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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 rice straw. More

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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... More

 

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. More

 

Calif. weather outlook still dry, but surprises may loom

Forecasters still maintain that any El Nino that develops in California this winter will be weak, but a series of storms this week have suggested... More

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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. More

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. More

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. More

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. More

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 the West and less winter rain than normal in... More

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. More

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. More

$7.5 billion question faces California water users

Under California's proposed $7.5 billion water bond, it could take years before growers see any water from new storage projects, if they ever do. But farm groups say the measure would still provide a boost to existing water supplies. More

UC course teaches about on-farm conservation

The University of California Cooperative Extension is offering an online course that aims to foster understanding among food safety professionals of certain conservation measures taken on the farm. More

Dairy farmers ask for help with hungry elk

Dairy farmers say the elk have knocked down fences and often gobble up the rye grasses that cows rely upon. More

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