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California drought takes bite out of rice harvest
This year rice farmers only planted 420,000 acres — 25 percent less than last year — because of water restrictions, according to the California Rice Commission.

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Confusion over drought maps prompts UC workshop
A drought workshop offered by the University of California-Davis on Nov. 7 will include information about how climatologists can put together the U.S. Drought Monitor, which can affect ranchers' disaster relief payments.
Tomato growers peg crop at  record 14 million tons
Tomato growers peg crop at record 14 million tons
California processing tomato growers expect to meet contracts for a record 14-million-ton crop. Good weather during crop development and having more acres planted than originally expected enabled growers to meet the goal.
Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production
Adverse weather hampers Calif. olive oil production
California olive oil producers are hoping to match last year's mark of 3.5 million gallons after adverse weather affected crop development. Production had been increasing dramatically in recent years.
Fire burns pallets, hay in Gilroy
Fire crews from San Jose, Gilroy and Morgan Hill as well as the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection were fighting the flames.
Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
Rice growers wrap up drought-diminished harvest
California rice farmers are wrapping up their harvest of a crop that's expected to be 23 percent smaller than last year's. Good yields on many of the acres that were planted will help make up at least a small part of the loss of revenue, as will sales of...
Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop
Rain damage, water shortage hamper pumpkin crop
A few rain-damaged pumpkins in northern areas and water shortages in the San Joaquin Valley put a blemish on what has otherwise been a decent pumpkin crop in California, growers say.
New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs
New guidelines aim to prevent bee die-offs
An industry group has suggested best-management practices to protect bees from pesticides during the almond blossom. Bee experts are lauding the effort, which follows a massive bee die-off at the end of the bloom earlier this year.
Even normal rain won’t end Calif. drought, expert says
California will likely remain in a drought this winter even if most areas receive normal rainfall, according to an expert from the federal Climate Prediction Center. The center issued its annual winter outlook, which predicts warmer weather throughout...
Yellow fever mosquito reaches Southern California
Experts say the mosquito is aggressive and bites during the day. It’s capable of spreading yellow fever, dengue and chikungunya — although so far those diseases haven’t turned up in Los Angeles County.
Big leap forward for recovery of endangered frog
The amphibians, whose scientific name is Rana muscosa, once thrived in the high mountain streams and lakes of the Sierra Nevada and Southern California.