Rain can cause ripening cherries to swell and split, as seen in this San Joaquin County orchard. California cherry farmers had been expecting a large crop—before mid-May storms swept through cherry-growing regions in the Central Valley.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
San Joaquin County cherry farmer Jake Samuel uses a sprayer to blow air onto cherry trees, in an effort to dry the fruit after rainstorms threatened developing cherries during the past weekend.
Photo/Jake Samuel
May rains hit cherries, threaten other crops
California was cruising for a bumper cherry crop this spring. Then the state's latest atmospheric river showed up. Read more...

One tariff dispute intensifies while another lessens
Caught in an intensifying U.S.-China trade conflict that has lasted more than a year, some California agricultural products will face additional retaliatory tariffs in one of the state's key foreign markets. At the same time, farm groups expressed encouragement after the U.S., Canada and Mexico reached an agreement to end U.S.-imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Read more...

Almond growers learn about their ‘largest challenge’
Because trying to understand and comply with a multitude of water regulations takes up a greater proportion of farmers' time and attention, the Almond Board of California invited farmers and water specialists to a Central Valley seminar intended to help clarify topics including groundwater sustainability, management of salts and nitrates, new flow requirements under the state's bay-delta plan and the future of water in California. Read more...

Commentary: Grassroots leaders carry ag’s message to Washington
A lot has changed in Washington, D.C., since our last county Farm Bureau leaders trip. Democrats now hold the majority in the House, working with a Republican Senate and president. Following the last election cycle, both parties recognized the need to win over rural America, which has been a refreshing nod to an often-overlooked population. Read more...

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