Post Harvest Applications

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Post harvest applications are essential as studies have shown that nearly 30% of all nutrients for the entire season are taken up at post harvest providing essential nutrients to help get the crop through the winter and ready for spring. This is a window of opportunity that cannot be ignored even given the rigorous demands

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Organic Farming as Crop Insurance

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Organic farming combines conservation-minded methods with technology, but does not use synthetic pesticides and fertilizers. Instead, organic farming relies on enhancing and building soil fertility. Still, for a farm to survive in a market economy, it has to be profitable. Long-term studies show that organic farming increases both energy efficiency and economic returns, the latter

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Microbes Carry a Lot of Carbon to Their Graves

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

My newsletters are consistently about improving soil fertility, and carbon sequestration is a key part of that process. What’s interesting is that carbon sequestration is still poorly understood despite years of research. I believe that where technology is making its greatest impact on agriculture is in accurately measuring things that we’ve only guessed at in

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What Can We Learn from Soil Management?

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

I met a grower down in the Oxnard area that grows over 600 acres of blueberries in substrate (pots) and is very successful selling his organic product to Driscoll. One of his primary challenges is growing during the winter. The pots cool off each night much more quickly than soils and thus, the next day

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Great Grapes: Accelerating Vineyard Maturation

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

As we get closer to grape harvest, many of you have been asking us about options for increasing the maturation of vineyard blocks. The question is, how can you accelerate improvements in color, sugar and phenolic levels? The last 30-40 days prior to harvest is when sugar content begins to ramp up in the fruit.

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Soil – It’s All About the Carbon

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I was visiting an organic lemon grower recently. His lemon trees were full of fruit, rich in color and uniform in size. After I toured the property, we stopped and he dug a bit to show me the thick dark brown soil. He invited me over to smell it and it was musty, damp and

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Do Amino Acids Work?

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, continue to get a lot of attention in agriculture. Proteins are one of the major components of the structure and the chemistry of living things. Amino acids may be linked together to form more than 50,000 different proteins. The primary function of amino acids is to furnish the

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A Possible Weapon in the War Against Red Blotch

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

We’ve been getting calls from growers interested in applying Thyme Guard, primarily for use as a fungicide, but also for Red Blotch concerns. Andaman Ag continues to trial Thyme Guard as a possible means to mitigate grapevine red blotch associated virus (GRBaV). Red Blotch has two major impacts on fruit quality. The first is a

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Preventive Medicine in Weed Control

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The best weed control is more about out-competing the weeds than killing them. The use of cover crops and rotations that leave more crop residue on the ground surface provide greater weed suppression, up to 80% more compared to bare soil. Cover crops can be used in rotation to out-compete weeds and reduce herbicide use.

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Listerine in Agriculture

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Inspired by Louis Pasteur‘s ideas on microbial infection, the English doctor Joseph Lister demonstrated in 1865 that use of carbolic acid on surgical dressings would significantly reduce rates of post-surgical infection. Lister’s work in turn inspired St. Louis-based doctor Joseph Lawrence to develop an alcohol-based formula for a surgical antiseptic that also included eucalyptol, menthol,

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Why Micronutrients Are So Important

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Let’s talk about micronutrients – copper, magnesium, iron and zinc – that are among the essential elements for building phytochemicals, enzymes, and proteins in plants. They’re also important for our own bodies. Researchers have connected a wide range of human health problems with deficiencies in these minerals. Copper, for example, is essential for hemoglobin to

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Microbes Fuel Agricultural Moonshot

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

I read an interesting article from the Washington Post of few days ago talking about how agricultural practices will have to change given the challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. With global population skyrocketing, plus climate change and shifting diets,  the article posed the problem as a challenge akin to a “moonshot.” The

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Heat Wave Impact and Options

Monday, June 19, 2017

This current heat wave and others to come put a considerable amount of heat stress on various crops. When crops are under stress, they become less efficient in processing nutrients as their metabolism (photosynthesis, respiration, and the synthesis and degradation of organic compounds) slows down. Andaman Ag has some product options to help mitigate heat

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Mitigating Red Blotch with Thyme Guard

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Growers following organic or sustainable practices are always looking for fungicide options that include organic products that don’t trigger the regulations for spray protocols or expose employees to harmful chemicals. In addition, the introduction of organic fungicides, insecticides, bactericides and virucides allows growers much greater flexibility in their application. Organic products introduce new biology to

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Accelerating Soil Recovery

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Last week, our newsletter focused on building soil carbon and its incredible impact on soil and crop health. Interestingly enough, I saw an article dated May 31 in California Today titled “To Fight Climate Change, Heal the Ground.” The article goes on to say, “The climate change fight has focused largely on cutting emissions. But

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