KSTE Farm Hour

KSTE Farm Hour

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As if the ongoing tariff battles weren’t enough to keep California’s farmers on edge, the record rains of May throughout much of the Golden State’s prime ag areas added to their concerns. We focus on two crops in our area threatened by all the wet weather: cherries and rice. We talk with a couple of local growers who have a lot of concerns. There is one California crop that is coming out ahead in the latest tariff troubles with Chi... Read more

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California’s almond growers are facing a double whammy: the ongoing tariff battle with China means fewer sales to one of that crop’s prime export markets. And, the four alarm fire at Blue Diamond Growers huge processing facility in Sacramento adds more uncertainty for what promises to be a record almond crop in 2019. Where will the next generation of California’s farmers come from? The state’s burgeoning number of urban farms may b... Read more

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California will be phasing out the use of an agricultural chemical that many of the state’s farmers rely on: it’s the insecticide, Chlorpyrifos. We have the details. Virulent Newcastle Disease is growing in southern california, threatening the area’s poultry industry. Now, it has spread to Arizona. We have tips for protecting northern california flocks. And we delve into the world of pet food. Is California and the rest of the US p... Read more

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If you’re sitting in a Central Valley coffee shop some morning, you just might overhear a group of farmers chatting. Chances are, it’ll be about the weather, water, prices, or the lack of available farm labor. Oh, and they might mention that the coffee shop is the only place around that has high speed internet. We tackle all four of those hot farm topics today. Also, we try to unravel the mess that is international trade. Just when... Read more

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It’s one of the biggest cattle operations in California, and it’s just been sold. The Harris Ranch has new owners. We have the details. The Central Valley Project has upped the amount of water it will be sending to south of Delta stakeholders this summer. But it’s still not at 100% of delivery expectations. We talk to a farmer who has taken it upon himself and his neighbors to clean up illegal dumping in rural Yuba and Sutter count... Read more

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It’s only updated every five years. It’s the USDA Census of Agriculture, and it was just released. We drill down through the 6 million data points in that report to answer the question: how is California agriculture faring? We talk with an agricultural statistics expert. The Golden State is home to many agricultural products that are primarily from California alone. You know about our monopoly on growing walnuts, almonds, raisins a... Read more

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It’s one of the most used farm chemicals. It’s the weedkiller, glyphosate. It’s a product that’s facing losing battles in California courts, and being rejected by insurance companies for coverage back east. Farmers in California are wondering: How much longer will glyphosate be available? It’s been a wet cool winter and early spring. How are California’s extensive acres of almonds faring? We check in with a Northern California farm... Read more

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Water, lots of it, has been the focus for agriculture across the country. But unlike the midwest flooding, the water story here in California is mostly good news. We have that report. The Trump administration’s threats to completely close down the border with Mexico could have serious ramifications for California’s farmers. We tell you which crops will face the biggest export losses…and, the crops from Mexico that might disappear f... Read more

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The deadly chicken sickness, Virulent Newcastle Disease, is spreading in California. And now it has has been found in several commercial chicken operations. We have that report. The FCC paid a visit to some local ag operations here, to find out more about what rural California needs the most: higher internet speeds. The wet but warmer weather of early spring means more problems with mosquitoes for homeowners, ranchers and farmers. ... Read more

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Congratulations, you’ve just enjoyed the wettest winter on record in the United States. And this spring and summer, California’s farmers will see increased water allocations from the Central Valley Project and the State Water Project. We have the numbers. The deadliest pest to California’s citrus industry has found its way into Sacramento County. The Asian Citrus Psyllid, which vectors citrus greening disease, was found earlier thi... Read more

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Central Valley Farmers and Southern California water users may see some steep rate hikes ahead. They and other State Water Project water customers may be on the hook for the costs of the majority of repairs at Oroville Dam, totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. All because the Federal Government says they won’t cover those costs. We’ll tell you why. The wet California winter is a combination of good news and bad news for the st... Read more

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It was a wet February, and more atmospheric rivers have hit California to start off March. Overflowing streams have caused farm damage in Northern California, we’ll tell you where. There’s a lot of water flowing out to sea as a result of all those storms, but we will tell you about one irrigation district in California that’s taking that excess water and distributing it to farmers for a very good use. There are some happy farmers ... Read more

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The atmospheric rivers of rain that have inundated California recently have area almond growers concerned about the 2019 crop. On the other hand, all that precipitation has raised water allocations for California farmers who contract with the Central Valley Project or the State Water Project. We chat with a fifth generation Yolo County farmer, Bruce Rominger, about his efforts at sustainable farming on his 6,500 acres of crops. And... Read more

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We’ve got lots of good news for California’s farmers this week. It’s only late February, but already the Sierra snowpack is at its April 1 average…meaning there will be plenty of irrigation surface water coming your way from the State Water Project and the Central Valley Project. And the CVP has made its initial allocations of water availability. We have those nice numbers. What’s more important than water? Your children. And we pu... Read more

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California’s new governor outlined his plans for the future of California, and Gavin Newsom couldn’t have been clearer. Plus, the governor made a big change in the leadership of the Department of Water Resources, a change in personnel that pleased many Central Valley growers. We have the details. New outbreaks of the deadly chicken illness, Virulent Newcastle Disease in California. We’ll tell you where. Flying drones over your farm... Read more

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Donald Trump has kept his word to California’s farmers. He’s attempting to shift Delta water away from fish and send it to the farms and cities of the Central Valley. The details are in the just-released U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Biological Assessment for the Delta. And there’s already blowback. Farmers are filing for bankruptcy in record numbers in the Midwest. But what about California’s farmers? How healthy is their financial o... Read more

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The Department of Water Resources conducted their monthly snow survey last week, and what they found is very good news for farm and city dwellers for 2019. More farm groups are telling Congress: we need workers. We need a fix to the immigrant farm labor issue. Nutrias are up, butterflies are down. The nutria is a large burrowing rodent that can destroy crops and levees. Its numbers have exploded in the Delta area in the last year. ... Read more

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California’s farmers demand it. Democrats in congress are voting on it. And the President says he wants it, too. What is it? A plan for immigrant farm labor. It’s called the Agricultural Worker Program Act, and its currently working its way through Congress. We have an update. Farm Service Agency offices are reopening…but during this federal worker shutdown, how long will they remain open to aid the nation’s farmers? We take a look... Read more

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President Trump recently promised farmers that he’ll open the southern border to make it easier to get much needed farm laborers into the United States. We have the details. California just released their yearly roundup of agricultural statistics. Which crops were the big winners? Which California counties are responsible for the most farm income? We’ll tell you. One of the big applause lines at President Trump’s speech to the Amer... Read more

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Don’t believe all the negativity about this year’s water supply for California farmers. The Department of Water Resources has encouraging news about this year’s Sierra snowpack, water that will eventually find its way to Central Valley Project and State Water Project customers. We have the numbers. THere’s an ever so slight opening in the door to increased trade with China. And it could be a big deal for California’s rice growers. ... Read more

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