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A walk around the orchard where the Liberty almond seeks to liberate growers from cost of two bee colonies per acre.

Todd Fitchette, Associate Editor

May 21, 2021

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Growers can now order the new self-fertile almond tree marketed by Dave Wilson Nursery in California.

The Liberty almond follows development of the Independence tree several years ago by Zaiger's Genetics of Modesto, Calif. Testing of the new tree reveals it can produce without honeybees.

The tree can be shaped to be more upright than the Independence, according to Grant Zaiger, geneticist with Zaiger's. It is ready for harvest 10-14 days after the Nonpareil almond.

View the complete story on the new Liberty tree here.

About the Author(s)

Todd Fitchette

Associate Editor, Western Farm Press

Todd Fitchette, associate editor with Western Farm Press, spent much of his journalism career covering agriculture in California and the western United States. Aside from reporting about issues related to farm production, environmental regulations and legislative matters, he has extensive experience covering the dairy industry, western water issues and politics. His journalistic experience includes local daily and weekly newspapers, where he was recognized early in his career as an award-winning news photographer.

Fitchette is US Army veteran and a graduate of California State University, Chico. 

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