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More solar-generated electric power is now entering the Turlock Irrigation District grid. Grower Direct Nut Company in Hughson has connected more than 2,500 solar panels to the district's grid. Electric energy not used by the company will be sent to the grid. All customers who install solar panels and connect to the grid will be credited for the electricity they send to TID. The district now has 33 solar electric generating systems interconnected to its grid.
California navel orange growers in Kern County may begin picking fruit this weekend depending on fruit color. Cool nights are needed for the fruit to turn orange. It will be the last week of October before navel oranges show up in retail stores. The crop is smaller than last year's record-setting one. Farmers aren't surprised as orange trees sometimes produce less after a heavy crop and weather at bloom time last spring was not ideal. Growers say fruit quality is excellent.
Agritourism seems to be holding its own thus far in the economic downturn. Farms that cater to the general public that is close by are even reporting increased visits from consumers. However, there has been a decline in visitors at farms that rely on guests from 100 miles away or more. Higher gas prices seem to have tourists selecting locations 20 miles or less from home. The number of farmers who open their properties to visitors or tourists continues to increase.
Pumpkin seeds pack a wealth of nutrients, according to British researchers. The seeds contain high loads of zinc, which is needed by both men and women. The research shows nutrients in pumpkin seeds help prevent osteoporosis and kidney stones and may lower cholesterol. Pumpkin seeds make great snacks and add nutrient rich flavor and texture to salads and other dishes.Top