Valley & Kings Cotton Acreage Climbs In 2016
The state Pink Bollworm agency has announced that in the San Joaquin Valley the total mapped acreage of all types of cotton planted in 2016 was 209,860 acres. That compares to 154,827 acres last year. That reverses the long spiral downward in cotton plantings here.
This years totals by county are 48,280 acres in Fresno County, 23,760 acres in Kern County, 83,350 acres in Kings County, 625 acres in Madera County, 40,035 acres in Merced County, 190 acres in San Joaquin County, and 13,620 acres in Tulare County.
Kings County cotton acreage this year is up to 83,359 acres – from just under 70,000 acres. That compares to around 75,000 acres in 2014, 103,000 acres in 2013, 133,000 in 2011 and just about fence-row-to-fence-row at 287,000 acres planted back in 1979. Tulare cotton acres last year were just 9860.
The total mapped acreage for Pima cotton in the San Joaquin Valley in 2016 was 154,255 acres compared to 115,785 acres in 2015. This year by county Pima acreage is 40,795 acres in Fresno County, 20,205 acres in Kern County, 75,270 acres in Kings County, 10 acres in Madera County, 14,805 acres in Merced County, 2,980 acres in Tulare County, and 190 acres in San Joaquin County
Local Producers Get USDA Help
USDA has recently announced grants to local companies to expand their farm based production to more customers. The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced a total of $45 million in Value-Added Producer Grants Thursday, going to 325 projects across the U.S. Among the recipients is Barbara and Tony Martin, Dairy Goddess of Lemoore who will receive $49,000 to provide working capital to expand sales of bottled, non-homogenized/vat pasteurized whole chocolate milk, fromage blanc cheese and curds. Funds will be used for marketing, website development, attendance at the San Francisco Fancy Food Show and signage.
Also, Top O’ The Morn Farms, a family owned dairy in Tulare, received a $250,000 grant to help expand their farm fresh milk products which are sold in recyclable glass bottles into new markets in Southern California. The dairy originally received a VAPG grant in 2009 to study the feasibility of a home delivery service for their milk, which they launched with help from another VAPG award in 2011. In addition to their home delivery service, Top O’ The Morn Farms also offers their products at several local grocery stores, farmers markets and restaurants. Their expansion has not only helped develop new revenue opportunities for the dairy, but has also helped create jobs in the community.
Hearing On New Pesticide Rule.
Kings County BOS as well as the local farm bureau are opposing a Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) proposed rule to require notification to schools and child care centers when aerial pesticides are used near a school site. In a 2010 state public health study – Agricultural Pesticide Use Near Public Schools in CaliforniaCalifornia – they found Tulare County had the highest percentage of schools with any pesticides applied within ¼ mile (63.4%), and Fresno County had the most schools (131). In Kings County 71% of schools had no pesticide used within a 1/4 mile while 29%, or 18 schools did. The study found that fumigants pose the greatest problem due to drift. But farmer advocates say rules are already in place to protect school kids. Now several hearings will take place including on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m in Tulare at Tulare Veterans Memorial Building 1771 E. Tulare Avenue. Officials of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation announced the proposed rule that would prohibit growers from applying pesticides into the air within a quarter-mile of schools and child daycare centers. The new rule is subject to a public hearing and comment period. State officials said, if approved, the rule would take effect by September 2017.
Hanford Got 0.64 inches of Rain in October – Wet Elsewhere
Hanford got 0.64 inches of rain in October compared to 0.41 average for the month. That’s nothing like what northern California got with Shasta Dam receiving over 13 inches and the index for northern California nearly 400% of average, good news for our state water supply. The precipitation index for the Tulare Basin Sierra stations is a positive 137% of average. The next big system to hit our area could be around November 13-18.