- Author: Elizabeth Fichtner
The 2016 Walnut and Almond Farm Advisor Training Tour recently visited Lindcove Research and Extension Center (LREC), marking the first visit of the group to this traditionally citrus-based REC. The tour's visit to LREC is partially a reflection of the recent geographic expansion of nut acreage in Tulare County, but also an illustration of the diversity of ongoing research projects housed at the Center. Janine Hasey, UCCE Farm Advisor, Sutter and Yuba Counties, presented the walnut rootstock observation block to the group, elaborating on the role of the LREC block within the broader objectives of a project sponsored by the California Walnut Board and an SCRI (Specialty Crops Research Initiative) grant. The group also visited the recently-upgraded pathology lab facilities, providing an opportunity to showcase infrastructure available to all UC academics and staff.