Processing-tomato harvest is well underway on one of Mitchell Yerxa’s properties near Williams. Yerxa says he expects better yields than last year. Many tomato growers don’t know yet how much they’ll be paid for this year’s crop, as nearly half the processors the California Tomato Growers Association deals with have not yet signed an agreement for a base price.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
A truck prepares to leave a tomato field near Williams after dropping off empty trailers and picking up loaded ones. As with the rest of the trucking industry, tomato haulers are having difficulty hiring enough drivers.
Photo/Kevin Hecteman
Larger tomato crop heads to canners
Mitchell Yerxa says he couldn't be more pleased with his 2018 processing-tomato season. Read more...

Officials assess wildfires’ toll on agriculture
As the Ranch Fire became California's largest-ever wildfire during the past weekend, the county where it's doing the most damage—Lake—continued assessing the toll on local farmers and ranchers. Read more...

Ruling casts doubt on insecticide’s future availability
The manufacturer of the insecticide chlorpyrifos said a court order to ban the material does not require immediate change to uses of the pesticide, and that it expects the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to challenge the ruling. Read more...

Commentary: Flows plan could harm Sierra Nevada watersheds
The State Water Resources Control Board Bay-Delta Water Quality Plan would mandate a minimum of 40 percent of "unimpaired flow" along the Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Merced rivers each year, from Feb. 1 to June 30, for fish. Look for the same percentage or more on the Sacramento system and tributaries. Read more...

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