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USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (June 20, 2017) – A departing upper-level trough early in the week left cooler air across parts of the State with a few lingering showers on Monday. Rainfall was mostly limited to Monday across the far northeastern corner of the State near Alturas, which received just over half an inch of rain on Monday.  A few isolated sprinkles …

Navel Orange Worm Update

Sacramento, Calif., (June 19, 2017) – Navel orange worm is the key pest in almond. Nut feeding by this pest directly reduces yield and grower income. For example, 1% damage* in a 2500 kernel lb/acre crop = 25 kernel lb/acre loss (and $62.5/acre at a price of $2.50/lb). Also, NOW damage is frequently contaminated with highly toxic fungus aflatoxin, which …

Nut Harvest Safety Seminar in Hanford, July 19

Hanford, Calif. — As local farmers continue to diversify and plant an increasing number of nut crops, the Kings and Tulare County Farm Bureaus, along with State Fund, American Pistachio Growers and UCCE, are hosting the third annual nut harvest safety seminar. Scheduled for Wednesday, July 19 at the Kings Fairgrounds in Hanford, this free training is directed toward nut …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (June 9, 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 with wheat silage harvest almost completed most fields are being planted with summer beans, silage corn, Sudan grass, and silage sorghum. Wheat harvest for grain has begun, and the …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (June 6, 2017) – Last week started with warm temperatures, followed by cooler temperatures as a surge of Pacific moisture brought light rain to many areas in the State. Dry and warm conditions were felt during the weekend. Precipitation fell in parts of the state on Monday through Wednesday, with Thursday through Sunday seeing no measurable rainfall. The …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 31, 2017) – Last week brought an upper-level ridge over the area leading to hot and mostly dry conditions. During the week, only a few locations received any measurable precipitation, Santa Rosa reported 0.03 inches on Thursday. For the weekend, a weakening of the ridge led to cooling statewide and a few more sprinkles across the northern …

What we can Learn from the Australian Almond Industry

[wpdevart_youtube]Ge-FobmysWU[/wpdevart_youtube] At the Annual Convention of the Almond Alliance of California, Karen Lapsley from the Almond Board of California gave a presentation on Almond Alliance funded research improvements in almond biomass utilization. She noted some new varieties coming out of Australia that could be beneficial to California growers, and invited growers to attend the Almond Board’s upcoming almond food quality …

Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Tulare County Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (May 19, 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 Winter wheat is being green chopped for silage; some is being dried, with harvest nearing completion. Harvested fields are being disked and planted to silage or other forage crops. …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 16, 2017) – There was bit more variation in the weather pattern this week across the west coast with two separate storm systems developing and moving through the area. Each system brought a couple of rounds of light precipitation to various parts of the State. Saturday was the only completely dry day across the State, with no …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (May 9, 2017) – A broad ridging pattern over the western United States brought dry and hot weather to the State during the first two thirds of the week. Then a pattern shift over the weekend brought cooler temperatures and precipitation to parts of the State. A few isolated showers were limited to the Los Angeles basin and …

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