Increased demand for the English walnuts has pushed newer plantings into areas with less than ideal ground. Some walnut orchards are underwater and the concern for trees sitting in water for extended periods is Phytophthora.
On this early October morning, third generation California raisin grower Mitch Sangha meandered through a 100-year old Thompson seedless vineyard on his family’s Ag Telesis farm at Caruthers in Fresno County.
Changes would make it more difficult or impossible to use pesticides near schools. Local agricultural commissioners already monitor and enforce local restrictions. Industry says changes are unnecessary in light of local rules protecting schools.