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» April 28, 2008 «
Mother's Day is approaching, and California flower growers are ready. The California Floral Association says growers report they have plenty of California-grown flowers for the holiday. They are preparing to send all varieties of flowers to retailers in preparation for Mothers' Day, which falls on May 11th. Weather has been favorable for flower production, so the association says consumers should find good supplies of all types of California flowers.
There have been a lot of headlines in the last couple of weeks about food supplies. Forecasters say supplies of staple crops for consumers in the United States will stay abundant for the foreseeable future. An American Farm Bureau economist says there are ample grain supplies in storage, and farmers plan to increase plantings. Though food prices have increased at a higher-than-usual rate, the analyst says food remains a bargain for American consumers.
A return of warmer weather in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta should accelerate the region's asparagus harvest. Chilly temperatures slowed production during the past week, and that affected the asparagus market. Reduced supplies led to higher prices, which have shown up in retail stores. But observers say the larger production volumes should lead to reduced asparagus prices in coming days.
The latest update from the federal Central Valley Water Project keeps water allocations unchanged for farm customers. The CVP said (Friday) it expects to deliver 45 percent of contract water supplies to farmers. It said March and April have been the driest months in decades. Operators said the project will coordinate closely with the State Water Project and with water districts, to make the most efficient use of the available supply.Top