During the first symposium, on Wednesday morning, the first comprehensive report on the California Almond Sustainability Program (CASP) will be given, and will illustrate the range of sustainable practices being used in almonds. The report utilizes data collected so far to assess growing practices and their relative impact on resource issues, including water, air, energy, bees, tree nutrition and pest management, to explain where the industry excels and where opportunities for improvement exist.

Later that evening, a symposium on field quality will look at updated guidelines for stockpile management, coping with harvest rains, and ongoing research results for managing concealed damage.

Thursday morning’s first symposium features a big-picture panel discussion on honey bees and pollination. The symposium takes a comprehensive look at the factors that impact honey bee health and supply; how almond growers can contribute to ensuring bee health and supplies through grower best management practices; bee contracting and hive inspection; planting honey bee forage crops; and developing a solid partnership with beekeepers.

The second symposium Thursday morning will look at new developments in the areas of pest management, including insects, weeds and diseases.

In addition to the main sessions, workshops on water use and nitrogen management will cover two topics of critical importance to almond growers.

The workshop “Irrigation Strategies for Drought Management” will look at new information on best practices for season-long water management under different water availability scenarios. Growers will also learn more about irrigation scheduling and other ways to fine-tune irrigation practices.

Another workshop, “Nitrogen Management and Budgeting,” will help growers with information to implement an updated in-season nitrogen budget model. Growers will also hear about the latest requirements of the expanded Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program.

Register for The Almond Conference at AlmondConference.com, then browse through the complete program to plan your attendance.

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