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Port dispute dealing serious blow to citrus
A contract dispute that is disrupting port operations in California has already cost growers and shippers about $12 to $15 million just since late October.
UC researchers' latest findings on major grape diseases
University of California researcher Kent Daane says the vine mealybug is the number one culprit in spreading leafroll viruses in grapes in the San Joaquin Valley.
Bulldozed vineyards yield way to almonds, other crops

Once again, bulldozers are rumbling through Central Valley vineyards in California taking out thousands of vines, just as they did a little over a decade ago.

But the mood is different this time around after a year in which wine grape growers with long-term contracts fared far better than those without.

“This time, there’s not a lot of distress, not a lot of drama,” said Carson Smith, chairman of the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association.

Agroterrorists and Al Qaeda target US agriculture 2
The central San Joaquin Valley, boasting billions of dollars in agricultural production, is vulnerable to attack from terrorists — foreign or homegrown. U.S. forces have found documents at an Al Qaeda training camp showing interest in targeting farms in the United States. California agriculture is also under the threat of violence from marijuana traffickers. Marijuana farming has seen an explosion, boosted by California medical laws. A single acre of marijuana can bring sales valued at $19 million.
Apple growers look at improved 2010
Lance Shebelut was seeing red. But that’s a good thing when you’re looking at a crop of Gala apples that has color shoppers want, thanks to a cooler summer in the San Joaquin Valley. For Shebelut, who grows apples in Madera County, and many other California apple growers, it was among the good news for the 2010 crop that will help make up for what many are calling a terrible year for the state’s apples in 2009.
Table grape growers tour SJV
Joe Lazarra, a table grape grower from Australia, thrust a shovel into the dusty soil at the University of California
Thompson Seedless demand heating up
The crown jewels of the California wine grapes may be Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but when it comes
Optimistic sign for table olives
The simple fact that a meeting was held recently in Tulare County, California’s top table olive producer, on how to
Battling NOW in almonds
You may not always get two birds with one stone, but going after two nut pests with one spraying could pay off for
Economy favoring SJV wine grapes
California’s central SJV wine grapes have been likened to the automotive industry, says Nat DiBuduo, president of
Biofuel crops show promise
Someday travelers may be flying cross-country on airplanes powered by oil extracted crops grown on the windy West Side
Looking for water shortage answers
Well, now — there’s a deep subject. So goes the old corny joke that may not be quite as amusing these days as more
Citrus growers focus on water, HLB
Regulators and researchers are stepping up efforts to find an insect that can spread a deadly disease that could
Walnut safety and canker disease
Walnuts, an $825 million crop in California, have been free of food safety scares to this point and need to be kept
2010 citrus expectations
Despite a recession that cut into 2009 citrus sales – most notably for lemons – things are expected to be a bit
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