Food & Farm News
January 15, 2014
Dry weather will lead to planting reductions
Another dry winter in California will likely cause farmers to leave more land unplanted. That will mean less business for the people who provide seed for row crops such as cotton and processing tomatoes. Seed producers say it’s still hard to know how deep the reductions will be. Several weeks of rainy season remain, and farmers will likely wait as long as they can to finalize their plans. Planting of some crops could shift to areas with more secure water supplies.
Forecast reduces citrus crop estimates
Citrus farmers and packers still don’t know exactly how much fruit was damaged by the severe freeze in early December, but government crop forecasters have reduced their expectations for California citrus production. Compared to the previous estimate last October, forecasters said the navel orange crop will be down more than 4 percent, the lemon crop down 7 percent and tangerines down 2 percent. A new forecast will be issued next month.
Food trend watchers single out cauliflower
People who predict food trends have named cauliflower as “the vegetable of 2014.” One article proclaimed “cauliflower is the next kale.” Another noted its versatility, saying cauliflower can be mashed, grilled, broiled, barbecued, served on its own or in salad. No matter how you serve it, the predictions about cauliflower come as welcome news for California farmers, who grow 90 percent of the cauliflower produced in the United States.
Study evaluates avocado nutrition
Nutritionists say that people who feel satisfied after a meal are less likely to eat between meals. And the Hass Avocado Board says a new study indicates that eating half an avocado at lunch helped people reduce their desire to eat again in the hours following the meal. The research, done at Loma Linda University, focused on healthy but overweight people. The avocado board says it is funding a number of clinical studies of avocado nutrition.