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2017 Acreage Reporting Dates

Tulare, Calif., (February 14, 2017) – In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to visit the Tulare County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline. The following acreage reporting dates are applicable for Tulare County: March 15, 2017 – 
Alfalfa Seed, Almonds, Barley, Cherries, Oats, Olives, Pears, Pistachios, Plums, Walnuts, …

Pilot Study Highlights Role of Grapes in Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease

Fresno, Calif., (February 13, 2017) – Consuming grapes twice a day for six months protected against significant metabolic decline in Alzheimer-related areas of the brain in a study of people with early memory decline. Low metabolic activity in these areas of the brain is a hallmark of early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Study results showed a grape-enriched diet protected against the …

Denner Ranch: 125 Years of Farming In Santa Rosa

Santa Rosa, Calif., (February 10, 2017) – Denner Ranches, established in 1890, is operated by Kathy Reese and her husband Steve, Russ Denner and his wife Joanne and their son Brian Denner. The property was purchased by Reese and Denner’s great grandfather who emigrated from Devonshire England, originally settling in Illinois before coming west and deciding Santa Rosa was the …

Fresno County Department of Agriculture Crop Report

Fresno, Calif., (February 8, 2017) – Heavy rains continued in January promoting vigorous growth in barley, triticale, wheat and winter forage. Fields have been fertilized, and herbicides applied. Dry-land barley have been planted and showing good growth. The rains have put much of the fieldwork on hold, waiting for drier conditions. Between storms, growers reshaped beds, and added soil amendments …

Habitat Modification to Enhance Biological Control of Vineyard Leafhoppers

[wpdevart_youtube]ae-I9U3_-dM[/wpdevart_youtube] Back at the Central Coast Grape Expo, Post-Doc Researcher Houston Wilson at UC Berkeley shared some new research on improving biological control on vineyard leafhoppers using cover crops to invite beneficial insects into the vineyard. Learn more in his video interview here, and in American Vineyard Magazine.

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (February 3, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Growers continue to wait for fields to dry out sufficiently that they can resume planting winter grain and field crops. The planted grains and field crops continue to mature …

Winter Management of Pocket Gophers on the Farm

[wpdevart_youtube]C6Y6qgvUZzc[/wpdevart_youtube] Winter is one of the best times to control your pocket gopher populations in the field. Watch this video as Mike Konda from the Fresno County Ag Department shares a few tips on managing them in the vineyard or orchard, and subscribe to the California Ag Network You Tube Channel to learn more about pest management on the farm.

Controlling Ground Squirrels in the Vineyard

[wpdevart_youtube]gb66lZV8T9g[/wpdevart_youtube] Ground Squirrels can be a real pest on the farm, damaging plant roots, chewing through drip line, and their tunnels can be a safety hazard for farm workers. At the San Joaquin Valley Grape Symposium, Mike Konda from the Fresno County Ag Department provided some valuable tips. Watch his brief interview here and read more in American Vineyard Magazine.

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