What’s rarer than the Blue Moon?

With Autumn Equinox on September 22nd, 2013, our interest has peaked to the sky. It’s Harvest at ARO Pistachios which begs the question: When is Harvest Moon and what exactly distinguishes it among the other moons? The Blue Moon sounds supernatural.   Our research points to the modern definition of Blue Moon as the second full moon occurring in one calendar month. Due to the lunar 28-day schedule and our calendar system which includes instances of days extending beyond in a month such as 29th, 30th, and 31st, it is regular and expected for this astronomical schedule. Although considered rare, the last
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Hot Days Trigger Early Pistachio Harvest 2013

California’s pistachio nut harvest began early, in late August rather than after Labor Day as experienced in recent years. Extremely hot summer days of 100°F have resulted in a high percentage of split nuts on the branch. Accordingly, this has also yielded smaller nuts of many varieties state-wide; the Kalegoochi variety, however, remains large and “colossal” at Orandi Ranch.       As predicted by the Farmer’s Almanac, August temperatures were “scorching” at Orandi Ranch situated in Terra Bella and continued to rise throughout the San Joaquin Valley. The extremely arid, high desert climate of this zone creates the most
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