The Economic Impact of Food and Beverage Processing in California

May 26th, 2015
The Economic Impact of Food and Beverage Processing in California

California’s role as the nation’s leading producer of agricultural products is well known. In 2012 California’s farms and ranches accounted for $42.6 billion in output. California produced 15% of the nation’s total value of crop production and 7.1% of the value of livestock and livestock products. Milk production was the state’s largest agricultural industry in 2012, with production valued at $6.90 billion in 2012, followed by grapes at $4.45 billion,…

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Ciatti Global Market Update – May 2015

May 20th, 2015
Ciatti Global Market Update – May 2015

Harvest is coming to an end in the Southern Hemisphere and most volume estimates remain unchanged.  The total crop size for all of the Southern Hemisphere should fall short of the 2014 result.  Argentina and New Zealand are experiencing the biggest declines in volume, while South Africa and Australia look to be very similar to the previous year.  Chile has rebounded from a frost‐stricken 2014 crop, but looks like it will not reach…

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Verticilium Wilt – Excerpt from Grape Pest Management

May 12th, 2015
Verticilium Wilt – Excerpt from Grape Pest Management

Verticillium wilt causes significant losses in many annual and perennial crops in California, but it is a minor disease of grapes. Caused by the fungus Verticillium dahliae, it was first detected in grapes in 1973. Disease incidence as high as 15% in certain young vineyards was reported at that time, but generally, incidence is low (1 to 2%) and may be seasonal. It has been generally found in new vineyards…

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In the Vineyard with Paul Verdegaal – May 2015

May 4th, 2015
In the Vineyard with Paul Verdegaal – May 2015

As of the rainfall total at the end of April, it looks like we are entering a fourth year of drought. This is more severe than the 2007-09 drought and the dry spell from 2002-03.  The current rainfall season will end below long term average. However, there has been some good news in the fact that this year’s rainfall occurred in a fairly effective pattern to provide some good deep…

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