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Mae Culumber

550 E. Shaw Avenue Ste. 210-B
Fresno, CA  93710
Phone: (559) 241-7526
Fax: (559) 241-7539

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In A Nutshell

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Pistachio Water Management Workshop July 7th


Date: July 7, 2022

Location: International Agri-Center

4500 South Laspina Street - Tulare, CA 93274

Online Registration Link:


CEU credits pending approval.

Nutrient management 0.5

Soil and water management 6

Crop management 1

Precision Ag 1.5

Total requested: 9



Irrigation, nutrient management, and Crop Manage workshop May 20th

Please see the attached flyer with agenda and registration information for the Irrigation and Nutrient Management and Crop Manage hands on workshop at Kearney Agricultural Research Station May 20th.


Approved CEUs include:

Nutrient Management: 0.5
Soil & Water Management: 1.5
Professional Development: 0.5

CropManage is a free online decision-support tool for water and nutrient management of vegetables, berry, agronomic, and tree crops. The tool provides real-time recommendations for efficient and timely irrigation and fertilization applications.


Please contact me with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Mae Culumber



Variety Trial Field Day Chowchilla May 5th

Please see the attached flyer with details for the variety trial field day taking place this Thursday May 5th at 8 am. 

Avenue 26 & Rd 19 in Chowchilla 

send questions to Phoebe Gordon pegordon@ucanr.edu 



Winter-Spring 2022 Meeting Announcements 1/10/22
November 2021 Newsletter

Please read the attached newsletter to find information about online nitrogen management learning opportunities and an upcoming field day featuring nematode managment in walnuts (Nov. 30th)  and almonds (Dec. 1st)

September 17th to 23rd


My apologies that this was not sent out last week. We are having technical issues with the UC web server and I was unable to send out the report. Please see attached. I will send another report tomorrow on the regular schedule.

thank you,


May 2021


Please see the attached newsletter with two pistachio focused articles covering irrigation scheduling during drought, and large bug control.

thank you, 

Mae Culumber 



Surface irrigation users - survey participation requested

Surface or flood irrigation is essential to growers in many agricultural production areas of California including the SSJV.

We request your participation in this survey to document the importance of flood irrigation systems to sustain agricultural productivity, and to inform the development of tools to improve irrigation efficiency.

Please click on the link:

surface irrigation survey


This survey does NOT ask or record any private or personal identifier information.

NO individual response will be shared.


Please send questions or comments to:

Khaled Bali kmbali@ucanr.edu

Daniele Zaccaria dzaccaria@ucdavis.edu


April 2021

Nitrogen Management training opportunities

Grower participation requested for Pistachio Nitrogen Management and

Alkali Weed Studies

March 2021 In a Nutshell

March 2021 Featured articles:

  • Budbreak, Bloom, and Pollination Events Mark the Start of the Walnut Season

  • Online Resource for Information on Whole Orchard Recycling (WOR)

  • Phytophthora-Not Just a Root and Crown Disease in Almond

  • Implementing Best Management Practices for Nitrogen Fertilization in Almonds

  • Zinc Fertilization in California Orchard Crops

Upcoming and recorded events:

Vertebrate Pest Management Webinars

2021 Virtual UCCE Statewide Walnut Series Presentations Available Online

2021 San Joaquin Valley Almond Day

Thursday, January 14, 9 AM-12 Noon

There is still time to register for this event!

Meeting Details

Advances in Pistachio Production Short Course
  • UC ANR Virtual, Multi-Day Pistachio Production Short Course in November 2020
  • See notice for registration and agenda links 
UC Researchers Seeking Almond Orchards with Leaffooted Bug



In a Nutshell - January 2020

Happy New Year! Please see attached newsletter for information about upcoming events!

Almond Short Course November 5-7th

There is still time to register for the UC Almond Shortcourse!

See details in attached flyer!

Hope to see you there!

Almond Short Course November 5-7th

Please see attached flyer with details about the upcoming Almond Short Course Nov. 5-7th in Visalia, Ca. and field day tour Nov. 8th at Kearney Research and Extension Center in Parlier, Ca.

Almond Short Course November 5-7th

Please see attached flyer with details about the upcoming Almond Short Course Nov. 5-7th in Visalia, Ca. and field day tour Nov. 8th at Kearney Research and Extension Center in Parlier, Ca.

Almond Short Course Registration 8/28/19
Almond Cover Crop Survey 6/12/19
Pistachio orchard weed survey

UCCE researchers James Schaeffer and Kurt Hembree, and Dr. Anil Shrestha at CSU-Fresno are investigating the distribution of a newly emerging problem weed, Alkaliweed, in pistachio orchards. They would like to request your help to identify locations of this plant in the Southern San Joaquin Area.  Please see the attached announcement for a description of Alkaliweed and instructions for how to report sightings. 

