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207 Orchard Systems Advisor - Pomology

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This proposal has been formally submitted for the 2012 cycle.

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This position has been vacant since 2006 and needs to be filled, given growers / acres not being served, as well as research and extension needs currently not being met. The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group (almonds, walnuts and pistachios) suggests this position would have the highest impact for nut crops if a regional approach on position nut crop coverage beyond Kern County were taken. This tree nut coordination could be done with cross county assignments involving pomology farm advisors in Kern, Kings (incumbent pomology farm advisor retiring in 2012-13), and Tulare Counties.

The position description covers many key points with respect to almonds: 1) With in the three county region, there are over 176,000 acres of almonds; 2) There are a number ongoing research projects and needs being supported by the Almond Board which require guidance and collaboration of a pomology farm advisor. As such, the incumbent can expect engagement and support from the Almond Board. These research needs include interdisciplinary work on fertility, irrigation management, tree growth and production, variety trials, management of late spring and summer diseases, insect pest management and bee pollination of almonds; and 3) As noted in the description, there are several new almond growers (and PCAs) in this region. Many have transitioned to almonds from row crops and do not have orchard experience. This new acreage underscores the need for an effective extension program.

Posted Aug 7, 2012 9:50 AM by Bpb Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California
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This position has been vacant since 2006 and needs to be filled, given growers / acres not being served, as well as research and extension needs currently not being met. The California Tree Nut Research and Extension Planning Group (almonds, walnuts and pistachios) suggests this position would have the highest impact for nut crops if a regional approach on position nut crop coverage beyond Kern County were taken. This tree nut coordination could be done with cross county assignments involving pomology farm advisors in Kern, Kings (incumbent pomology farm advisor retiring in 2012-13), and Tulare Counties.

The position description covers many key points with respect to almonds: 1) With in the three county region, there are over 176,000 acres of almonds; 2) There are a number ongoing research projects and needs being supported by the Almond Board which require guidance and collaboration of a pomology farm advisor. As such, the incumbent can expect engagement and support from the Almond Board. These research needs include interdisciplinary work on fertility, irrigation management, tree growth and production, variety trials, management of late spring and summer diseases, insect pest management and bee pollination of almonds; and 3) As noted in the description, there are several new almond growers (and PCAs) in this region. Many have transitioned to almonds from row crops and do not have orchard experience. This new acreage underscores the need for an effective extension program.

Posted Aug 7, 2012 9:56 AM by Bob Curtis, Associate Director Agricultural Affairs, Almond Board of California

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