Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Sierra snowmelt appears to have peaked
Even though there’s plenty of snow in the Sierra and plenty of warm weather ahead, state officials say they believe the annual snowmelt has peaked, and should now decline. Central Valley farmers and other landowners have coped with flooding that resulted from the record-setting June heat wave. A state flood-operations specialist says the June heat caused snowmelt runoff to peak, and that any future peaks should be smaller.
Vegetable harvest recovers
After a slow start caused by late-season rain that delayed planting, Salinas Valley vegetable farmers say the 2017 growing season has recovered. Prices rose this spring for lettuce, broccoli, spinach and other vegetables, but have now settled back to levels similar to a year ago. To improve efficiency and maintain their production for the long term, Salinas Valley farmers say they’re employing automated planting machines and other new technology
Fruit, vegetable consumption improves
Americans continue to eat more fruits and vegetables, though consumption remains below what the government recommends in its dietary guidelines. A U.S. Agriculture Departmentreport compared food trends from 1970 and 2014. It found that fruit and vegetable consumption has increased during that period. But Americans eat only about two-thirds of the recommended amount of vegetables, and less than half the recommended fruit. 
State’s field-crop acreage increases

Slightly more field-crop acreage has been planted in California this year, according to government estimates. A new report shows field-crop acreage up about 2 percent in California, though acreage declined slightly nationwide. The report estimates California farmers have planted more corn, cotton, barley, sunflowers and potatoes this year, but they decreased acreage of rice, wheat and oats.  


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