Crop

A CropX sensor, aimed at sending soil readings to the cloud, which farmers can use to determine how much water a certain part of the field needs.  (CropX Ltd.)

Bay Area Company CropX Uses Sensors And App To Maximize Water Use For Crops

CropX allows farmers to use wireless sensors that send soil readings to the cloud and the startup’s software determines how much water different areas of the field need.

06/25/2015

Chardonnay clusters from Wyckoff Vineyards in the Yakima Valley of Washington state. (Photo Credit: Agne27, Wikimedia Commons)

West Coast Drought Serves As Boon For Wine Industry In Washington State

It was a record harvest for Washington state in 2014, with many California-based wineries starting to invest in properties.

06/11/2015

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California Citrus Growers Trimming, Painting Trees To Deal With Drought

Growers in Fresno have sawed off large portions of their trees because there’s not enough water to keep the dense canopies alive, and spray painting them with a diluted latex paint that acts as a sunblock.

05/05/2015

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Central Valley Citrus Farmers Fend Off Frost Despite Freezing Temperatures

Despite the recent cold temperatures falling below freezing, citrus farmers in the Central Valley say they’ve managed to save their crops.

01/04/2015

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Central Valley Citrus Crop Spared So Far, Despite Recent Cold Snap

75 percent of the naval orange crop is still on the tree.

01/02/2015

Tomatoes at the Harvest Festival. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

California’s Tomato Harvest Defies Withering Drought Conditions; Breaks Records

California farmers produced a record tomato crop this year, even in the face of a withering drought.

11/12/2014

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Record Hops Prices Mean More Expensive Beer For Drinkers

A main ingredient in beer-making has reached record prices, and that means the price of your favorite brew will likely head higher.

05/13/2014

Icicles created by drip irrigation are illuminated by a cars headlights as they hang from an orange tree January 17, 2007 in Orange Cove, California. California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency as an estimated 70% of California's citrus crops have been damaged by a severe cold snap that is bringing below freezing tempuratures to California's central valley. The cold is expected to continue through January 21. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Citrus Growers X-Raying Fruit To Assess Freeze Damage To Crop

The recent stretch of cold weather days in Northern California could have long-term effects on state’s citrus industry and growers are using a high-tech way of assessing the damage.

12/12/2013

A farmworker picks lettuce in a field. (Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images)

California Farmers Voice Need For Guest Worker Program; Warn Of Crop Shortage

Farmers said they are having trouble finding enough workers to pick their crops, and may have to switch to machines.

10/30/2013

NAPA, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Atmosphere at Miner Family Vineyard as part of Aloft Hotels Presents Live in the Vineyard on November 14, 2010 in Napa, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images for Aloft Hotels)

California Grape Crop Shows Declining Numbers

Unseasonably cool weather affected the crop for the second straight year.

12/21/2011

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