Watte operated his family farm called George Watte & Sons (George was Mark’s father). Mark grew cotton, alfalfa, triticale and corn for silage, black-eyed peas, pistachios, plus operated a 1,000 Jersey-cow dairy...
“Pruning, shoot thinning, leaf pulling, fertilization, irrigation and other cultural practices, of course, are important. But, I’m a firm believer in terroir and the role soil plays in that. Producing a crop has a negative impact on...
Overhead irrigation has not been popular in California
System is widely adopted elsewhere in the United States
University researchers are studying its use in various California cropping systems for its positive benefits
Almond Board is funded by a 3-cent-per-pound assessment of nut production
Assessment would go to 4 cents for three years then return to 3 cents
If approved, first-year budget increase could be $20 million based on 2 billion pounds of production