KSTE Farm Hour

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October 23, 2020 41 min
Winegrape growers in the Napa Sonoma area are getting a better handle on the damage estimates to their fields and facilities. We have the staggering numbers. Another staggering number: 10 million acres burned due to wildfires this year. We’re not there yet, but we are approaching it…for the third time in five years. Farmers are looking for estate tax relief, we have that report. And, an update on the U.S. Mexico Canada trade agree...
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Drought is expanding throughout the country, but especially here in the Western United States. We have the ugly numbers. The USDA has released the latest forecasts for several important California farm commodities, including fruits, nuts and rice. And Citrus growers in California are still evaluating the effect of smoke, wildfire, haze and heat on their 2020 crop. And so far, it looks like heat is taking its toll on the state’s ora...
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Even though the flames of September’s fires are subsiding there, wine grape growers in the Napa Sonoma area are still taking stock of the damage and lining up financial help. And winegrape growers with insurance face another obstacle in getting quick relief. Insurance companies want to see lab tests for smoke taint on wine grapes. But the laboratories that specialize in wine grape testing are overwhelmed; it could be a month or mor...
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California wildfires continue their rapid spread throughout some very valuable wine country in our area. We have an update. Several farm groups are petitioning the federal government for more Covid-19 relief aid for farmworkers. What is California doing to stop the spread of illegal pesticides into the state? And, we talk with a Colusa County rice grower about the 2020 harvest. All that, crop reports, the weekly weather outlook and...
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California farmers, their crops and their livestock continue to deal with a plethora of problems that will make 2020 one for the record books: the largest wildfires in state history, the resultant dense smoke that made Northern and Central California the most polluted area in the world recently; record high temperatures in August, and the Coronavirus pandemic that has everyone yearning for the good old days. We have an update. Yolo...
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It’s been a tough year for many of California’s major crops. The combination of the Covid-19 shutdown, wildfires and persistent smoke throughout California, but especially in the Central Valley, have slowed crop development, interfered with the harvest, hampered farm labor, and possibly may taint one very important California agricultural commodity, wine grapes. And all the coronavirus restrictions have caused astonishing disruptio...
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California’s record shattering wildfire season continues. Honeybee losses from the fires in Yolo and Solano Counties will impact area almond growers in 2021. Smoke taint is an increasing concern for wine grape growers in Northern California. And livestock owners need to take precautions to protect their animals from smoke inhalation issues. We have all that, plus how you can protect your horses from the newest outbreak of West Nile...
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Larger than the state of Delaware. That’s the description of the number of acres burned in California’s recent lightning-started wildfires, decimating many Northern California counties, and that includes farms, ranches, vineyards, and orchards. The damage is still being registered, but we have an update, along with information about an upcoming webinar put on by the University of California to help small and large agricultural oper...
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California’s wildfires continue, and as the smoke somewhat clears, the impact of those fires on the state’s agricultural industries is becoming more apparent. We have an update. Hurricane Laura’s impact on the Louisiana-Texas coastline last week decimated some of that areas biggest crops, including one that Sacramento Valley farmers are very familiar with. We have the details. Rural post offices in California are an important life...
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Once again, Northern and Central California wildfires plague the entire region, with thick smoke blanketing populous urban areas, while flames are whipping up throughout farm and ranch land here. And once again, wine grape growers in the Napa Sonoma area who are about to begin harvesting are worried about smoke taint to their grapes, a minor concern next to staving off possible fire damage to their properties. The ongoing heat wave...
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California’s specialty crop growers can breathe a bit easier, more of the Golden State’s unique commodities have been added to the USDA’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. Those mysterious seeds from China that were received by unsuspecting homeowners here in the U.S.? There’s still a lot we don’t know, but so far, it appears to be a benign threat. We have the details. And we talk about controlling summertime weeds in farmland a...
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Yolo County agriculture is in the spotlight this week. In Woodland, sheriff’s detectives recovered 70 stolen bee boxes. And those bees are critical to Yolo county’s largest crop, almonds. The latest yolo county ag report is out, and almonds remain number 1. But there is a new crop in the second position. We have the details. We have an update on last week’s story about the mystery seeds that have been mailed, unsolicited, to unsusp...
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Is more pandemic relief money headed for California’s farmers and ranchers, who have been upended by changes in markets and problems with supply chains? This past week, the U.S. Senate introduced a trillion dollar pandemic relief bill, that included $20 billion for farms, ranches and rural communities. We have the details. More and more Californians are receiving those small packages of mystery seeds from China and other countries....
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California’s farmers have some tough decisions to make, real soon, about fall and winter planting. Just how much should they plant? The loss of markets due to Covid-19 related restaurant closures and an uncertain school year could mean tighter supplies for cool season vegetables such as lettuce, broccoli and cauliflower. The dreaded “d” word - drought - is being heard more and more here in the West. The latest casualties - Califo...
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Everything is getting thrown in the way of California farming in 2020. The Covid-19 pandemic is causing a serious labor shortage on the state’s farms. Ongoing trade disputes have some growers worried if they will have a market for their crops this fall. The bureaucratic morass of federal relief rules for farmers seems to change constantly. In many rural areas of the state, including the far reaches of Sacramento County, schooling f...
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Good news is hard to come by these days, so let’s start with this: reservoir storage right now in California is enough to get us through this water year, and maybe a bit more available to move to south state farming regions. And University of California researchers have a breakthrough: a peptide that just might thwart citrus greening disease. With rural wildfire season upon us, Covid-19 concerns may hamper firefighting efforts. We ...
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California's farms, ranches and agricultural businesses are going to take a big hit from pandemic related losses. The range? Between $5.9 and $8.6 billion this year. That's according to an economic study recently released. We have the details. There's a record breaking almond crop on the way here in California. But can robust almond sales survive pandemics, trade disputes, and weather? We have that report. And it's ...
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If your specialty crop is not on the list for those eligible for coronavirus assistance payments from the USDA, there is a way you can get included, but you better hurry. And among those currently not eligible are two major California agricultural producers, cut flowers and nursery products. The Japanese Beetle is back in Sacramento County, a major threat to the county’s wine grapes and pears. We talk with the Sacramento County Agr...
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There’s a bit of relief for California’s Klamath Basin Farmers. The water that was taken away from them last week, is back. We’ll explain that one. California latest ag statistics are out, you have a few minutes to think about which are the five leading agricultural commodities in California according to the latest report. We’ll tell you, don’t worry. Sacramento county farmers are concerned: Japanese beetles, which can decimate hu...
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Not to pile on with all the other problems right now…but there’s a drought in California. And, in a bit of a switch, much drier than normal soil is taking hold in Northern California rather than in Southern California. And up in the far north of the state, Klamath basin farmers say they are facing the heartbreaking prospect of watching their crops wither, because of sharply cut water allocations recently. How resilient is the U.S. ...
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