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California rains expected to disrupt strawberry shipments throughout winter
Because of four straight years of drought, many have forgotten that buying strawberries in the winter from California comes with potential supply gaps.   When it rains it is difficult to get into the fields, and depending upon the severity of the storm, crop damage can occur. However, strawberry plants are typically prolific producers so a few days of good weather can create good supplies once again. This roller coaster... Read more

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Sakata Seed America rescues endangered Florida panther kitten
Sakata Seed employees performing routine field maintenance Jan. 18 found a young male panther kitten abandoned and sleeping in one of the fields of Sakata’s Research Station in Ft. Myers, FL. Although the Florida station frequently receives wildlife visitors, such as bears and alligators, this discovery was more unusual, as not only are Florida panthers an endangered... Read more

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Johnston Farms debuts BlueJay brand citrus carton as fruit continues to size up
Citrus fruits on Johnston Farms’ orchards in eastern Kern County, CA, were sizing up nicely by mid-January. Even as early as late December, the company was moving quality citrus to its global customer base. On Jan. 12, Derek Vaughn, sales representative for the Edison, CA-based company, told The Produce News that the region was getting better moisture. “That,... Read more

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Rivermaid Trading Co. hires pear industry veteran Kyle Persky as sales manager
Rivermaid Trading Co. has hired Kyle Persky to fill the role of sales manager for its fresh pear and cherry business. Persky will be based in Rivermaid’s Lodi, CA, office and began his role as sales manager on Feb. 1.Kyle Persky Prior to joining Rivermaid, Persky was employed at Scully Packing Co.,... Read more