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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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Following the lead of the Central Valley Project, the State Water Project is increasing its allocations of summer water to California’s farmers. But they’re saying don’t expect any more this year. We have the numbers. It’s picking time for some of our state’s tastiest crops: blueberries and cherries. We talk with a Lodi cherry grower about this year’s harvest. More details are emerging about the Coronavirus Food assistance program ...
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Amidst all the bad farm economic news due to the pandemic, there are some bright spots. The Central Valley Project is releasing more water to its farm customers south of the Delta. And we hear from President Trump, who last week announced a new, $19 billion dollar relief plan for farmers, including California’s specialty crop producers. We have the outlook for the Western wildfire season, and we pay a visit to a Sacramento Valley r...
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There are about 25 million acres of farm and ranch land in California. Which commodity utilizes the most acreage? It’s almonds, and more and more almond trees are going in the ground in the Golden State. We have the numbers. Hard to say which is flowing faster right now, water from California’s dams, or lawsuits, to stop the flow of water from dams intended for California’s farmers. We have the latest news on that front. And, we di...
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There is a lot of Covid 19 pandemic-related california farm stories this week, and we will get to them, but we turn our attention first to what could be the most persistent worry of California’s farmers: the summer water supply. We take a look at the final snow survey numbers that will play a big part in how much surface water farms will be getting this year. USDA Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue recently said that meat supplies ...
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Everyone’s concern level is heightened recently, and that includes California’s farmers. Will the ongoing Covid 19 pandemic fundamentally change the way we do business? What will be the new normal? We don’t know. But we do have good news - farmers, and everyone associated with agriculture here in California - will keep producing healthy, safe food. But in the meantime, things will stay interesting. The effects of the Coronavirus on...
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California farmers and the rest of the nation’s farmers were getting a bit miffed earlier this month at being on the short end - the real short end - of Covid19-related relief money from the Trump Administration. Well, that’s about to change. We have the numbers. And they’re big numbers. Another casualty of Covid 19- related anxiety: a run on seeds, especially seeds for home gardeners. Why have those seed packs disappeared from cat...
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Despite the early spring rains in the valley and snow in the mountains, the Central Valley Project will be reducing the amount of available water to California’s farmers, including those with senior water rights. We have the numbers. Covid-19 woes continue for many sectors of California agriculture. Overall, most ag prices are down. But there is some good news: organic produce sales are way up. We talk with an expert on how to attr...
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The Covid-19 pandemic continues to roil California agriculture. The beef, dairy, poultry, fruit and vegetable sectors all have their tales of concerns and setbacks. We have the details. Farmers and fishermen haven’t been the best of partners when it comes to divvying up California water supplies. But the state’s rice industry is spearheading an attempt to increase the number of wild salmon…by using fallowed, waterlogged Sacramento ...
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The April Sierra Snow Survey by the Department of Water Resources is considered the benchmark for spring and summer water deliveries to farmers throughout the Valley. The results are in. And let’s just say, it could have been worse. We have the numbers. New farmworkers from Mexico: are they allowed to come into the U.S.…or not? We unravel the latest twists and turns in that story. How is the USMCA deal for freer trade among the Uni...
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Water and labor issues once again dominate the worries of California’s farmers, oh, and yeah…that Covid-19 situation, as well, is creating confusion and problems. The coronavirus outbreak may put a halt to any new farm workers coming from Mexico. We update that story. Farmers markets: are they open, or are they closed. We unravel the confusion. A UC Study says that full implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act ...
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Coronavirus woes are hitting everyone, including California’s farm communities. Markets for California farm goods are diminishing, especially crops earmarked for restaurants, airplanes and hotels. Confusion about what constitutes an essential service or an essential business in agriculture during shelter in place orders has become a bit clearer. We’ll explain. What happens to those food products? The USDA thinks they have a partial...
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Impacts to California Agriculture due to the coronavirus are widespread and growing. A double hit to California’s grape growers: the grape crush numbers are down, and another grape disease looms: Grapevine Red Blight Virus. There is one bright spot on the China trade front: that country is now granting access to California nectarines that originate in the San Joaquin Valley. We have the details. And we talk with a local community ...
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There’s a beautiful, but deadly new pest headed to California. It’s the spotted lantern fly, a voracious feeder on scores of important crops, including grapes and almonds. We tell you where they originated, and where they’ve landed, here in California. A third payment to farmers for trade relief is looking doubtful. We have the details. And we have a California prune primer for you…all about that misunderstood crop. That, and a lot...
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The President promised farmers in Bakersfield more water recently. It won’t be coming anytime soon. You may have noticed why: It hasn’t rained in the valleys or snowed in the mountains for over a month here. We have the ugly numbers. How’s that Phase One China trade deal working out for California’s farmers? There are still a lot of unknowns. Recent agricultural research once again shows, Everything You Know is Wrong. In this case,...
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The President paid a visit to Bakersfield last week. He brought good news for San Joaquin Valley farmers. That’s right, more Northern California water will be heading south. And, of course, lawsuits will be filed. How much nitrogen does alfalfa need? You might be surprised at how much money you could be saving if you’ve been fertilizing your alfalfa with too much nitrogen. We take a look at current Sierra snow levels (it’s shrinkin...
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Don’t be fooled by those views of the snow-capped Sierra Nevada mountains. With the lack of precipitation, that white stuff is shrinking rapidly, threatening summertime time agricultural water supplies. As a result, water talks are heating up here in Valley over who gets any available water. We talk with one influential valley farmer, and his hopes for a compromise. Illegal pesticide use, as well as counterfeit pesticides, are a gr...
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How are 2020’s surface water supplies faring for California agriculture so far? We’ll take a walk in snow country to find out. Chapter 12 farm bankruptcies are on the rise. We talk with an expert about the reasons why. The outbreak of coronavirus in China is having ramifications for California’s farmers. We talk about this wildcard for ag exports from the Golden State. Is UC Davis going to become a wine merchant? There’s a move afo...
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Farmers are fondly waving goodbye to WOTUS, and saying hello to the NWPR. What does that mean? Less federal interference to how farmers can grow your food. Don’t worry, we’ll explain those very wet acronyms. One local farmer is growing world-renowned tomatoes. We’ll have a conversation with Brad Gates of Wild Boar Farms about his unique tomato varieties. We have news of lots of advances on the international ag trade front, but ther...
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Almond blossoms will soon dot the valley…that means that beekeepers are getting busy, moving more that two and half million beehives into California’s orchards right now. We talk to a couple of Valley beekeepers about this frenetic pace of activity. Central Valley grape vineyards are being yanked out because of poor sales. We’ll tell you what’s being planted instead. Now is gopher hunting season in California’s orchards and farmlan...
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