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Wheat farmers have started harvesting their crop in southern California. They are reporting above average yields along with sound quality wheat. A few central valley growers have begun harvest, but to few to develop yield estimates. Even though it appears more wheat per acre will be reaped, the overall production is expected to decline as fewer acres were planted. Prices remain very strong as wheat supplies worldwide have diminished and poor harvests are reported in many wheat-producing nations.
Weather forecasts for widely scattered showers and thundershowers in California for Tuesday have cherry growers concerned. Their crop is vulnerable to rain and hail which could make a small crop even smaller. Most of the showers are predicted for northern portions of the state and mountains, but forecasters say the weather system is unstable and could create showers elsewhere, including cherry growing regions.
Farmers and ranchers have another method for achieving energy savings by modifying irrigation systems. The program is operated by the National Resources Conservation Districts and provides energy savings information via the Internet. Farmers and ranchers enter their zip code, and the program helps them calculate how to save, such as using a low-pressure system or improving water efficiency. Growers can obtain help in understanding the program from local NRCS offices.
Dairy farmers will see a very slight increase in the price they get for milk. State officials say the price will increase about a half cent per gallon July 1. The statewide average will be $1.08 per gallon. The California Department of Food and Agriculture says cheese prices increased slightly more than butter prices declined which created the small hike. Farmers have watched milk prices drop about 18 cents per gallon since the start of the year, but they have been somewhat steady the last two months.Top