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Diesel fuel prices continue to decline, with off-road prices in some locations at $1.89 a gallon. The California Energy Commission says diesel prices got as high as $5.77 a gallon as demand from Chile took diesel supplies from California and all over the United States. Chile experienced a colder than average winter and needed diesel to power electric generators to keep houses warm. That caused California diesel prices to soar higher than gasoline. The lower prices come as California winter wheat farmers begin to plant their crop.
Another indicator of water shortages is the announced purchase of up to 20,000 acre-feet of water by the Westlands Water District. The Placer County Water Agency is the seller. The water will be moved through the Bureau of Reclamation canal system to the San Luis Reservoir, where it could be used at once or stored for later use. The transfer would happen in November and December. Although it is not a great amount of water, in dry times every drop counts.
Although some farmers markets are closing for the season this week, the numbers that remain open year-round continue to grow. Farmers are planting crops that can grow in winter. All types of citrus fruit are popular in winter and that fruit can be grown in many locations. Farmers markets have become more popular as consumers look to buy produce grown close to home, and farmers like the cash flow that allows their business to thrive.
Frozen pomegranate seeds are now available for consumers in some California retail stores. A Madera firm called Stiebs Pomegranate Seeds is producing the seeds in a 10-ounce freezer bag. They say the new product provides all the health benefits and tangy flavor that have made pomegranates popular. The seeds can be used frozen or thawed in smoothies, sauces, salads and desserts.Top