September 25, 2001 |
California crop-dusters, grounded for a third time because of terrorist fears, voiced concern Monday that prolonged delays in aerial spraying could damage the state's $29-billion-a-year agricultural industry. Although groundings so far have had little effect on crops, agricultural officials worried that future delays could allow pests, weeds and disease to establish a foothold in the state's fields and orchards, potentially devaluing crops or wiping some out altogether.
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May 13, 2001 |
Mark Neal eased the Ford Expedition along the rutted path, surveying the carnage like a despairing general who has watched his boys take another whipping. In Neal's eyes, this verdant landscape in the heart of Napa Valley's wine country is indeed a battlefield, a place where many of his beloved grapevines have literally been nipped in the bud. "Look, this one's totally toasted," Neal said, holding deadened sauvignon blanc buds gently between his fingers.
January 11, 2001 |
The phasing out of one of the nation's most widely used pesticides will begin taking a bite out of California's strawberry business this year, experts say, raising costs, lowering yields and giving Mexican imports a competitive advantage. Researchers at UC Davis estimate that California's nearly $850-million strawberry industry, which produces most of the nation's crop, will lose 20% of its production with the ban on the fumigant methyl bromide.
December 25, 2000 |
Clementines are no longer just for Christmas stockings. The small Spanish oranges sold in small wooden boxes have become a winter staple in much of the United States. "My daughter won't eat other oranges but she'll devour clementines," Enid Kassner of Arlington, Va., said after picking up a box at a suburban Washington supermarket. "You can peel them easily, they don't have seeds and they're sweet." The U.S.
August 28, 2000 |
With a wing and a prayer, scientists are marching into orchards this summer and taking the caps off vials of tiny, hired killers. The release of hundreds of wasps is an escalation in the war against pests that threaten California's citrus, its eucalyptus trees and now, even the state's wines. The latest struggle is to protect California's $33-billion wine industry, from Temecula's petite syrahs to the Central Valley's chardonnays.
August 22, 2000 |
The California Supreme Court on Monday sided with farmers against cities and water districts in a Mojave River Basin case that could have a major effect on water disputes around the state. Attorneys for the California Farm Bureau and the Imperial Irrigation District, the nation's largest agricultural water district, hailed the decision as a victory for farmers in their fight to keep rapidly growing cities from taking their water without payment.