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Almond trees and some fruit trees are in bloom in the Central Valley. Ideally farmers would like the bloom time to be rain-free. However there has been precipitation on some areas of the valley and more is predicted. Growers know that if rain is light and there are periods of time between rainfall, bees will be able to do their pollination work. Thus far the rain hasn't been heavy and winds have stayed light. Farmers have prepared their trees against fungal diseases and say they remain hopeful for a good crop.
Consumers should find a wide variety of plants for their landscaping this spring. Nurseries produced the inventory they planned two or three years ago. Colorful annuals and perennials are on their way to retail outlets for spring planting. Nursery operators say they're cautiously optimistic that sales will be better this year because consumers have more discretionary income. However, nursery operators agree this economy has been the worst they have encountered in many years.
Asparagus growers are delaying the start of this season's California harvest as large imported supplies from Mexico are exceeding demand. The California Asparagus Commission says only one grower has started harvest and that California grown asparagus should begin showing up in some stores later this week. Predicted rain won't cause any lasting damage. However muddy fields may further slow the start of harvest. Growing conditions have been favorable and consumers can anticipate top quality California asparagus at retail outlets soon.
This is Food Check-Out Week. The average American has earned enough money by now to pay for all food purchases for the entire year. Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers will hold events to promote it. YF&R members will provide consumers with information about stretching their grocery dollars with healthy, nutritious food. Many organizations will gather and donate food to local food banks. Farm Bureau notes that retail food prices have decreased compared to last year.Top