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For All the Almonds Newsletter | August 2020, Issue 7
Shelling Out Useful, Real-World Almond Knowledge

As we move into harvest and post-harvest, it's time to start thinking about next season. Keep reading for advice from Wilbur-Ellis, tailored to every almond orchard's needs. With the help of Wilbur-Ellis products and agronomic expertise, you're sure to get the best solutions for your orchard.
 

In June 2020, we kicked off Wilbur-Ellis’ 100th Anniversary celebration – and we’re inviting our friends to join us.   
 
Customers, business partners, and retirees are all invited, as we count down to our 100th anniversary on June 29, 2021. We hope you’ll check out our new 100th Anniversary website.

We also hope you’ll participate in our Giving Program, which benefits the Red Cross in the U.S., Canada and Asia-Pacific, the areas where Wilbur-Ellis has employees and operations. Over the next 12 months, we’ll post a new question each month about how we can continue to grow, innovate, give, and evolve – the themes of our celebration. For each response submitted through our 100th anniversary website, the company will make a donation to the Red Cross. 

As you can see, it’s going to be a special year – and we hope you’ll be a part of it! Thank you for your support over the years.

Visit our 100th Year Celebration Website
Post-Harvest Orchard Management in Almonds
Just because the nuts are finally off the ground does not mean that almond growers are finished with the 2020 season. Post-harvest is an EXTREMELY important time in almond production particularly in a year with big harvests coming of most orchards. We need to take every step possible to keep healthy, photosynthetically active leaves on the trees for as long as possible. Research by Patrick Brown, Sebastian Saa and others has shown that heavily fruiting spurs have lower winter survival and return bloom than non-fruiting spurs and this is believed to be in part due to much lower starch concentration in fruiting spurs.
How do we get starch back into fruiting spurs? Photosynthesis! The two most important considerations to keep leaves active are post-harvest irrigation and post-harvest nutrition.

Post-harvest irrigation is one of the most important irrigation evens in the almond production cycle. Get those roots wet and feeder roots active ASAP after harvest. In orchards with dual drip irrigation lines, get water on the early harvested variety first and don’t wait for the later varieties to be harvested, if possible. It is imperative to keep leaves functioning at their peak capacity to pump carbohydrates back into the fruiting spurs and to be receptive to post-harvest foliar nutrient sprays.

Post-harvest nutrition typically involves a light rate of soil-applied nitrogen (30-40 lbs./acre) with the first or second post-harvest irrigation. If July leaf nitrogen levels were above about 2.5%, then growers trying to save money in a downside market may back off this treatment.
The window between harvest and early leaf senescence is an ideal time to set the stage nutritionally for next years bloom, pollination, and fruit set with a timely packaged foliar nutrient application. Six years of third party replicated research trials has shown than MAX SET NURISH 7-2-16-0.4 Zn applied at 5 gallons per acre plus FOLIGRO Boron 10% applied at 2-4 quarts per acre increased yields the following year by an average of 342 lbs./acre or 12.9%!  See your Wilbur-Ellis agronomist for more details.
In five out of six trials, fall foliar application of MAX SET NURISH saw an average yield increase of nearly 342 lbs. and 12.9%.
Carl Bruice, Wilbur-Ellis National Nutritional Technical Manager
Learn More!
To learn more about which products are right for you, visit almonds.wilburellis.com, or contact your local Wilbur-Ellis PCA/Agronomist
 
Stay tuned for next month’s newsletter and remember,
You Can’t Win Them All, But You Can Win Your Almonds
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