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Ag Beat: Drought Cuts Field Crop Acreage / More

Sundale Vineyard Plan Major Cold Storage Expansion

Sundale Vineyards is seeking a Special Use Permit for a project on the west side of Road 140, approximately 1,800 feet south of Avenue 240 (Prosperity Avenue), east of the City of Tulare that would allow the expansion of an existing agricultural service establishment (cold storage and packing facility) by adding ±227,000 sq. ft. of cold storage space in phases over a period of five years on a 26-acre portion of a 90-acre parcel in the AE-40 (Exclusive Agricultural – 40 acre minimum) Zone. A public hearing is set through the Planning Commission on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at 9:00 a.m.

Screen Shot 2014-09-25 at 4.17.58 PMDrought Cuts Field Crop Plantings

The California drought has helped cut expected harvest of field crops in the state this year with upland cotton down by 35% from a year ago. Pima cotton will be down 16%.

Also down this fall is the 2104 corn crop – down 45% from a year ago. Acreage planted was down 39% from 2013 to 110,000 acres statewide.

California hay production in 2104 is also expected to be down slightly from 2013 – from 140,831 tons to 135,946.

Well Moves 27 Feet Sideways Near Coalinga

A well drilled some 6 years ago for Granite Construction moved some 27 feet sideways due to seismic or land subsidence activity but still worked because the driller installed flexible plastic casing. The 1400 ft  deep well near Coalinga still operates.

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