Ag briefs: Navel oranges, tomato crop, cool start for olives

June 7, 2010 

Cool spring helps orange crop

It has been a very good year for navel orange production. Farmers say this has been one of the best years ever for fruit quality. The cool spring weather has kept the navel oranges from becoming overripe. Farmers will be picking fruit through the last week of June. California mandarin harvest is finished for the season. Valencia oranges are being picked now, but most are being exported.

Report: Tomato crop will be smaller

Processing tomato farmers in California will plant fewer tomatoes this year than they did last year. A government report says the growers have contracts to produce just over 12-million tons of tomatoes, down 6 percent from last year. The cool, wet weather this spring has disrupted planting schedules. Most growers say they are about two weeks behind schedule. But, they are optimistic the crop will catch up when warm weather finally takes hold.

Cool start for the California olive crop

Cool weather has also slowed development of the California olive crop. The Olive Growers Council says many Northern California olive trees are still in bloom, two weeks or more behind schedule. Olive growers had a tough year last season and hope for a good crop this year. Because of the cool weather, farmers do not know how much of a crop they may have.

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