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Orange growers assess drought impact

Growers and packer-shippers say the drought and hot summer helped concentrate sweetness, and fruit quality is good, but sizing is off. The fruit has been slow to size, particularly in production areas where irrigation water is limited or unavailable. This is one of those years that drives citrus farmers nuts, said Rod Radke, who grows […]

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Crop Row

Peak season arrives for California turkeys If you’re looking for a fresh, California-grown turkey for Thanksgiving, there should be about the same number available as last year, according to the California Poultry Federation. Nationally, turkey production has declined about 3 percent. Wholesale prices have risen slightly, but stores usually sell Thanksgiving turkeys at a discount. […]

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SCE awards COS $25,000 for STEM scholarships

Edison International presented the College of the Sequoias with a $25,000 investment in the STEM Scholarship Program. STEM stands for the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields of study offered by COS. Graduates from these fields are often recruited for employment opportunities within Edison International. COS students continuing at COS or transferring to four-year college […]

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Lunch Box set to open in Exeter next month

The list of dining options in downtown Exeter seems to be growing every day. Last month, former Monet’s chef Fred Imbert announced he would be converting the old Mamma’s Find Dinning restaurant into a new French inspired steakhouse called Café Lafayette, slated to open next month. Earlier this month, inquisitive Exeterites learned that the Lunch […]

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Tulare Co. Crop Report

For the week ending Nov. 15, 2014. Small Grains And Other Field Crops: Cotton harvest is nearing completion. Modules are being moved to the gins. Field preparations for winter grains continue, with irrigated fields germinating well. Deciduous Tree Fruits, Nuts, And Grapes: Grapes are being sent to the wineries for crushing. Table grape harvest is […]

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Another psyllid found in Exeter

A devastating citrus pest has reared its ugly head again in Exeter. The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner’s office announced Monday, Nov. 17 that one more Asian citrus psyllid (ACP) has been detected on a trap south of the city of Exeter. The latest interception was confirmed by the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA). Maps and […]

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Crop Row

Water shortages may affect orange outlook With harvest beginning to ramp up, growers of navel oranges are assessing how water shortages will affect the crop. Some orange-growing areas suffered severe water shortages, prompting a number of growers to push out entire groves of trees. Early harvest reports indicate good-quality oranges in terms of shape and […]

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Pacific Rim

Joey Serrao grew up in Southern California with 10 siblings gathered around a family style plate of pasta made by his father, owner of a chain of authentic Italian pizza parlours. Then one of his brothers married a girl with Korean heritage who introduced the family to a whole new world of flavors, techniques and […]

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Citrus pest pops up in Exeter, again

A devastating citrus pest has reared its ugly head again in Tulare County. The Tulare County Agricultural Commissioner’s office announced last week that two additional Asian citrus psyllids (ACP) were detected on one trap south of the city of Exeter on Nov. 5. The latest interceptions were confirmed by the California Department of Agriculture (CDFA). […]

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French Twist

Fred Imbert left his homeland of France 20 years ago to pursue his dream of opening a restaurant that would allow him the freedom to combine the culinary classics of French cuisine with the modern meld of an American menu. And after five years as a pastry chef in Hanford, six years as the executive […]

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