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An experimental program shows promise in preventing a dangerous pest from hitchhiking on California nursery shipments. Plant nurseries have been a front line in the war against the glassy-winged sharpshooter. The insect carries a disease that kills grapevines. Nurseries in Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura counties have participated in a five-month pilot program. The nurseries use new methods to treat, ship and monitor plants, and supervisors say they're pleased with the results.
Organically grown vegetables can successfully exist in the midst of conventionally grown crops, according to a new University of California study. University specialists helped a Salinas Valley farm convert part of its acreage to organic production. Participants worried that the organic crops might harbor pests that would migrate into other fields, but the project leader says that didn't happen.
A delay in the harvest appears to have boosted the sweetness of California-grown navel oranges. The Sunkist Growers cooperative says farmers and consumers both report high sugar content in the fruit. Growers had to delay the orange harvest by a couple of weeks, as they waited for the fruit to gain color. During that time, the sugar content of the fruit increased dramatically. Growers say the crop has excellent quality as a result of weather earlier in the season.
Young farmers and ranchers are on a pace to obtain at least a million pounds of food for donation to California food banks. The California Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers program works with America's Second Harvest food banks. Many members donate food at holiday time, but the donation program emphasizes year-round efforts. A spokeswoman says the organization strives to fill the gaps during times of the year when food donations slow.Top