Water worries increase for CA farmers, ranchers
The early start to wildfire season underscores the dry year suffered by most of the state, and there will be more challenges to come for California farmers and ranchers.
Water supplies have been cut, and even though farmers use water-efficient technologies, they’re concerned about their crops receiving enough water as the season progresses.
Many have reduced crop plantings. Farmers who have access to wells may pump more groundwater to partially supplement reduced supplies from reservoirs.
California Blueberry harvest begins
Blueberry harvest hits its stride this week, and farmers say they expect a 10 percent larger crop than last year.
That means a good supply of California-grown blueberries in markets and grocery stores for consumers. Farmers expressed concerns about winds in the northern San Joaquin Valley that could damage fruit and bushes.
Farmers also report challenges in hiring enough people to harvest the crop, which is typically harvested by hand.
UC offers tips for healthy summer snacking
Getting kids involved in summertime meal preparation is one way to keep them active and eating healthy, according to tips from the University of California Cooperative Extension.
Other projects to spur creativity include making fruit pops and fun designs using California-grown fruits and vegetables.
The program provides a link to a Pinterest account with recipes and more ideas for families trying to keep summer fun and healthy.