Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Fresh peaches see rising demand
Demand for California-grown fresh peaches has increased this year. Farmers say that’s in part because they have a better crop than peach growers in other parts of the country, where weather problems hurt yields. A preseason crop forecast projected California production of fresh, freestone peaches would grow about 13 percent this season. Production of canning-variety peaches is also expected to rise.
UC tests avocado production in San Joaquin Valley
Nearly all California avocados come from regions near the Southern California coast, but University of California specialists are testing varieties that could thrive in the San Joaquin Valley. Test plantings are underway in three places. Finding avocados that produce well in interior locations would allow avocado marketers to extend the season for California-grown fruit.
Farmers express concern on electric-rate proposals
Proposed changes in time-of-use electric rates could pose challenges for California farmers. Utilities have asked to revise their peak and off-peak times, when electricity prices rise or fall. Farmers and their representatives say changes could disrupt irrigation schedules and other agricultural operations. Three hearings will be held in July and August on a Pacific Gas & Electric Company rate proposal.
Heat wave could affect butter production
Butter production could eventually be affected by the June California heat wave: That’s the conclusion of an American Farm Bureau market analysis. Cows typically produce less milk–and less milkfat–during hot weather. The analysis says that could ultimately affect the amount of butter produced in California, which accounts for about 30 percent of the nation’s production. But it’s unknown whether any impact would be noticeable at the grocery store.