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Travelers in rural Central Valley areas who notice farmers working fields are watching preparations to plant wheat this fall or tomatoes next spring. The California Wheat Commission expects about 820,000 acres or more to be planted as prices farmers earn remain good. The prices are down a little from the peak last year, but still strong. Wheat also requires less irrigation water than some other crops. World wheat supplies remain at a low level, which tends to boost wheat prices. (reading time :24)
Growers in northeastern California are harvesting mint for tea now. Harvest for oil--which is used in products like chewing gum--finished last month. Mint tea is increasing in popularity here and in the European Union. Farmers say the crop was smaller than average. A late spring frost caused some damage. There are only a few mint growers in California, but the climate and soil in the Klamath Basin provide conditions for top-quality mint.
Customers of farmers markets can be assured those businesses will thrive because of the Small Farm Center at UC Davis. Farmers with gross incomes of $250,000 or less can find help there getting information on production, marketing or other issues. Many, but not all, of those farmers sell their crops through farmers markets.
Sacramento County Farm Bureau has been honored with a UC Davis Outstanding Achievement Award because of their efforts to promote health and safety through bilingual seminars for farmworkers. A $1,000 prize accompanied the award, which was presented by the Western Center for Agricultural Health and Safety. Plans call for the award to be issued annually.Top