peach crop

Late-Harvest Processing Peaches Bring More Green

Brian German Fruits & Vegetables, Research

New cost studies released by the UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension show that peach growers could net roughly $800 more per acre from late-harvest processing peaches compared to extra-early harvest varieties. UC researchers studied the cost of production for extra-early harvested varieties and late-harvested varieties for processing in the San Joaquin Valley and Sacramento.  Processors will …

veggies

Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, This Land of Ours

Cathy Isom has some tips about how to keep your fruits and veggies fresher, longer. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours. Keeping Fruits and Veggies Fresh There is nothing more annoying or perhaps upsetting when finding one of your favorite fruits and vegetables that you’ve been waiting to enjoy has already ripened to the point of rotten. Every year, …

pitahaya

APHIS to Allow Importation of Fresh Pitahaya Fruit from Ecuador

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the fruits and vegetable regulations to allow the importation of fresh pitahaya fruit into the continental United States from Ecuador.  APHIS scientists have determined that fresh pitahaya fruit from Ecuador can be safely imported to the United States while continuing to provide protection against the …

bayer feed bee program

Feed a Bee Announces Coast-to-Coast Recipients for $500,000 Pollinator Forage Initiative

Dan Field & Row Crops, Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

Bayer Feed a Bee program celebrates National Pollinator Week by kicking off an initiative to support forage projects in all 50 states In the spirit of true National Pollinator Week celebration, Bayer announced the first round of organizations that will receive funding to establish forage for pollinators across the nation. Nearly 100 projects were submitted in response to the request …

food safety

Food Safety Practices and Costs Under the California Leafy Greens Marketing Agreement

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

Linda Calvin, Helen Jensen, Karen Klonsky, and Roberta Cook USDA Economic Research Service What Is the Issue? Foodborne illness linked to contaminated produce is a public health concern. The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), signed into law in 2011, established a risk-based approach to regulating food safety. For the first time, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will regulate …

broccoli

New Broccoli and Lettuce Cost Studies Released

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

New studies with sample costs to produce and harvest iceberg lettuce and broccoli for fresh market in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties have been released by UC ANR Agricultural Issues Center and UC Cooperative Extension. Vegetable growers may find these useful for estimating their own production costs and potential returns on investment. “These studies have an expanded …

California Prunes Projected to Bounce Back

Taylor Hillman Fruits & Vegetables

Production forecasts are predicting California prunes to have a huge bounce-back year. The National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is predicting California to produce 105 thousand tons of dried plums this season. The forecast production is over double the amount California produced last year. In 2016, the California Dried Plum Board reported the state produced just 51 thousand tons which was …

microgreens

Eating Your Greens—Microgreens, That is!

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

from USDA Agricultural Research Service Small edible plants called microgreens aren’t just tasty toppings for soups, salads, and sandwiches. They’re also healthful. According to results of an Agricultural Research Service (ARS)-led study, eating red cabbage microgreens helped mice moderate their weight and cholesterol levels despite a high-fat diet. Over the past several years, chefs have touted the taste, texture, color …

cal fresh

May is CalFresh Awareness Month

Dan Fruits & Vegetables, Industry News Release

California has the largest Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the nation. Our state’s farmers and ranchers are proud to play a critical role in reducing hunger and improving health. Throughout the month of May, our state is highlighting the importance of providing nutrition assistance to low income households through the CalFresh Program. The California Department of Social Services (CDSS) is encouraging …

Three Anaheim Trees Test HLB Positive

Taylor Hillman Fruits & Vegetables, Pest Update

Three residential trees have tested HLB positive in an Anaheim residential area. The California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA) found the trees while surveying the area after two psyllids tested positive for the bacteria that causes the disease in April. CDFA removed two of the trees immediately. The third tree has been treated and scheduled for removal. A new quarantine …