Improvement of Yield Per Acre by Close Spacing, Pruning of Close-Spacing 'Hass' and 'Lamb Hass' Trees, Combined with New Grower Education Classes Final Report

  • Feb 01, 2018

In 2011, it became clear to Dr. Gary S. Bender that California avocado growers in the county were facing increasing pressure due to rising water prices, periodic drought and California’s dwindling share of water from the California River. For the average California avocado grower in San Diego County producing 5,000 lbs/ac and applying 4 ac ft/year, the set up was fiscally unsustainable unless a substantial increase in yield per acre occurred.

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Decision Support Tools For Management of Avocado Nutrition and Chloride Toxicity - FInal Report

  • Jan 09, 2017

In this research, we have modeled the relationships between leaf nutrient concentrations and the yields of avocado trees with the aim of developing decision support tools for improved fertilization and nutrient management to increase avocado fruit yields.

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Studies on the efficacy of a new formulation of Uniconazole-P

  • Oct 19, 2014

Uniconazole-P is used in ‘Hass’ avocado production to stop vegetative shoot growth at the apex of indeterminate floral shoots to increase fruit set and yield and after pruning to maintain tree size, especially in high-density plantings. Uniconazole-P has the potential to reduce pruning costs, but also to reduce fruit size and increase fruit drop. Depending on crop load, reducing vegetative shoot growth in spring or summer could mitigate or initiate alternate bearing.

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2011 Ventura, Santa Barbara & SLO Counties, Organic Production Practices

  • Jun 13, 2013

There has been a growing interest of organic avocado production following consumer perceived preference for organic crops. Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties are among the top organic avocado producing counties in California. These counties make up 37% of the organic avocado industry in California. The establishment and production costs and profitability analyses have been the fundamental tool that growers and investors use for investment analyses and decisions, conducting business transactions, and risk management strategies.

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2011 San Diego & Riverside Counties, Organic Production Practices

  • Jun 13, 2013

There has been a growing interest of organic avocado production following consumer perceived preference for organic crops. San Diego and Riverside counties are among the top organic producing counties in California. These counties make up 62% of the organic avocado industry in California. The establishment and production costs and profitability analyses have been the fundamental tool that growers and investors use for investment analyses and decisions, conducting business transactions, and risk management strategies.

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2011 Ventura, Santa Barbara & SLO Counties, Conventional Production Practices

  • Jun 13, 2013

There is a growing concern that the fast expanding and globalized competitive world market is causing decline in grower returns and expansion of urban development and environmental regulations causing production cost increases and challenging the viability and sustainability of producing these crops. Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo counties are among the top avocado producing counties in California. These counties make up 48% of the California avocado industry; grossing over $167 million in 2011.

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