Monthly Archives: May 2014

Senate Drought Bill Passes, Westlands Expresses Appreciation

May 23, 2014 This evening, the United States Senate passed, by unanimous consent, the Emergency Drought Relief Act, a bill to provide federal and state water agencies with additional flexibility to deliver water where it is most needed during California’s historic drought. The … Continue reading

Oddball Pistachio Season Features Unusual Bloom and Leaf Out Patterns

Greg Northcutt May 14, 2014 For many pistachio growers, this season has started out like none they’ve seen before. “It’s been an odd-ball year,” says PCA Zack Raven, grower services manager for Keenan Farms, Avenal, Calif. The females trees (Kerman) bloomed … Continue reading

Bulls Take Center Stage in Almond Market

Greg Northcutt May 14, 2014 The USDA’s subjective forecast on May 1 for California growers to produce a 1.95-billion pound (kernel) crop this year caught the industry by surprise. Most observers had expected the 2014 crop to be similar in … Continue reading

Cluster Counts Favor Good Size California Wine Grape Crop

Greg Northcutt May 7, 2014 In his 25 years as a California wine grape buyer and broker, Brian Clements has yet to see three big crops in a row. That may change this year. “Most observers suspect average to higher … Continue reading