MJC Wal­nuts Earn Top Qual­ity Award

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Wal­nuts grown by Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege were rec­og­nized by Di­a­mond as one of their Top Qual­ity Award Winners 2017 Crop. Di­a­mond’s Top Qual­ity Awards are pre­sented an­nu­ally on a re­gional ba­sis to pro­duc­ers of each area’s pri­mary va­ri­eties. MJC won the award for the Tu­lare wal­nut va­ri­etal in the North­ern San Joaquin Val­ley re­gion.

Hon­orees are se­lected at the ac­count level and are de­ter­mined by the high­est com­bined to­tal of qual­ity at­tributes such as per­cent ed­i­ble yield, re­flected light in­dex (RLI) score (lighter col­ored wal­nut meats are more de­sir­able), low of­f­grade and jumbo size. Win- ners re­ceived a plaque in­scribed with their re­gion, ac­count name, and no­table va­ri­ety.

The award-win­ning MJC wal­nuts were grown on the col­lege’s Beck­with Ranch prop­erty in Modesto. The farm is op­er­ated by the col­lege’s Agri­cul­ture and En­vi­ron­men­tal Sciences Di­vi­sion as a learn­ing lab for stu­dents.

Other winners and va­ri­etal di­vi­sions in­cluded: Bel­tran Farms, Over­all Qual­ity Cham­pion; Vin­cent Belli, Wil­liam J. Machado & Sons, Chan­dler; Lee Met­zler Farm­ing Inc., Fran­quette; Met­walli B. Amer, Hart­ley; 1996 Costa Fam­ily Trust, Howard; Eil­ers Ranch LLC, Payne; Dou­glas W. Barnill, Serr; Cov­ers Geo­ponic Inc., Vina.

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