NO, you didn't miss it. It's coming to you
We arranged Field Days at three locations for our Avocado Meeting co-produced by The CA Avocado Society, CA Avocado Commission and University of CA Cooperative Extension
The list of speakers and topics is below.
As well as the sponsors for the meetings
Thank you so much for the speakers agreeing to present at these sessions, but because of the current COVID crisis we have turned to the printed word to present some of the ideas intended for the meeting discussions.
Our June meeting will be zoomed. The topics will be Avocado Scions and Rootstocks, presented by Mary Lu Arpaia and Patricia Manosalva
Look for the details of that meeting in forthcoming blogs, newsletters, CAC and CAS alerts
California Avocado Society, Inc., California Avocado Commission, and University of California Cooperative Extension
California Avocado Growers
Seminars Series 2020
The USDA has released their Fruit and Nuts Outlook Report which shows the forecast the 2019/2020 seasons and provides an overview of the markets.
The 2019/20 citrus crop is forecast to be 7.63 million tons, down 4 percent from the previous season. Declines in overall production can mostly be attributed to smaller lemon, tangerine, and mandarin crops in California. Orange production in California has remained stable since last season. Citrus production in Florida has also remained stable with a 1 percent decline in orange production, and significant increases in grapefruit, tangerine, mandarin, and tangelo production over last year. Overall decreases in production of lemons, tangerines, mandarins, and tangelos are expected to result in increased imports, and higher prices compared with last year.
Fruit and tree nut grower prices began 2020 at low levels. At 117.8 (2011=100), the January 2020 index was down 10 percent from the January 2019 index and below the January average for 2016-18 (fig.1). The January 2020 index was the lowest since January 2013. Significantly lower grower prices for citrus fruit and apples drove down the index (table 1).
As of mid-March 2020, U.S. citrus exports were down except for orange juice and tangerines. Reduced exports have increased the domestic supply of citrus, putting downward pressure on prices. The January 2020 price of all- grapefruit is down 36 percent from the year before, and all-oranges and oranges for the fresh market are down by 6.9 and 9.4 percent respectively. All- lemon prices are down 28.5 percent, and fresh lemons prices are down by 8.6 percent.
Apple prices were down 21 percent in January 2020 from the year before. USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) estimates the 2019 total apple crop to be up 3.6 percent from 2018. The strong dollar and increased tariffs in several countries have reduced exports, putting downward pressure on prices.
Is there something in this workshop for citrus growers. Where does the Food Safety issue fall?
If you want to register for April 17, click HERE not below
If you want to register for April 24 click HERE not below
They are different, so you might want to register for both.
- Author: Esther Mosase
Are you still considering applying or working on your application
for a Healthy Soils Program (HSP) grant for this year (2020)?