Wednesday, October 4, 2017
 
State moves to improve weather forecasts
As a new “water year” begins, state officials say they want to be better able to predict when atmospheric-river systems will drench California with heavy precipitation. The state Department of Water Resources said Tuesday it will work with government and academic researchers to improve long-range weather forecasts. DWR said current seven-day forecasts are 70 percent accurate, but 14-day forecasts have only 7 percent accuracy. 
 
Farmers respond to Medfly quarantine
For any fruit or vegetable farmer, the nearby discovery of Mediterranean fruit flies threatens severe disruptions. Quarantines meant to keep the pest from spreading can prevent farmers from selling their crops. A Medfly quarantine has been imposed in Solano County in recent days. But one Fairfield-area farmer says he’ll be able to sell his persimmons outside the zone, because he treated them pre-emptively on the assumption a quarantine would be enacted. 
 
Baby lima beans fulfill Japanese markets
While they finish their harvest of baby lima beans, California farmers will be keeping their eyes on Japan. That’s because most of the beans they produce will ultimately be sold there. Japanese manufacturers use California-grown baby lima beans to make a sweet bean paste that’s a key ingredient in traditional confections. In any given year, half to three-quarters of California baby lima beans will be exported to Japan. 
 
Study shows how wine benefits economy

Growing grapes and making and marketing wine add nearly $220 billion to the U.S. economy, according to a study from a vintners association. The group Wine America says the wine business supports 1.7 million jobs around the nation. As the leading grape-growing and wine-making state, California sees the highest economic benefit from wine. But the study says there are winery facilities in all 50 states. 

 

 

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