Spring Almond Nutrient and Water Management Field Day

Please join us on Thursday, March 14th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm for a field day to aid in promoting the best nitrogen and irrigation management practices by almond growers throughout California. This will take place on Chandler Farms, west of McCall on Adams avenue in Del Rey (see attached flyer). More information can be found here

Meeting Announcements

Please note these upcoming training opportunities!

More details can be found at


Hope to see you there!


SWEEP Training Opportunity

Apply for CDFA funding- State Water efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP) and Healthy Soils Program (HSP). Receive up to $100,000 in grant funding to improve your on-farm water and energy efficiency and healthy soil practices through the grant funding programs. 

DATE: Thursday, February 21, 2019 from 9:00 PM – 11:00 AM

LOCATION: UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Parlier.

To register please email name and contact information to Mae Culumber; cmculumber@ucanr.edu

See attached flyer for more details.

December 2018 12/14/18
October 30th Meeting Reminder 10/26/18
Almond Replant Disease and Soil Health Meeting 10/19/18
Upcoming October Meetings!

Whole Orchard Recycling Demonstration


Soil Health in Replanted Orchards

August 2018 Newsletter Correction 9/7/18
NOW monitoring and management meeting September 25th 9/4/18
In a Nutshell - August 2018 8/19/18
August 3rd to 9th 8/11/18
ET scheduling workshop

Please see the attached announcement for a two hour workshop on how to use a weekly ET report to improve irrigation scheduling precision, as well as seminars on irrigating nut crops and vines pre and post harvest.

July 13th, 2018 

8-10 AM

550 E Shaw Ave

Fresno, CA. 

Inyo Room on the first floor

RSVP is preferred but not required.

Contact: Mae Culumber 



Meeting Reminders!

Please Join UCCE for these upcoming events:


Central Valley Almond Day! Free Event!
June 20, 2018

7:00am - 2:00pm
Fresno Fairgrounds Commerce Building
1121 S. Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 93702

2.0 PCA CE Credits (2.0 Other)
4.0 CCA CE Credits

pre-register here 


Kings/Tulare Counties


 Wednesday, July 11, 2018

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


801 10th Ave

Hanford, CA


Registration from 7:00 – 8:00 a.m.


Hosted by: Kings County Farm Bureau and Tulare County Farm Bureau

 See Attached Flyer for training and registration details!




Central Valley Almond Day, June 20th 5/28/18
Advances in Pistachio Irrigation Management Workshop 5/20/18
April, 2018


See the latest In a Nutshell newsletter for a description of the Fresno, Madera, Tulare, and Kings County Weekly ET Report. This report is designed to assist with irrigation scheduling decisions for your area.

Here is a link to the latest report:


The reports will be delivered to you via email ever Friday from now until fall 2018.  This is a separate mailing list from In a Nutshell newsletter. If you would like to subscribe please send a request to:

Mae Culumber 



Central Valley Almond Day Reminder!

Please join us for Central Valley Almond Day tomorrow Friday, June 9th

Fresno Fairgrounds Commerce Building

1121 S. Chance Ave, Fresno, CA 93702
7:30 AM – 1:30 PM 

Central Valley Almond Day is a new free event that will feature UC Cooperative Extension educational presentations, important updates on laws and regulations from the Fresno Ag. Commissioner’s Office, and a tradeshow featuring new commercial innovations to help growers reach their greatest production potential. The meeting is aimed at new and experienced almond growers, production managers, and pest control consultants. The event will wrap up with a free Tri-tip lunch!

2.5 CE Credits (0.5 Laws, 2.0 Other) and 3.5 CCA Credits (1.5 Nutrient Management,
 0.5 Soil & Water Management, Integrated Pest Management) will be offered.

Registration at: WEST COAST NUT   http://www.wcngg.com/events


Weekly ET reports by email

The California Department of Water Resources and the University of California Cooperative Extension have teamed up to provide Weekly ET Reports to agricultural water users. Reports include water use information for a variety of crops. See the attached document "How to Use ET for Irrigation Scheduling" for more information. If you would like to receive weekly ET reports for selected CIMIS stations in Madera, Fresno, and Tulare Counties, please email Fresno County Nut Crop Advisor, Mae Culumber at cmculumber@ucanr.edu.

In a Nutshell - June 2017

Greetings! Please see the latest "In a Nutshell" newsletter where you can find information about important topics in nut crop production as well as details for the upcoming Central Valley Almond Day, at the Fresno Fair grounds on June 9th. 

Newsletter invitation 12/16/16
December 2016 12/28/16
SJV Almond Symposium 4/24/15
May 2015 3/3/15
May-June 2014

Good afternoon,

Attached is the May-June 2014 From the Shell newsletter.

Thank you.

January - February 2014 1/29/14
November-December 2013 11/19/13
September - October 2013 9/25/13
July-August 2013 7/22/13
May - June 2013 5/22/13
March-April 2013 3/28/13
February 2013 2/20/13