California

Canopy preparation helps robotic apple harvester

Visitors to the trade show floor at the annual meeting of the Washington State Tree Fruit Association in Kennewick saw multiple robotics companies. Robots are often pitched as the wave of the future; however, one... more »

USDA NASS reports California’s 2017 grape acreage

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service recently reported on California winegrapes acreage during 2017. The winegrapes acreage was estimated at 599,000 acres. Of the total acres, 560,000 were bearing and 39,000 were non-bearing. Chardonnay continued... more »

Creative fruit, machinery, marketing drive Driscoll’s

Build a better mousetrap, the old saying goes, and the world will beat a path to your door. Research and development aren’t always common investments in commodity markets. But the Driscoll’s motto is “only the... more »

Officials to give updates on California water conditions

Federal and state officials will give updates on current California water conditions and the outlook for this summer at an upcoming meeting of the California Department of Food and Agriculture10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, April... more »

Final California grape crush numbers released

The United States Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service on March 9 released finalized numbers for the California grape crush. The 2017 crush totaled 4,239,836 tons, up 0.5 percent from the 2016 crush of... more »

California ag secretary visits fire-damaged orchards

The recent holiday season collapsed in flames for thousands of Ventura and Santa Barbara County residents in the path of the catastrophic Thomas Fire. It is considered the largest fire in California history, burning nearly... more »

Talley Farms hires Derek Sass as sales manager

Talley Farms has hired produce industry veteran Derek Sass as sales manager. The fourth-generation family farming operation located in California's Arroyo Grande Valley this year celebrates 70 years of farming in the fertile region near... more »

Medflies found in California’s San Mateo County; quarantine issued

Part of California’s San Mateo County has been placed under quarantine for the Mediterranean fruit fly, or Medfly, following the detection of two Medflies in the city of Half Moon Bay. The California Department of... more »

Group salvaging winegrape raisins after Napa wildfires

Wine country wildfires have ravaged California, but one group is salvaging unharvested winegrapes and packaging them as raisins. Segassia Vineyard on Mount Veeder in the Napa region was among the vineyards hit by the fires.... more »

California farms have chronic work shortage, study says

Across California, farmers and ranchers face chronic problems in finding and hiring qualified employees, according to a survey conducted by the California Farm Bureau Federation (CFBF). The informal survey of Farm Bureau members showed that more than... more »


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