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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.

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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.
Hop harvest underway in Washington
Washington farmers are expected to harvest just more than 29,000 acres of hops this year, according to the USDA. That is about 10 percent fewer than the industry’s peak year in 1997.
UC-Davis researcher watch flight of walnut pest
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...
Large apple crop holds down processing prices
Large apple crop holds down processing prices
Early indications in Michigan are that this fall's large apple crop is holding down prices growers will get for apples processed into pies, sauce and juice.
Almond growers turn to groundwater amid drought
Almond growers turn to groundwater amid drought
A state survey has found that many almond growers in California are using more groundwater than usual because of a lack of surface water amid the drought. Some growers have taken out trees or delayed planting.
Wash. irrigators await water fix
Wash. irrigators await water fix
Irrigation districts south of Wenatchee, Wash., await low Columbia River flow to install pipes to ensure water for orchards during drawdowns. Repairs to a Wanapum Dam crack, which precipitated the irrigation problem, reach a milestone.
Study looks at soil characteristics of Idaho wine region
Study looks at soil characteristics of Idaho wine region
The soil characteristics of the Sunny Slope wine region in southwestern Idaho will be analyzed during an 18-month study financed by a specialty crop grant. Industry leaders believe this project could help Idaho attract more vineyard acres and wineries.