2015 California almond production is forecast at 1.80 billion meat pounds, down 3 percent from May's subjective forecast and 4 percent below last year.
The objective crop estimate, based on a National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) survey funded by the Almond Board of California (ABC), is based on 890,000 bearing acres.
Production for the Nonpareil variety is forecast at 670,000 million meat pounds, down 6 percent from last year’s deliveries. The Nonpareil estimate is 37 percent of the total California almond crop....More
Today I wrote down on the white board I use for planning purposes what I think NASS will come out with tomorrow when the objective almond forecast is released.
No… I’m not going to publish it just yet. I will truthfully reveal my guess in a future blog. You’ll just have to trust me....More
There is truth to comments made in recent months implying that California agriculture’s voice on water use during the mega drought has not been heard by intended receivers. Yet agriculture’s vocal cords and keystrokes are finally reaching the eyes and ears of the John Q. Public and mainstream media....More
On a warm, sunny afternoon in late April, University of California Cooperative Extension Viticulture-Soils Farm Advisor Mark Battany guided the GMC pick-up truck across hilly, drought-parched pasture near Paso Robles on the Central Coast.
The truck moved slowly – dodging a gopher hole – to reach a new state-of-the-art weather station which extended 35-feet skyward on land owned by the J. Lohr Winery....More
The need for partnerships to meet water needs as California moves into the fourth year of a drought, the June 10 deadline for voting to sustain support for the fight against Pierce’s disease, and the strengthening of the U.S. dollar and its impact on wine exports and imports were among topics discussed at a workshop in Parlier, Calif.
The program was presented by the San Joaquin Valley Winegrowers Association and the California Association of Winegrape Growers....More
I live on the Delta and am a retired mechanical engineer and hold a Master’s degree in business administration. I have an idea on California’s water situation that I believe merits serious review. I call it The California Delta Fresh Water Assurance Barrier plan.
This idea is not new as similar proposals go back more than 100 years. However, California was a dramatically different place then. I believe the idea’s time has now come....More
Don’t get out the umbrellas just yet. University of Arizona agricultural meteorologist Paul Brown is suspicious of wet weather forecasts as are many of you.
“For many years, I have not trusted climate models, yet over the last 3-4 years they’ve done a pretty good job correctly predicting wet weather biases in the Southwest, including wet summer monsoon patterns,” Brown says.
The National Weather Service reports an El Niño wet weather pattern is finally in place – about six months later than expected....More
Mark Killian, tapped in April as the new director of the Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA), is quickly finding a new home with his rural constituents on the issues and challenges which lay ahead for the Grand Canyon State’s $17 billion farming industry.
The Killian family has deep Arizona farming roots with more than a century in production agriculture.
“Agriculture has been a part of my life – I love it,” said Killian, who grows cotton, wheat, and alfalfa and raises beef on about 1,700 acres in the state....More