Jeff Gibbons, plant manager of Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, takes a sample of pistachios to check the quality of the crop. California pistachio growers report shells without kernels inside, or blanking, which is expected to contribute to a smaller-than-anticipated crop this year.
Photo/Cecilla Parsons
Jeff Gibbons, plant manager of Setton Pistachio of Terra Bella, cracks open a pistachio to check the quality of the kernel inside.
Photo/Cecilia Parsons
Forces combine to shorten pistachio crop
California pistachio harvest is in full swing but as nuts are shaken from the trees and collected, some growers report blanking, or shells that contain no nuts, contributing to a smaller-than-expected crop. Read more...

Federal pesticide changes mirror California rules
New pesticide regulations issued by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency mean state regulations will need to change to harmonize with the federal rules—but in California, observers expect those changes to be relatively minor. Read more...

Commentary: Bill addresses uncertainties about piece-rate pay
Two California court decisions have led to confusion and numerous wage-and-hour lawsuits against California farmers who use piece-rate compensation plans. In response, the Legislature has sent the governor a measure intended to provide some clarity and relief in this troubling area of the law. Read more...

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