Californian pistachio study tour, November 2005 (PS05001)
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What was it all about?
University of California Cooperative Extension had run a Pistachio short course every five years since 1990. It was an excellent opportunity to keep abreast of current production techniques, and meet with growers, processors, researchers and extension staff. California was the second largest producer of pistachios in the world, and our Australian industry had been modeled on Californian practice.
The 2005 three day course covered all aspects of Pistachio production, from the economics of setting up an orchard, growing the crop, through to processing and marketing. The structure consisted of formal lectures followed by questions and discussion, and a field trip with speakers on various aspects of orchard management.
Lecture topics were as follows:
- Economic considerations of Pistachio production
- Costs and returns
- Botany and physiological factors affecting yield
- Site evaluation and soil modification
- Planning and designing the orchard
- Pistachio cultivars
- Pistachio rootstocks
- Rootstock production and budding
- Planting and training
- Weed management
- Pruning mature bearing trees
- Tree water requirements and RDI
- Improving water penetration
- Managing salinity, soil and water amendments
- Diagnosing and correcting nutrient deficiencies
- Harvesting, transport and processing
- Orchard rehabilitation
- Pest, disease and physiological disorders management
- Integrated Pest Management
Some orchards were also visited following the short course.
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This project was funded by Hort Innovation (then Horticulture Australia Limited) with the voluntary financial support of the Pistachio Growers Association Incorporated.
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