By Bob Curtis, director of agricultural affairs, Almond Board of California - - After a lifetime of service to the California almond community, Ted DeJong — professor, researcher and friend to many — has recently retired, leaving a significant legacy and major void in the industry. We honored DeJong, a professor and pomologist with the UC Davis department of plant sciences and a specialist with UC Cooperative Extension, for his vast contributions at the Almond Conference in Sacramento this past December. With many achievements to celebrate throughout his tenure at UCD, including establishing a research program that is producing impactful, innovative solutions to move the almond industry into the future, DeJong was honored in a room full of his esteemed colleagues. By significantly improving the way we understand almond growth, bearing dynamics, crop development and yield over a season and for multiple years, DeJong helped us to develop improved management practices.
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