In early September much of California experienced excessive heat, including many avocado growing regions. Understandably, due to this extreme heat some trees are experiencing severe damage. The California Avocado Commission immediately contacted the United States Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency to pursue possible funding for growers under the Tree Assistance Program.
Experts gathered at Pine Tree Ranch to shoot a video addressing how California avocado growers can best prepare for heat events, which have become a more frequent occurrence throughout the state. The three California avocado experts discussed the most recent heat wave and its impact on the California avocado industry. Learn more.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, avocado seed weevil are of high concern because the pests could arrive in the U.S. within imported avocados from Mexico and Colombia. To proactively address the invasive threat of avocado seed weevils, a research program to identify pheromones released by male weevils was launched.
California avocado grove maintenance includes removing diseased trees and thinning the orchard — but growers often are faced with an additional challenge having completed those processes: avocado suckers. Learn more about best practices that will help you remove avocado suckers without doing harm to neighboring trees in the grove.
The Ventura County Resource Conservation District is launching an Interactive Irrigation Management program to reduce the leaching of nitrogen into surface and groundwater. The program will work with growers to track nutrient and irrigation management, determine whether nitrogen leaching is occurring and, if so, help them implement measures to reduce leaching.
To support foodservice operators coping with the COVID-19 pandemic and to increase awareness of California avocados with a core group of industry members, the California Avocado Commission pitched the idea of a webinar for foodservice professionals to Food News Media. As a result, 232 foodservice professionals participated in the 60-minute webinar.
This year, the California Avocado Commission (CAC) launched its own LinkedIn page in an effort to establish a new avenue of communication with key industry business leaders and share the Commission’s messaging, promotions and activities with retailers, wholesalers, growers, shippers, category buyers and industry professionals.