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Junior water rights holders in the San Joaquin River watershed are the latest to receive stop-diversion orders because of California's drought. Sacramento Valley farms and water districts have also received notices.


Central Valley farmers expect one-third less irrigation water in a state that leads the nation in the production of fruits, vegetables and nuts. The report estimates 6 percent of farmland in the Central Valley - or 410,000 acres - could go unplanted because of cuts in water deliveries. A more detailed report is due out this summer.


Because of this season's early start, Sangha is expecting earlier-than-usual pressure from insects. In mid-May he applied abamectin to control mites and plans to follow up with an additional treatment, if needed, in four to six weeks.


The University of California Cooperative Extension is accepting applications through July 7 for viticulture advisor positions in Fresno and Madera counties.


Groundwater depletion in the Central Valley causes the Sierra Nevada to rise - and could be at fault for an earthquake, according to a study published in the journal Nature and reported on the National Science Foundation website.


J & L to Represent Santa Lucia Highlands Producer on the Central Coast and in the Central Valley


A small winery owned by long-time Galt-area farmers Richard and Janis Barsetti Gray plans to expand into downtown Galt if the city's council gives its approval. It would be the first wine tasting room in Galt in the last several years. Earlier this month the Galt Planning Commission unanimously voted to allow wine tasting in Galt's downtown area, clearing the way for the Barsetti Vineyards' proposed tasting room to open, pending approval for wine tasting in the downtown from Galt City Council, which is expected to take up the issue at its May 6 meeting.


Ecologic Brand Inc. expects to quickly add a second work shift to its paper-bottle manufacturing operation in Manteca and further expand to a third by year's end as a result of a new contract to supply containers for the Paper Boy brand of wines. Officials of the Oakland-based container company said Friday that the deal means additional jobs at their 60,000-square-foot Manteca plant but are not yet sure how many openings will result.


Proposed rules for San Joaquin County wineries add more definitions to describe the dinners, weddings, parties and other events that had become the center of controversy as the growing success and popularity of the Lodi wine country began to bump up against country life and other farming in the county's rural areas.


Availability of water isn't the only doubtful factor in Steve Dee's plans this year. He'll also need to find 100 or so workers to pick, dry and box grapes during the month-long harvest.


The public will have an opportunity to weigh-in on this first draft during a meeting scheduled for later this month


"With the current drought situation, I don't expect another big crop this year since some San Joaquin Valley vineyards face a very limited water supply and limited options," he says. "However, with all of the recent new plantings in the state, 4 million tons may be the new normal."


Modesto-area wine grape growers, who have enjoyed good times in the past few years, might have to dig in to endure the drought.. One piece of advice is to plunge a moisture sensor into the soil before irrigating, to be sure that the scarce water is truly needed that day.


One piece of advice is to plunge a moisture sensor into the soil before irrigating, to be sure that the scarce water is truly needed that day


In recent decades, crops exported from San Joaquin County have thrived. The wine, almond, walnut and other industries have boomed. New programs have been adopted that create safer environments for workers and educate students about the food in their fridges.


The winery and distillery operated by O'Neill Vintners & Distillers in Parlier in Fresno County could be one of the main beneficiaries of a new strategic partnership the company has made with Cecchetti Wine Company.


A stretch of warm and dry weather in California's Central Valley has facilitated a vibrant almond blossom, signaling that spring is on its way.


Stanislaus County supervisors agreed to rezone 4.6 acres from residential to industrial for constructing the parking lots for a 116,000-square-foot office building at Gallo's campus on Yosemite Boulevard in Modesto


federal officials announced Friday that the Central Valley Project -- California's largest water delivery system -- will provide no water this year to Central Valley farmers and only 50 percent of the contracted amount to urban areas


Multi-generational business has proud past, eye on future

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