Author Archives: Graeme N

About Graeme N

Graeme is a social complexity researcher at the Institute of Environmental Science and Research (a NZ government research organisation). He and his wife also own and operate a walnut orchard near Lincoln in Canterbury, NZ.

For Sale: Organic walnut orchard

Graeme and Barbara Nicholas have decided to sell their 10.4 hectare orchard, near Lincoln. The orchard is on elite Templeton silt loam soil. The trees will soon reach peak production. The orchard production has already reached 14 tonne and is … Continue reading

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Benchmarking Process

The industry now has a benchmark website to enter and review orchard data. To get a login for your orchard, or to add your orchard to the benchmarking project please email Graeme for a login. Go to the benchmark login … Continue reading

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Choosing the cultivars to import for trial

[the following information has been supplied by Heather North from the NZWIG Research Committee, for members’ information and comment.  It outlines the characteristics under consideration for each of the cultivars  – GN] HOWARD + LARA Going by the recent Special … Continue reading

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Walnuts help diabetes control

Walnuts help diabetes control (ScienceAlert) A new study has found that keeping the diet for type 2 diabetes under control gets a lot of help from including daily amounts of foods with the right kind of fats such as walnuts. Check … Continue reading

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Discussion on importing cultivar material

The following is from an email to the NZWIG committee from Mike C. He was responding to the fact that the committee is considering planning a special general meeting to enable the next round of discussion and decision on importing … Continue reading

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Coping with frost

Canterbury and other walnut growing areas can has suffer a devastating “advection” frost. Devastating because it kills off all tender shoots even several meters above the ground, including flowers. Richard L. Snyder, Extension Biometeorologist University of California, Atmospheric Science describes … Continue reading

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Zinc Foliar Spray?

Zinc Foliar sprays Help.. Our Zi levels in our (01Feb-sampled) leaf samples have gradually fallen at ~ 5ppm per year from 30ppm in 2006 to 20ppm in 2008 so we have decided to act.  We are keen to try foliar … Continue reading

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