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Weather, geopolitics influence fertilizer markets

After sharp spikes in fertilizer prices in 2022, farmers saw some relief last year as prices stabilized. With the 2024 planting season nearing, analysts say there remain key influences that could shape the outlook of... more »

California growers wait for fields to dry

With a respite from stormy weather, farmers say they are surveying for any damage and waiting for the ground to dry so they can access fields and orchards to make repairs or do other practices.... more »

2023: The year in review

To specialty crop growers, and farmers in general, 2023’s big news in the industry wasn’t totally unforeseen: lack of labor is still an issue, severe weather damaged crops and technology continues to advance automation in... more »

USDA offers more than $3 billion for 2022 specialty crop damage

The USDA will provide more than $3 billion to commodity and specialty crop producers affected by natural disaster events in 2022. Eligible impacted producers can apply for financial assistance through the Emergency Relief Program (ERP)... more »

EFI offers tips on dealing with summer heat

As the nation experiences a summer of extreme heat, the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) is raising awareness about the dangers and symptoms of heat and sun exposure. The EFI provides a downloadable tip sheet for... more »

What do farmworkers and NFL players have in common?

What do professional football players and farmworkers have in common? They have long seasons, traveling from place to place. They have to spend time away from their family. They frequently deal with aches, pains and... more »

Pest, disease damage expected, harvest impacts uncertain

The seemingly unending flow of water saturating their fields is burdening California growers with pests and diseases. In March and continuing into April and later, torrential rains and multiple “atmospheric rivers” swept across the state,... more »

California cantaloupe growers report delayed planting

California cantaloupe farmers are overjoyed with the amount of rainfall received this winter and for the welcome relief to severe drought conditions that have impacted growing areas for the past several years. Although rainfall was... more »

‘Atmospheric river’ brings more flooding to California

Californians are bracing for more rains, again from an “atmospheric river” phenomenon that is expected to bring more flooding. Flood watches, Winter storm warnings, watches and advisories, wind advisories and gale watches along the coast... more »

California growers determine options in wake of flooding

With the rains that flooded much of California since late December abating, growers are beginning the complicated process of calculating the damage. Norm Groot, executive director of the Monterey County Farm Bureau, joined experts from... more »

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