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Lemons, wine grapes big winners in Arizona

  • Sep 19, 2014
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    Pitahaya fruit a future western Top-10 crop contender?

    Odds are some of you have never heard of pitahaya fruit. Pitahaya what? My computer Inbox recently included a pitahaya crop meeting notice from University of California (UC) farm advisor Jose Aguiar in Riverside County on an upcoming Pitahaya Fruit Mini Festival in Indio. I’ve heard of the cactus fruit but have never reported on it. I noticed the first item on the agenda was a pitahaya ice cream testing. It was time to jump in the truck and go. Unfortunately a quick glance at the calendar indicated a schedule conflict....More
  • A bridge across the San Andreas Fault
    Sep 8, 2014
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    Did Napa quake unearth groundwater?

    Did the earthquake in Napa unearth a new supply of water? Why are those creeks flowing then if we're in a drought?...More
  • Sep 3, 2014
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    DPR report sets record straight on pesticide safety

    Sept. 2 was a great day for California agriculture and a major migraine headache producer for the anti-pesticide crowd. The California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) announced that once again that the vast majority of produce the public agency tested in 2013 had little or no detectable pesticide residues and…posed no health risks to the public. Let’s relish those last seven words – “posed no health risks to the public” – magic words in farm speak....More
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