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Quarantine restrictions to slow the light brown apple moth expanded yesterday (Monday), as authorities announced a 15-square mile quarantine zone in Sonoma County. Two moths have been trapped in Sonoma. The quarantine restricts movement of crops, nursery plants and homegrown produce. Authorities say they would likely begin using pheromone twist ties to combat the moth. Crews began setting twist ties yesterday to combat a separate moth infestation in Santa Clara County.
It's only the season's first report on rangeland conditions, but government observers already declare nearly half of California pastures to be in "very poor" shape. The report listed another 20 percent of the state's range in "poor" condition. Two straight dry months have caused rangeland grasses to deteriorate. As grasses turn brown, analysts say cattle ranchers must find supplemental feed for their animals, move them to higher ground or sell the cattle earlier than planned.
Transportation experts will take another year to determine the best way to secure crops being hauled by trucks, allowing truckers to apply for an extended exemption from federal regulations. California farmers and truckers said the federal rules failed to take into account the methods used safely to haul fruits, vegetables and other crops. Farm groups have worked with state and federal officials to provide information showing that current methods are safe and meet government requirements.
Frost damage is beginning to show up in California apple orchards. The California Apple Commission says losses from the April cold snap appear widely scattered, but worse in the Sacramento Valley. Kiwifruit growers in the Sacramento Valley may suffer crop losses, as well. The California Kiwifruit Commission says the cold hit as some vines blossomed and while others had already set fruit. The extent of losses should become more obvious in a couple of weeks.Top