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Agri View: Grape Farming Expanding

Dan Agri View, Nuts & Grapes

Everett Griner talks about grape farming and wine production in more than just California in today’s Agri View. Grape Farming Expanding You know it takes good grapes to make good wine. California has always been America’s primary source of wine grapes. Grape farmers are among the nation’s most elite group. Of course, there are small and medium vineyards in other …

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California Walnut Marketing Order Referendum Scheduled

Dan Industry News Release, Nuts & Grapes

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will conduct a referendum on a proposal from the California Walnut Board to amend the federal marketing order for walnuts grown in California. The proposal would provide the board with authority to borrow from a commercial lending institution. The referendum is scheduled for Aug. 7 through 18, 2017, and will gauge …

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Agri View: Food and Fiber

Dan Agri View, Cotton, Field & Row Crops, Nuts & Grapes

    Everett Griner talks about California producing more than just food in today’s Agri View.     When most people think about farming and California they think about fruit, nuts, and vegetables. They know where that beautiful cauliflower, carrots, and celery comes from. You only have to mention grapes and big juicy peaches to remind people of California. Nobody …


2016 California Raisin Grape Mechanical Harvest Report

Dan Crop Forecast, Nuts & Grapes

Total acreage harvested by mechanical means was 45,903, just over 29 percent of the State’s total raisin-type grape acreage, according to the Pacific Region Office of USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Overhead Trellis Management System was used on 13,404 bearing acres in 2016, accounting for 8.5 percent of the total raisin-type grape acreage. Fresno and Madera County growers have …

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2017 California Almond Forecast

Dan Crop Forecast, Nuts & Grapes

The initial subjective forecast for the 2017 California almond production is 2.2 billion pounds. Forecasted production is 2.8 percent above last year’s production of 2.14 billion pounds. Forecasted bearing acreage for 2017 is 1,000,000. Forecasted yield is 2,200 pounds per acre, down 3.5 percent from the 2016 yield of 2,280 pounds per acre. The subjective production forecast is based on …

Almond Growers Check Effects of Rain at Bloom

Aria Wilcox Nuts & Grapes, Tree, nut & vine crops, Weather

Frequent rains and wind caused a few hurdles for California almond growers, whose orchards could have benefited from more calm weather to encourage fly time from honeybees to pollinate and set the 2017 crop. As farmers evaluate their orchards in advance of the first official government estimate, they say the almond crop looks good, all things considered. The U.S. Department …

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2016 California Almond Acreage Report

Dan Industry News Release, Nuts & Grapes

California’s 2016 almond acreage is estimated at 1,240,000 acres, up 7 percent from the 2015 revised acreage of 1,160,000.  Of the total acreage for 2016, 940,000 acres were bearing and 300,000 acres were non-bearing.  Preliminary bearing acreage for 2017 was estimated at 1,000,000 acres. Nonpareil continued to be the leading variety, followed by Monterey, Butte, Carmel, and Padre. Kern, Fresno, …

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California Grape Acreage Report, 2016 Summary

Dan Commodity Report, Nuts & Grapes 217 Comments

California’s 2016 grape acreage totaled 897,000 acres.  Of the total grape acreage, 841,000 were bearing while 56,000 were non-bearing.  The wine-type grape acreage is estimated at 602,000 acres, with 560,000 bearing and 42,000 non-bearing.  Table-type grape acreage totaled 123,000 acres, with 111,000 bearing and 12,000 non-bearing.  Acreage of raisin-type grapes totaled 172,000 acres, with 170,000 bearing and 2,000 non-bearing. The …

Yellow Almond Trees More Widespread?

Taylor Hillman Nuts & Grapes 164 Comments

Some growers are seeing yellow almond trees in their orchard as we move into spring. U.C. Cooperative Extension advisors in both Fresno and Merced counties said growers have called them about the issue. “When we see yellow almond trees in the spring, it’s often tied to too wet of soils,” Tree Nut Farm Advisor David Doll said. The color of …