January 30, 2023

ABC: Orchard experiments and lessons with Donnie Hicks

In episode 16 of the Almond Journey podcast visits with almond grower and Hughson Nut Field Representative Donny Hicks. Hicks manages a small 18-acre orchard, which helps him keep a grower’s perspective in everything he does. Hicks shares how he’s offering up his acreage for experiments in areas such as fumigation, pruning, and subsurface irrigation, and talks about his role with Hughson Nut and what he learns from the growers he works with day-to-day.

Listen to the podcast here…

“It’s really nice to be able to farm and do what I’m doing because I’m going through the same thing that my growers are going through whether it be water issues or prices. It really helps me to relate to my growers….. Farmers, we’re by nature optimistic people. Otherwise, I don’t think some of us would be doing it if we didn’t think that there was something better down the road.“ – Donny Hicks.

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