Acadian Plant Health California almond water use study delivers promising early results for growers

UC Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center almond water stress trial shows Acadian Organic® beneficial for water use efficiency, representing a significant boost for growers in the west coast region

July 7, 2022. Dartmouth, N.S. – Today, Acadian Plant Health™ (APH) announced the first results of its California almond water use study, which offers promising news for tree nut growers and the almond industry in the drought-affected growing region.

In 2021, the University of California study found that applications of Acadian Organic were beneficial for reducing plant stress under limited water conditions and that when used properly, seaweed-based biostimulants have the capability to help combat drought-induced changes in plants. Both findings represent a significant boost for growers looking for sustainable agriculture solutions in the face of drought challenges.

“Acadian Plant Health is focused on delivering solutions that perform in the field and offer increased survivability and productivity for growers in challenging environments,” said Dr. Sarah Maude, Vice-President, Technology at Acadian Plant Health. “These trial results, which are fantastic news for growers, show that biostimulant treatments are a potential new way to aid growers in water management by increasing the plant system’s resiliency and reducing crop productivity losses due to stress – particularly where sustainable solutions to help crops thrive with limited water are key.”

Extension specialist Dr. Giulia Marino, along with her team at the 350-acre Kearney Agriculture Research and Extension Center, the University of California’s largest off-campus agricultural research facility, applied four treatments to selected almond trees. A weekly assessment of midday stem water potential (SWP) was performed, alongside the weighing of nut yield at harvest. Applications of Acadian Organic delivered significant improvements in SWP and increased tree water status in fully and deficit irrigated trees throughout the season, showing increased kernel weight, both fresh and dry. Trees less impacted by water stress showed improved productivity in the current year, and the research will continue to demonstrate the benefits of multiple years of applications of Acadian Organic.

Almonds are California’s top crop by value, and the state is home to more than 1.33 million acres of almond orchards. Water use is a hot topic of debate in the region, with the active water reduction program put in place by the local almond industry aiming to reduce water use by an additional 20% by 2025. Some of this will be accomplished by improving efficiency, however, irrigation water restrictions are a harsh reality for growers. Restrictions on water can lead to reduced plant growth and yield, leaving many growers looking for more sustainable ways to grow almonds with limited water.

Results from the study independently validate APH’s research, demonstrating they are ready with a solution for the region’s growers. APH continues to work alongside its partners to enhance modern agriculture production and ensure a sustainable future for food production. APH will continue to grow its portfolio of complete solutions for crop abiotic stress management worldwide.

A renewable and sustainable resource, the company’s innovative seaweed portfolio offers a solution to help combat plant stressors. This solution is both compatible with and complements sustainable crop production practices in line with the UN’s sustainable agriculture goals, including supporting farming methods that promote soil health.

About Acadian Plant Health™

Acadian Plant Health™ is a division of Acadian Seaplants Limited. Acadian Plant Health™ is the world leader in biostimulant solutions, sustainably sourced, and scientifically proven to increase crop yield and quality. Acadian’s products are used in soil and foliar inputs on over 70 crops in more than 80 countries worldwide.

For further information, contact:
Shannon Wentz
Global Director, Communications, Acadian Plant Health
Phone: 403 973 2716