Energy Management

On-farm energy use is expensive and internal combustion engines further contribute to air pollution. California walnut growers and processors implement and emphasize technologies that reduce energy requirements and thus costs:

 

 

Fig.11. Non-cultivated walnut orchard.

 

 

Fig. 12. Moisture sensors in walnut drying bin.

 

Fig. 13. Walnut dehydrator retrofitted with side curtains to conserve heat energy.

 

 

 

       a) The IPM program component designed to reduce sprays coincidently reduces grower energy needs.

       b) ​California Walnut Board funded research into the trees’ canopy management has developed practices such      as every other year pruning directly reducing on-farm energy use.