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Pass the ketchup – California breaks processing tomato record

2015 California processing tomato contracted production is forecast at 14.5 million tons, 4 percent higher than last year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Average processing tomato yields are about 49.5 tons per acre. The total acreage for harvested tomatoes is 293,000 acres, a 3-percent increase over last year.

California tomato growers produce more than 90 percent of the nation's processed tomatoes and nearly half of the world's total processed tomato tonnage, according to the California Tomato Growers Association.

California's four-year drought continues to take its toll
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Political battles heat up as GOP points fingers at Democrats over California's water issues
Barley genome sequencing under way at University of California
University of California sequences barley genome
University of California continues work to sequence the barley genome
Barley genome sequencing under way at University of California
University of California sequences barley genome
University of California continues work to sequence the barley genome
Well drilling rig in western Fresno County
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California's collapsing aquifers and sinking land can be linked directly to the state's refusal to boost surface water supplies and storage for agriculture
PD/GWSS Board approves North Coast project

The Pierce’s Disease/Glassywinged-Sharpshooter Board of Directors in mid-August voted to fund a research project on potential shifts in the disease’s epidemiology.

According to the board, the research project was proposed due to the apparent resurgence of Pierce's disease on California’s North Coast with distribution patterns previously unseen. The board believes it is important to look for any new conditions or vectors which could contribute to the recent outbreak.

Fresno State hires new farm manager
Fresno State alum returns to manage university farm
Fresno State hires new farm manager to oversee growing operations as diverse as the San Joaquin Valley itself.
Shasta Lake doing better than it was in 1977
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Has California learned its lesson by trying to squeeze water from nothing?
California raisin grape production jumps 13 percent

The California raisin-type grape forecast for 2015 is 2.00 million tons, up 13 percent from last year’s final production, according to the results of an objective measurement (O.M.) survey conducted in July by the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Bunches per vine totaled 43.4, NASS says, up 19 percent from the previous year’s bunch count of 36.5. 

Survey results estimate bearing acreage at 185,000 which pegs the yield at about 10.8 tons per acre.

Well drilling rig
10 must-read drought stories for Aug. 13
10 must-read drought stories for Aug. 13
New Melones Reservoir
Oakdale farmers get four more inches of surface water
Oakdale Irrigation District allocates additional four inches of surface water to Ag users in the district
Researchers discover how bees protect offspring
Researchers discover how bees protect offspring
Researchers find possible pathway to protecting bees through a protein in bee blood
Raising Shasta Dam is said to be 'too costly'
10 must-read drought stories for Aug. 5
10 must-read drought stories for Aug. 5
California's mandated 25-percent water conservation target was exceeded in June.
California achieves water conservation targets in June
California achieves water conservation targets in June.
California reservoirs are going dry
Western Growers lauds Senators over drought bill
Western Growers lauds Senators Feinstein and Boxer for introduction of California Emergency Drought Relief Act of 2015
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