Food & Farm News
May 27, 2015
Cherry harvest nears the finish line
Get ’em while you can: California-grown cherries have been of top quality this year, but the harvest has been light. Farmers in the state’s largest cherry-growing region, the northern San Joaquin Valley, say they expect to finish their harvest by the end of the month. Crop volumes have come partway back after a very small cherry crop last year. A lack of winter chilling the past two seasons has reduced the number of cherries available.
Invading stinkbug threatens crops
It’s been considered more of a nuisance for gardeners than a threat to California farms—so far—and pest fighters hope to keep the “brown marmorated stinkbug” away from commercial crops. The stinkbug has been found in several locations in California. It threatens more than 150 fruit and vegetable crops and has caused damage in other states. Experts are testing strategies about how to prevent the pest from moving from backyard gardens into farm fields.
Website aims to stop pests from entering
Many invasive pests and diseases enter the United States when travelers bring food, plants or other items back from visits abroad. With peak travel season starting, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has posted new information online about what people can, and can’t, bring into the country. The website, at CanIBringIt.com, focuses on people arriving in California from China and Mexico, and returning to the mainland from Hawaii.
Research looks at preventing wildfires
With wildfire an increasing concern during California’s fourth straight dry year, forestry specialists will hold a daylong meeting in Sacramento Wednesday to discuss a key strategy for preventing fire. A University of California team has been studying how removal of vegetation for fire prevention affects forest management. During the meeting, the team will discuss its preliminary recommendations. A final report is due later this year.