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UC-Davis researcher watch flight of walnut pest

Researchers at the University of California-Davis have been watching flight patterns of the walnut twig beetle to determine how to best use synthetic pheromones to disrupt the pest's mating. The beetle combines with a fungus to cause thousand cankers disease, which kills walnut trees. More

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Forecasters still anticipate weak El Nino

The federal Climate Prediction Center still expects weak El Nino conditions to develop this winter, but "it's anyone's guess" whether the phonemenon... More


Drought expected to push down pistachio crop

As harvest is under way in California's San Joaquin Valley, this year's pistachio crop is about 15 percent smaller than last year's because of the... More


NASS still predicts record tomato crop

The National Agricultural Statistics Service is maintaining its prediction of a record 14-million-ton processing tomato crop in California. More


EPA approves new methyl bromide alternative

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced it is registering a new nematicide as a non-fumigant alternative to methyl bromide, which is being phased out. More

Record walnut crop expected despite drought

While the drought is taking its toll on other nut crops, a government agency expects California walnut growers to enjoy a record crop in 2014. More

Rocks slow wildfire in Yosemite backcountry

The Yosemite blaze has burned more than 7½ square miles and was 23 percent contained Wednesday night. More

Judge rejects latest bid to keep oyster farm open

The company was notified in 2007 that its 40-year lease would not be renewed when it expired in 2012. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, won passage of a bill in 2009 allowing the Interior secretary to extend the lease for another 10 years. Nonetheless, then-Interior Secretary Ken Salazar denied.. More

Water use drops in July amid drought

The state board approved water restrictions in July that include fines up to $500-a-day for water wasters, and it could consider more aggressive conservation measures later this month. More

Field Poll: Water bond leads among likely voters

Supporters have work to do promoting Proposition 1. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed had not heard about the proposal. More

Cooler weather slows Yosemite wildfire

High humidity and scattered rain showers on Monday tamped down the Yosemite National Park fire, which had burned about 4 square miles of timberland. More

Water bond opponents attack money for dams

Opponents of California's $7.5 million water bond proposal announced their presence by unveiling a poll claiming to show soft support for the measure negotiated by Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature. More

Yosemite wildfire nearly quadruples in size

The visitors who were evacuated on Sunday included hikers who had climbed Half Dome. More

California boy recovers from mountain lion attack

The boy was among a group of 10 — comprised of his parents, two more parents and other children — hiking at the Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve. More

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