**University of California researchers are warning almond growers to be on the lookout for a rare disease that can cause severe damage to their orchards.

Phytophthora, soilborne microorganisms dubbed “water molds” because of their dependence on water, can cause root and crown rot at the base of trees.

With heavy rains in the forecast for late January and early February, one species, Phytophthora syringae, was drawing attention due to an unprecedented outbreak last winter.

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**The Land Report Research Team issued a report detailing America’s largest landowners and, as of 2021, America’s largest landowner is Red Emmerson.

The Emmerson family owns just over 2.4 million acres in California, Oregon, and Washington through their timber company, Sierra Pacific Industries.

They surpassed Liberty Media Chairman John Malone’s 2.2 million acres.

The third biggest landowner is CNN founder Ted Turner with 2 million acres.

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**The CattleFax Outlook Seminar at last week’s 2024 Cattle Industry Convention and NCBA Trade Show in Florida shared expert market and weather analytics.

The smallest beef cow inventory in the last 50 years, coupled with historically strong demand, led to the highest average fed cattle and calf prices in 2023.

As reduced cattle numbers and beef production continue, leverage and profitability will continue to favor cattle producers.

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