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The African false codling moth was found in a trap in Ventura County July 24. Since then no additional moths have been found. This was the first find on U.S. soil. However, since 1984 the false codling moth has been intercepted at ports of entry more than 1,500 times on various plants. The moth is known to destroy more than 50 plant species, not only destroying fruit but killing the tree or plant as well.
As rice farmers begin their harvest, a government forecast predicts the California rice crop will be 8 percent less than last year. The report estimates the acreage planted at 519,000. Farmers say generally the crop is good. Growers say yields look good but it is too early to determine an average yield level. The California Rice Commission says there will be adequate rice supplies for the domestic and international markets.
Growers agree with a government report that says navel orange harvest will be about 34 percent lighter this year. California Citrus Mutual says last year's crop was huge so even with the reduction there will be a lot of fruit for consumers. The heat and strong winds in May reduced the crop, as there was more fruit than average dropping off the trees. But the fruit remaining on the trees shows good quality and is sizing well. Navel orange harvest usually starts about the end of October.
California asparagus production is down about 27 percent from last year, according to a federal government report. Final numbers won't be in until December, as a few growers are harvesting fall asparagus. The California Asparagus Commission says imports from Mexico and the early Easter caused a few farmers to take their fields out of production. The commission expects asparagus acreage to stabilize now so consumers should find good supplies of California asparagus next season.Top