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How to Keep California Raisin Vineyards in the Ground

Over the last couple years, Central Valley raisin growers have been receiving great prices for their crop; however, that hasn’t stopped the continual raisin grape vineyard pullouts going on. So what’s going to change the tide and bring more balance and longterm prosperity for this much needed industry in California? Check out this interview with Sun-Maid Chairman Jeff Jue and …

Building Demand for California Walnuts as Production Increases

With increasing production in the California walnut industry, and at the same time being faced with high tariffs in some of the key export markets, growers are much appreciative of the ongoing efforts of the California Walnut Board and Commission building demand for the crop, not only in the export market, but also right here in the States. Check out …

Sun Maid Rationale Behind Opting out of the Raisin Bargaining Association

Sun-Maid made a big decision this year to opt out of the Raisin Bargaining Association’s negotiated field price for the first time ever.  While growers were excited about receiving the highest price ever for their raisins, Sun-Maid representatives felt the price was too high under current circumstances in the world raisin market.  Watch this interview with Sun-Maid Chairman Jeff Jue, …

USDA to Support Marketing of Record Breaking Pistachio Crop

If you missed Richard Matoian’s State of the Pistachio Industry Address at the Annual Grape, Nut & Tree Fruit Expo, be sure to check out his brief video interview as he shares where the industry currently stands in production and marketing trends.  He also discusses the impact of the international trade dispute and its impact on the pistachio industry, and …

How the CA Raisin Industry will Stay Competitive with the World Market

With record low raisin inventories in California this past year, record high imports of raisins flooded the US market. Foreign competitors also took larger shares of key export markets for the California raisin industry. With increasing production costs and declining raisin grape acreage, what can the California raisin industry do to remain competitive in the world market? Harry Overly answered …

Central Coast Wine Industry Trends: Another Great Vintage

At the time of Malcolm Media’s Central Grape Expo mid-November, some growers were still out harvesting; but many took a short break to attend this popular half-day industry event.  One of the featured speakers this year was Todd Azevedo from Ciatti Company who shared his insights on the current State of the Central Coast Wine industry, and how different varieties …

California launches first dairy digester pipeline cluster

California is proud to announce the state’s first dairy digester pipeline cluster. CDFA Undersecretary Jenny Lester Moffitt was on-hand this week for the launch of Calgren Renewable Fuels’ new facility, which partners with local dairies in the Pixley, California area. Eleven digesters, 22 miles of pipeline and 75,000 cows contribute to this interconnected system, which will collectively reduce an estimated of 1,867,651 metric …

Record High CA Raisin Price Established for 2018 Crop

The Raisin Bargaining Association and packers came to an agreement on October 19th to establish the highest price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop.  Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the price and update on inventory. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, and be sure to attend …

RBA & Packers Make Progress Toward Record CA Raisin Price

Raisin Bargaining Association Board Members and packers are making progress towards finalizing the high price ever in California raisin history for the 2018 California raisin crop. Watch this brief interview with RBA CEO Kalem Barserian as he shares the progress being made, as well as the recent rainstorm impact on the crop. Read more about it in American Vineyard Magazine, …

TULARE COUNTY CROP REPORT For the week ending October 13, 2018

Tulare County Crop Status

SMALL GRAINS, OTHER FIELD CROPS: Summer row crops are all but harvested, and fields are being tilled and prepared for winter plantings. Alfalfa baling for hay continues. Cotton is being harvested in parts of the county. Black-eyed beans are now being cut and placed in windrows. DECIDUOUS TREE FRUITS, NUTS, AND GRAPES: Stone Fruit export are slowing considerably. Remaining peaches, …

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