Talkin’ Shop: Harvest

In this issue of Talkin' Shop we asked readers: What’s your harvest been like this year? This year was light to average for crop yield. Price was good – same as last year. No real... more »

Eating healthier comes with a price

As Revisha Martinez pondered the cost of peaches and watermelon at her local King Soopers recently, she became the last stop in a complicated food-production system that critics believe has turned healthy eating into expensive... more »

California rare fruit growers swap seeds, tips

Persimmon grower Jim Bathgate handed out tiny yellow peaches to others at the California Rare Fruit Growers' annual "Festival of Fruit" and watched with anticipation as they bit into the sweet and juicy flesh. Associated... more »

Peach harvest: Hilmar family farm going strong through difficult work

In the early morning cool light, muffled thuds echo from the Bloss Avenue peach orchard belonging to Juan and Sandra Nunez.The Hilmar couple are deep into the harvest of this year's peaches, the end of... more »

Eckert’s celebrates 100 years in retail

By Jane Eckert The Eckert family farm began in 1837 by my great-great-great-grandfather Johann Eckert. Johann brought his wife and children from Germany and settled in southern Illinois, because the land was suitable for fruit... more »

Fruit, nut prices up from a year ago

According to a July 30 price report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, the U.S. fruit and nut industry received about the same overall price for its crops in July as it did in June.... more »

Is There a Future in Farming?

Terry Helfrich is a field manager for a pear company. So what's he doing standing in a former pear orchard that's now filled with tomatoes, corn, bell peppers, peaches, apples, plums and cherries? Mail TribuneClick... more »

New York state still fighting plum pox

New York state field survey crews place collected leaves directly into a cooler. Leaves are kept chilled from the time they are collected in the field to the time they are tested in the lab... more »

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