Vegetables en Ag-at-Large: Dry beans important crop in Calif. farming <div class="field-byline"> Don Curlee: Ag at Large commentary </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>Since the four varieties of beans grown in California are identified as dry, you&rsquo;d think the just concluded drought would not have affected them, but it did. Recovery is underway.</p> <p>Production of dry beans in California dropped from the average of 35,000 tons of tonnage to the high 20,000s in 2015. Several who normally grow them just didn&rsquo;t plant, saving water for other crops with greater income potential.&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:03:00 +0000 170021 at <p>Black-eye peas in a Tulare County farm field.</p> Honeydews: from California fields to Canadian markets <div class="node-body gallery-body">Northern California honeydew harvest has connections with Canada</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Vegetables Tue, 06 Sep 2016 18:45:00 +0000 169621 at <p>Honeydew melons are whisked along a conveyor line to coolers, and eventually consumers.</p> Canning tomato numbers trail last year's crop <div class="node-body article-body">Production of canning tomatoes is forecast to be 11 percent behind last year’s crop. Contracted production for processing tomatoes is forecast at 12.8 million tons.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Tomatoes Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:06:00 +0000 169421 at <p>Hot weather lead to an earlier start to processing tomato harvest this year.</p> 2015 Fresno County crop value slides 6.5 percent <div class="field-deck"> Reduction tied to drought water reductions </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Fresno County agricultural value dropped 6 percent in 2015. County has fallen from top spot as leading producer of food and fiber in the United States.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Tree Nuts Vegetables Crops Tue, 09 Aug 2016 22:21:00 +0000 169071 at <p>Almonds remain the most-valuable single crop produced in Fresno County, accounting for $1.2 billion to growers&nbsp;in 2015.</p> Website invites consumers to see food price mark-ups <div class="node-body blog-body">The California-based Western Growers Association recently revamped its “Produce Price Index” (PPI) website to allow consumers to easily identify the price difference between what customers pay at grocery stores for fresh produce and what farmers actually receive for their products.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Crops Farm Press Blog Mon, 01 Aug 2016 22:50:00 +0000 168851 at High-tech answers sought for farm labor shortages <div class="node-body article-body">Labor issues remain a key concern of growers and food processors, according to Tom Nassif, president and chief executive officer for Western Growers Association, an agricultural trade association that represents about half of the nation’s fruit, vegetable and tree nut production in Arizona, California and Colorado. “Our labor supply is at a critical stage right now, as is our water supply,” Nassif said. </div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Orchard Crops Vegetables Thu, 21 Jul 2016 18:08:00 +0000 168721 at <p>Harold McClarty, left, Samuel Duda, center, and Tom Nassif discuss the challenges of agricultural labor shortages at the Forbes AgTech Summit in Salinas, Calif.</p> Monterey County crop value hits $4.8B on strong prices <div class="field-deck"> 29 different commodities saw stronger prices in 2015 </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Stronger commodity prices in some vegetables helped push the gross agricultural value in Monterey County, Calif. to a record $4.8 billion in 2015.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Crops Thu, 30 Jun 2016 11:24:00 +0000 168231 at <p>Stronger prices for Cauliflower, coupled with increased acreage and slightly higher yields, pushed the gross value of the vegetable crop in Monterey County, Calif. to over $238 million in 2015.</p> Gallery: Who's Who at the Desert Ag Conference <div class="node-body gallery-body"><p>The Annual Desert Ag Conference is a homecoming of sorts for Arizona pest control advisors, crop consultants, growers, and many others involved in desert agriculture in the Grand Canyon State.</p> <p>About 230 folks gathered for this year&#39;s event which covered a wide array of topics, including the slow and expensive route to bring a pesticide to market, discussed by research scientist Jesse Richardson of Dow AgroSciences.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Pesticides Wed, 15 Jun 2016 20:51:00 +0000 167991 at 2010-2015: Impact of bagrada bug on desert cole crops <div class="field-byline"> By John Palumbo, University of Arizona research scientist </div> <div class="node-body article-body"><p>With the 2015-2016 winter produce season finally finished, now is a good time to reflect on pest issues last fall.</p> <p>The bagrada bug, <em>Bagrada hilaris</em>, first occurred on desert cole crops at damaging levels in Fall 2010 and has since been an established pest.</p> <p>In an attempt to document the severity of bagrada bug infestations on direct seeded and transplanted cole crops, and the intensity of chemical management, we have annually surveyed growers and pest control advisers from Yuma, Imperial, and Maricopa counties since 2010.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Thu, 02 Jun 2016 00:31:00 +0000 167711 at Food safety panel: LGMA guidelines scientifically sound <div class="node-body article-body"><p>A panel of food safety experts conducting an independent review of the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement&rsquo;s food safety <em>Guidelines</em> basically calls the current production practices scientifically sound, current, and in some cases more stringent than existing federal guidelines.</p></div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vegetables Mon, 23 May 2016 22:27:00 +0000 167401 at