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Fresno County
University of California
Fresno County

Mae Culumber

 

Greetings! I am very happy to join University of California Cooperative Extension as the

Mae Culumber
new area Nut Crops Advisor in Fresno County. My aim is to develop an effective extension education outreach and research program that promotes profitable and sustainable nut production practices for growers in the Central Valley. There are many complex issues facing growers in our area stemming from the uncertainty of continued water resource availability and quality, soil salinity, as well as disease and pest pressures. I hope to become a trusted resource to assist you in navigating these obstacles, and facilitate best management decisions lending to the long term success of your operations.

I have a PhD in Soil Science and a MS in Ecology from Utah State University. My doctoral research focused on identifying sustainable, feasible to implement, orchard management practices that meet crop yield and quality goals, and provide the most apparent economic benefits for commercial growers in Utah and the Intermountain West region. Utah is a semi-arid region with many similar soil and water quality and quantity limitations to those found in the Central Valley. In collaboration with Utah State Cooperative Extension and Utah growers, I designed and implemented field trials to assess how various novel orchard floor management and fertility management plans enhance or degrade soil quality, impact water use, and influence orchard tree growth, nutrition, and productivity. I studied the effectiveness of scheduling micro-sprinkler irrigation cycles based on soil and tree water status and evaluated changes in water use in response to different orchard floor groundcovers. I look forward to applying the knowledge gained from my past experiences to forge new collaborative relationships with Fresno County producers as well as other UCCE advisors and researchers. Please contact me either by email cmculumber@ucanr.edu or at our office University of California Cooperative Extension, 500 E Shaw Ave, Suite 210-B, Fresno, CA 93710.

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