Tissue sampling has helped growers identify, address nutrient issues this season
It’s hard to believe April is upon us. The bees have done their thing in our almond orchards, and our trees are in a period of rapid vegetative and fruit growth as hull and shell development become the focus over the next few weeks.
April 1 doesn’t leave much time for joking around as our agronomy team visits customer orchards and takes tissue samples for what is a critical health check for the trees this season.
“April tissue samples give us a great snapshot into what’s going on this season,” said Holloway Director of Agronomy Steve Lenander. “The samplings we do in May and June are more of a report card, but getting your tissue samples done now will help give us a better roadmap for the remainder of the season.”
If May and June sampling are report cards, early-April tissue sampling acts as a “progress report,” if you will. April sampling allows our agronomy team to remain proactive, identifying nutrient issues and correcting stressors this season – rather than reacting to issues mid-year and having to implement strategies that will likely only benefit permanent crop production the following season.
For an accurate report, it’s also critical to take samples during our agronomy team’s recommended “sampling window” (based on variety and age of the crop) as nutrient levels can change depending on growth stage and other factors.
Lenander noted the team has already been able to turn around some younger orchards this season, which were seeing signs of stress after planting due to various deficiencies. He recommended a product that alleviated the stress in just a couple weeks, and now the orchard is ready for that rapid growth stage as temperatures in the Valley push to the upper 80s and 90s in coming days.
“That’s what excites me,” Lenander concluded. “Being able to make that health check, see if all the work we did in the offseason is paying off, then make a few more tweaks that will have an impact over the rest of the season.
“There are a lot of stress factors this time of year, and those stresses can change based on growth, the water and various applications we’re putting on. So it’s critical that we get in there and make sure things are looking up for the remainder of the season.”
Want to learn more about Holloway’s agronomy services and tissue, water and soil sampling? Contact us today for an example tissue report and to discuss a full nutrient analysis for your orchard.