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California Citrus Groves Drying Up

Citrus growers in California’s San Joaquin Valley are in "survival mode" as they’re entering another year without water. Many farmers in the on the east side of the San Joaquin Valley (known to some a... read more

Neighborhood Spotlight: Olive groves put La Mirada on the map

left Chicago and in 1888 bought 2,300 acres of Southern California ranchland. He devoted 700 of those acres to his own pastoral haven. And though he cultivated citrus and olive groves rather than catt... read more

Invasive pest prompts quarantine of citrus plants in San Francisco

In recent years, the invasive pest made its way from Southern California to the Bay Area ... and Environmental Sciences said in a 2017 publication that Florida citrus groves have been “decimated” by t... read more

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Hot summer, tariff war create uncertainty for citrus growers

As the weather turns cold, citrus groves across the Valley should be active ... That conflict, which began with steel and aluminum, has grown to include several California agricultural products, citru... read more


How California copes with Asian citrus psyllids

Huanglongbing, also known as citrus greening disease, has devastated the Florida citrus industry, and researchers and growers are working to prevent its spread to California’s commercial groves ... Ca... read more

California citrus farmers pull up trees, dig reservoirs to survive drought

California leads the nation in production of fruits and vegetables, its nearly 80,000 farms and ranches taking in total revenues of $46.4 billion in 2013, state data show. But the relatively dry parts ... read more

Storms could impact burn scar areas, city streets, citrus harvest

That would bring the area back to average winter rain totals, after a rather dry spell ... wet," said California Citrus Mutual's Alyssa Houtby. "So if it gets picked wet, it opens up the fruit ... read more

California Wildfires Were Terrible Last Year. Will This Year Be Worse?

More than 85 percent of California’s natural landscape is abnormally dry, up from 22 percent at the start of ... hurt avocados and some of the state’s extensive citrus groves. If flames were to erupt ... read more

The Thirsty West: 10 Percent of California’s Water Goes to Almond Farming

Having grown up in ... small towns. Citrus plantations extended to the horizon. And between them all was a crisscrossing network of irrigation ditches, most of which were dry. Coincidentally, this rur... read more

Amid trade war that's hurting their bottom line, many farmers conflicted about Trump

They run a farm in Four Oaks, N.C., and have seen the market for their tobacco dry up now that China is no ... According to Johansson, the California Farm Bureau Federation president who runs a small ... read more

California Citrus Harvest Stalled By Rainfall

California citrus is a nearly $3-billion ... muddy farm workers can't operate heavy equipment in the groves. And citrus can't be picked while it's wet. “We've had fruit in the packing houses up until ... read more



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