New ways of managing plant-parasitic nematodes under study

May 7, 2019

Andreas Westphal, Department of Nematology, University of California, Riverside, Parlier, CA Walnut production is most productive on deep-rooting uniform soils with good water-holding capacity. Such soils are also conducive to infestations of plant-parasitic nematodes. Currently, the key pest of concern in walnut plantings is root lesion nematode (Pratylenchus vulnus). In…

Managing Bot Disease in Walnuts

February 27, 2019

Themis Michailides In the last decade or so, walnut growers started experiencing yield reductions at a time when they expected increasing yields in orchards reaching full production. A close examination of the trees in a number of orchards revealed a plethora of dead spurs and shoots on the trees beyond…

Snacking Walnuts Healthy Trend

Fresh Snacking is on the Rise

January 17, 2019

That’s right, fresh snacking is on the rise! It’s the new normal and here to stay. In fact, 50% of all eating occasions are now snacks. A December Mintel report states that 94% of adults snack daily, which raises the question, what are those other 6% up to? Interestingly, the…

Lemony Zucchini Salad with Walnuts

Plant Based Eating is on the Rise

November 26, 2018

Plant-based eating may not be entirely mainstream yet, but it is becoming more of a norm every day. It’s moved beyond a fad and become a trend, delivering on current hot button issues: health, diet, environment, ethics and science. But you may be wondering what exactly is plant-based eating? The…

California walnuts booth

Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo Recap

November 26, 2018

In October, the California Walnut Commission (CWC) joined 11,000 registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs), nutrition science researchers, policy makers, industry leaders, influencers, and the media at the annual Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) – the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts. This group is an important segment…

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