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Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
Mechanical harvests of raisin grapes increase dramatically
About 28 percent of California's raisin grape acreage was harvested mechanically last season, up dramatically from two years ago, and experts think machine harvests will keep increasing as labor costs rise.

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American Sugar Cane League: 2016 crop shows good potential

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The American Sugar Cane League predicts the 2016 cane crop shows good potential and could pass last year’s 1.4 million tons of raw sugar.

Senior Agronomist Herman Waguespack said as the prime sugarcane growing...

New housing trend rooted in agriculture

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — “How ya gonna keep ‘em down on the farm?” asks the old song. The answer may be: Build them an agrihood.

Feeding off the continuing interest in eating fresh, local food, developers are ditching...

Columbia Basin growers bring in hay early, face weak prices
Columbia Basin growers bring in hay early, face weak prices

QUINCY, Wash. — Ben Schaapman started first-cutting alfalfa two weeks earlier than normal again this year in fields just south of Quincy in the upper Columbia Basin.

Normally, he starts swathing in mid-May. Last year, it was April 28.

Sweetener buyers want to import more raw cane sugar
Sweetener buyers want to import more raw cane sugar

The nation’s major sweetener buyers and some members of Congress are asking USDA to increase the import quota on raw cane sugar, arguing there’s been a shortage of conventional sugar to meet the growing demand for products free of...

Cow-calf returns lower, but still positive
Cow-calf returns lower, but still positive

Returns for cow-calf operations will be lower this year, after last year’s record-high cattle prices fell back to Earth, but most producers’ balance sheets will still be sporting black, an agricultural economist says.

Returns over...

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