From the editors of Growing Magazine | March 14, 2012
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Average Harvest Predicted for
California's Valencia Orange Crop

The initial 2011-12 California Valencia orange forecast of the National Agricultural Statistics Survey is 28 million cartons. The forecast is based on a survey carried out from mid Jan to late Feb. Measurements of trees, combined with weather conditions, indicate a likelihood of a normal crop. Read More

Mastronardi Produce Harvesting
First Midwest Tomatoes

Mastronardi Produce has begun harvesting the first crop of tomatoes at their latest greenhouse in Coldwater, Mich. Production is on schedule due to favorable weather in the area combined with the latest technology employed during the construction of the this facility. Read More

National Mango Board Seeks Board Nominees
Beginning in April, the National Mango Board (NMB) will commence the nominations process for six board member positions with three-year terms beginning January 2013. Read More

Early Arkansas Peach Blossom is Cause for Concern
Arkansas peach trees are blooming after record breaking warm temperatures brought them into flower early. Now growers are concerned that they many be damaged in the event of a late frost occurring. Read More

Hurst Berry Farm Moving HQ to McMinnville, OR
What started with the purchase of a 16-acre plot off Sheridan's Loganberry Lane in 1980 has evolved into a pair of companies engaged in growing and packing, importing and exporting, marketing and selling berries by the ton. Read More

Winds and Drought Damage Avocado
and Lemon Crops

Strong winds have ripped avocados from their trees, impaled lemons onto thorny branches and wind-burned lemon rinds. A lack of rain has stunted growth, stressed trees and forced farmers to irrigate at near-summertime levels. Read More

August Apple Report Reinstated
At the urging of the U.S. Apple Assoc., the National Agricultural Statistics Service has reinstated its August estimate of the U.S. apple crop. USApple President & CEO Nancy Foster met with Dr. Catherine Woteki, USDA under secretary for research, education and economics, to discuss the importance of the August estimate and to recommend its continuation. Read More

California's 2011 Grape Crush Down 3 Percent
California's 2011 crush totaled 3,874,146 tons, down 3 percent from the 2010 crush of 3,986,314 tons, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service's final report. Read More


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