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Even though it has been raining throughout the state, January precipitation readings remain below average, according to the state Department of Water Resources. But if predicted storms bring the moisture that is projected, the state might reach the monthly average by the end of this week. Forecasters say next week will bring a break in the storms, but the National Weather Service long-range forecast is for wet weather in California from now through March.
Wholesale tree nurseries note an uptick in sales in California as farmers replace and expand orchards. Nursery operators say demand exceeds their supply for some trees as farmers become more optimistic about the economy. One nursery reports strong demand for an almond rootstock that provides a better anchor for the trees, making them less likely to blow down during windstorms. Farmers are also planting more cherry trees. Olive trees for producing olive oil are also in great demand.
Farm equipment dealers say they expect a mixed sales year in California for 2010. Dealers in farming areas where commodity prices were good last year, such as rice, look for a good year, according to the Far West Equipment Dealers Association. Dairy and hay growers may enter the equipment market if their commodity prices improve in 2010 as expected. Sales of most farm equipment declined last year.
California field crop production dropped sharply in 2009 according to a government report. There were a few exceptions. Rice, oats and dry bean production all increased. But, production of cotton, corn, barley, hay, wheat, safflower and sugar beets all declined. Analysts report lower prices and lack of water as reasons for the drop.Top