Fruit farming

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2017 file photo, a worker carries red grapes in a burgundy vineyard during the grape harvest season, in Volnay, central France. The EU's Copa-Cogeca farm union announced Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 that spring hail and frost, combined with sustained drought during the summer, will force wine production down to 145 million hectoliters, a level not seen since 1981. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, File)
October 10, 2017 - 10:07 am
BRUSSELS (AP) — Hail, frost and droughts have hit Europe's grape harvest hard, making it the smallest in 36 years. The quality of the wines, though, is expected to be excellent. The European Union's Copa-Cogeca farm union said Tuesday that the extreme weather means the harvest is expected to be...
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Vineyards are lined up as a wildfire burns on a mountaintop Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
October 10, 2017 - 4:48 am
NAPA, Calif. (AP) — Workers in Northern California's renowned wine country picked through charred debris and plotted what to do with pricey grapes after wildfires swept through lush vineyards, destroying at least two wineries and damaging many others. The wind-driven wildfires came as Napa and...
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Jim Stites watches part of his neighborhood burn in Fountaingrove, Calif., Monday Oct. 9, 2017. More than a dozen wildfires whipped by powerful winds been burning though California wine country. The flames have destroyed at least 1,500 homes and businesses and sent thousands of people fleeing. (Kent Porter/The Press Democrat via AP)
October 10, 2017 - 12:06 am
SONOMA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on California wildfires (all times local): 9 p.m. At least 100 people have been injured in wildfires burning in Northern California. St. Joseph Health said 100 patients have been treated, most for smoke inhalation, at two of its hospitals, Santa Rosa Memorial in...
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In this Aug. 7, 2017 photo a girl holds a handful of wild blueberries picked near Sherman, Maine. The state's blueberry crop is way down this year due to weather and a scale back of farming. Maine is one of the biggest blueberry producers in the country, and the only producer of wild blueberries. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
August 27, 2017 - 8:36 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such as disease and a lack of pollination. The New England state is the wild blueberry capital of the U.S., and in recent years crop...
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In this Aug. 7, 2017 photo a girl holds a handful of wild blueberries picked near Sherman, Maine. The state's blueberry crop is way down this year due to weather and a scale back of farming. Maine is one of the biggest blueberry producers in the country, and the only producer of wild blueberries. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)
August 27, 2017 - 8:34 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine's wild blueberry crop is likely to be much smaller this year than in recent summers because the industry is contending with troubles such as disease and a lack of pollination. The state is the wild blueberry capital of the U.S. In recent years, crop sizes have soared...
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FILE - In this Friday, Aug. 29, 2014 file photo, Pinot Noir grapes just picked are shown in a bin in Napa, Calif. California regulators say they're tightening the rules on a pesticide popular with farmers over new health concerns. The California Environmental Protection Agency announced Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, that it's targeting chlorpyrifos. Farmers use it to kill pests that attack many crops like grapes, almonds and cotton. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)
August 18, 2017 - 7:56 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California is tightening the strictest rules in the nation on a pesticide that is popular with farmers over new health concerns, officials said Friday. Farmers use chlorpyrifos (klor-PHIR-e-fos) to kill pests that attack a wide variety of crops like grapes, almonds and cotton...
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FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2007 file photo, a worker picks grapes for harvest in the vineyards of Castelcerino, above the village of Soave, Northern Italy. The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer 2017 heatwave and drought. (AP Photo/Martino Masotto, file)
August 04, 2017 - 11:24 am
COCCAGLIO, Italy (AP) — The Italian wine grape harvest is having its earliest start in a decade due to the effects of the summer's heatwave and drought. Producers of bubbly spumante in the Franciacorta area of Lombardy, some 80 kilometers (50 miles) east of Milan in northern Italy, officially...
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July 15, 2017 - 11:04 am
DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — Strawberry season in the Northeast usually lasts only four to six weeks, but New Hampshire researchers have figured out how to stretch the harvest form July to Thanksgiving. University of New Hampshire researchers harvested strawberries grown in low tunnels for 19 consecutive...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, Sept. 14, 1999 file photo, Pavel Svihra, a horticultural advisor with the University of California, holds an ambrosia beetle in his palm in San Rafael, Calif. Researchers from Mississippi and Florida say a single fungus-farming beetle inadvertently imported to Georgia apparers to be the one and only source of a disease that has killed an estimated 300 million redbay trees and is threatening Florida's avocado groves. The beetle and its fungus arrived in Georgia in 2002, and their clones have spread west into Texas and north to North Carolina. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
July 08, 2017 - 10:51 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Researchers from Mississippi and Florida say a single female fungus-farming beetle could have been the source of a disease that has killed an estimated 300 million redbay trees and threatens Florida's avocado groves. The beetle and her fungus arrived in Georgia in 2002, and their...
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June 11, 2017 - 7:58 am
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Members of Maine's blueberry industry fear losing growers due to a depression in prices that has made growing the beloved crop lately a less reliable way to make a living. Wild blueberries are a Maine tradition on par with lobsters and lighthouses. But prices to farmers have...
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