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Tulare County Reports on Current Crop Status

Visalia, Calif., (January 20, 2017) – Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner released the current status today of Major crops in the second most valued county in the California Ag portfolio. They report that Continuing rains have benefited the growth of already planted grains and field crops, but the rain has hindered ground preparations for continued planting. Low spots in some fields …

Flooding and Waterlogging Damage in Alfalfa – What to Do?

Sacramento, Calif., (January 20, 2017) – When are seasonal heavy rains welcomed but worrisome?   When rains fill reservoirs, but also turn fields into seas of standing water! Such has been the case in northern California, which has seen torrential rains in recent weeks. After 5 years of intensive drought, the 2016-2017 rains are a welcome relief, but pose a danger …

CDFA Accepting Applications For Grants To Provide Workshops And Technical Assistance For Farmers Participating In The State Water Efficiency And Enhancement Program (Sweep)

Sacramento, Calif., (January 16, 2017) – CDFA will begin accepting applications today from non-profit organizations, California academic institutions and California Resource Conservation Districts for grant funds to provide technical assistance to applicants for grants from the State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program (SWEEP). Applicants may apply for funding in amounts between $2,500 and $5,000. Applications must meet several minimum requirements …

Arabica Coffee Genome Sequenced

Davis, Calif., (January 17, 2017) – The first public genome sequence for Coffea arabica, the species responsible for more than 70 percent of global coffee production, was released today by researchers at the University of California, Davis. Funding for the sequencing was provided by Suntory group, an international food and beverage company based in Tokyo. Now available for immediate use by …

NRCS, USFWS Partner to Accelerate Conservation on Agricultural Lands for the Monarch Butterfly

Sacramento, Calif., (January 17, 2017) – The monarch butterfly is a new national priority species of Working Lands for Wildlife (WLFW), a partnership between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Populations of monarchs, a pollinator species cherished across North America, have declined significantly during the past two decades. …

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (January 17, 2017) – A continued abundance of moisture across the State for the entire week tapered off over the weekend as the upper-level trough pulled away to the east with surface high pressure building over the western United States. Temperatures were fairly consistent, but cooled slightly late last week as a drier airmass settled over the State. …

USDA Surveys – how to tell if it’s legitimate?

Modesto, Calif., (January 16, 2017) – This week we received a call at the office from a concerned member who was asked to participate in a tallow survey. The person calling identified himself as a USDA employee. While there are plenty of phone surveys going around, this particular one sounded suspicious (typically dairy producers are not asked to participate in …

Sonoma County Winegrowers To Establish Center For Ag Sustainability To Address Concerns About The Future Of Farming

Santa Rosa, Calif., (January 16, 2017) – As the calendar turns to a new year, Sonoma County Winegrowers (www.sonomawinegrape.org) are quickly closing in on its goal of becoming the nation’s first 100% sustainable wine region by 2019.  According to the latest Report Card published in the Sonoma County Winegrowers’ 3rd Annual Sustainability Report, 85% of the county’s vineyard acres have …

2017 Pesticide Safety Instructor Training Workshops

Sacramento, Calif., (January 13, 2017) – UC IPM is partnering with AgSafe to offer up-to-date instructor training programs that are approved and co-funded by the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR). Updates to the Federal Worker Protection Standard (WPS) that will have the most impact on CA agriculture include:
• Annual pesticide safety training for all fieldworkers
• Instructors must attend an …

In A New Study Biochar Helps Yields, But Only In The Short Term

Davis, Calif., January 13, 2017) – Adding biochar to a farm’s field is an irreversible decision, so understanding its long-term impacts is essential for farmers to make informed decisions. Biochar, a charcoal created from organic materials burned at high temperatures and added as a soil amendment, has been shown to increase pH and soil fertility in areas with more weathered, …

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