Kern County cotton farmer Travis Fugitt describes cotton yields as spotty this year, given the drought conditions in California. Knowing they would have less water this season, many growers emphasized planting of higher-valued pima cotton.
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The quality of the state’s cotton crop is rated as mostly excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, since the cotton contains lots of bolls and suffered little insect damage.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
The quality of the state’s cotton crop is rated as mostly excellent by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
Drought-shortened cotton harvest ends
As harvest of California cotton fields comes to a close, farmers and cotton experts say a lack of surface water and the low water table has resulted in fewer acres planted and a smaller crop this season. Read more...

Farmers assess president’s move on immigration
Speaking on behalf of farmers and ranchers in California and nationwide that rely on an immigrant workforce, a number of agricultural organizations, including the California Farm Bureau Federation, said the executive action by President Obama on immigration falls short of the long-term solution needed by farmers and their employees. Read more...

Comment: Deadline nears to enroll in new dairy program
In modern agriculture, there is much we can control, but two dynamics remain beyond our reach: weather and markets. The unpredictability of both, and sudden changes in either, can disrupt any family farming operation. Read more...

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