How diKaP™ provides Dual Benefits for Almonds

By: Jared Sannar & Justin Rose

Almonds are a major part of California agriculture, checking in as the state’s second most valuable crop. The 1.6-million-acre crop provides billions of pounds to customers far and wide, as eighty percent of the world’s almonds are grown in the Golden State.

It makes sense to protect and maximize this sizeable investment.

Hull split is about to start in orchards throughout the Central Valley. For much of July, growers will focus on hull rot management- taking steps to keep several different types of fungal pathogens at bay. If spores infiltrate the shoot of the almond, buds and tissue can be lost.

Growers seeking to maximize their almond production and return on investment are increasingly turning to diKaP™ (0-31-50), which provides benefits now and in the future.

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Strong trees provide strong defense against hull rot. diKaP™ boosts the plant’s ability to ramp up its antioxidant production and photosynthetic ability, providing a significant boost to abiotic stress defense. The plant benefits from better metabolism of nutrients, including nitrogen. When plants process nitrogen into carbohydrates and proteins, their tissue is less susceptible to fungal disease – a big step to achieving abundant crops.

As secondary metabolite production is stimulated, plants produce antioxidants that help in a variety of ways. Interestingly, when these higher levels of carbon-based molecules are present, the plant itself makes the choice as to where to deploy these beneficial components. As this happens, abiotic stress is lessened, hull rot can be minimized or averted, and the crop can better handle other pitfalls, including heat stress.

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The benefits of diKaP™ include Phosphorous and Potassium nutrition, along with proprietary Carbon-based Chemistry (0-31-50) that give the crop what it needs to build buds for the next year. If abiotic stress increases, hull rot takes hold, and a multitude of shoots can be infected. This damages tissue and future fruiting positions may wither and die.

Growers far and wide face numerous challenges this year. Encouraging optimum nutrition and production are more essential now than ever before. Fortunately, diKaP™ helps almond growers navigate through abiotic stress while strengthening prospects for their 2023 production at the same time.

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