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Harvest of big walnut crop under way in California
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Harvest of big walnut crop under way in California
The harvest of early walnut varieties is under way in California, and growers are expecting a record overall crop.

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Growers await methyl bromide alternative
Agricultural industry leaders are happy to see the development of fluensulfone, a non-fumigant alternative to methyl bromide approved for controlling nematodes. But it could be awhile before the product is used in the fields, they say.
Washington apple harvest in full swing
Washington apple harvest in full swing
Washington growers are nearing the half-way point of harvesting their largest apple crop in history. So far good weather has helped but most everyone could use more pickers.
NASS defends bullish Calif. crop estimates
A National Agrcultural Statistics Service official in California is defending the agency's crop estimates after California Citrus Mutual became the latest of several commodity organizations to say that NASS projection for their crop was too high.
Hops growers in Yakima Valley face worker shortage
Hop growers have raised wages and offered bonuses for those workers who stay throughout the harvest.
Grant funds test plot for Idaho hops
Grant funds test plot for Idaho hops
Idaho hop growers hope a $68,250 specialty crop grant that will be used to create a central test plot for new varieties will help them avoid planting new varieties that don't perform well in Idaho.
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.
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.
A ‘very good’ Va. apple crop hitting peak season
Apples were Virginia’s 15th largest agricultural commodity in 2012. Farm cash receipts totaled $54 million that year.
In labor battle, Sakuma enlists history, immigration reform
In labor battle, Sakuma enlists history, immigration reform
Labor organizers continue to target Sakuma Brothers Farms, whose chairman, third-generation owner Steve Sakuma, says the real problem is immigration laws that hold back workers.
DOL fights return of ‘hot goods’ fines
The U.S. Labor Department wants a federal judge to dismiss roughly $370,000 in counterclaims filed by farmers who were coerced into settlement deals with the agency.