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Why your orchard may be at risk of unusually heavy pressure from navel orangeworm this season Commented on: 4 days ago (April 16, 2015)

It is well established that orchard sanitation is the key to NOW management, but growers cannot control migration from outside sources,even with good orchard practices. What is hard to understand...

8 facts about almonds, agriculture, and the drought Commented on: 1 week ago (April 10, 2015)

Good article. Now distribute it to someone other than those of us who already know the facts

Irrigation districts seize water taken by feds Commented on: 1 week ago (April 10, 2015)

Is someone or some group finally standing up to the Feds on this issue?

State regulators defend California agriculture Commented on: 1 week ago (April 7, 2015)

So why is it that just about everyone from Governor Moonbeam on down still says that agriculture uses 80% of CA's water? It is about 80% of 47%. I see quotes essentially every day where some...

Short water shifting California crops, farming locations Commented on: 3 weeks ago (March 25, 2015)

The tough question that needs to be answered by politicians and bureaucrats is simply this:
The loss of species such as the delta smelt and salmon can be temporary and such species can be...

Growers launch energy beet demonstration plant Commented on: 11 weeks ago (January 29, 2015)

Too bad the whole project is based upon two hoaxes. First, the evidence from numerous studies is mixed on whether there is a net gain or loss in energy from ethanol, and even when there is a gain...

Mark Watte: High Cotton Award for Western Farm Press Commented on: 14 weeks ago (January 6, 2015)

Congrats Mark, you deserve the recognition.
Cheers,
Dale

Agriculture must quickly throttle up its public relations Commented on: 17 weeks ago (December 18, 2014)

You are singing to the quire. What ag needs is an organized public info lobby of dedicated PR folks who's job is solely to react to falsehoods where ever they appear. An industry paid group of...

California's regulated drought impacts aquifers Commented on: 49 weeks ago (May 9, 2014)

It seems the last paragraph argues FOR groundwater regulation to keep wells from drying up. But, more surface storage would certainly help the problem.

California drought tough on honeybee health Commented on: 51 weeks ago (April 23, 2014)

A few years ago I inspected numerous blocks of almonds between Bakersfield and Shafter for a fairly large farming company. They placed a few 5 gallon plastic buckets around the orchard perimeters...

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