Winegrape harvest delays pose challenges

By Vicky Boyd Depressed wine markets, cool wet spring weather, a delayed harvest and inflationary price increases for crop inputs have prompted many county winegrape growers to do some soul […]

Farmers fight Tracy area development

By Vicky Boyd A plan to develop nearly 1,600 acres of farmland south of Tracy into warehousing has drawn the ire of nearby rural residents and farmers. From water supply […]

High interest rates add to ags’ struggle

By Vicky Boyd Increasing interest rates, combined with rising crop input prices and often lower commodity prices, have conspired to put more pressure on many farmers’ bottom lines. Despite the […]

Drone technology continues to advance

By Vicky Boyd While drones have made inroads into aerially mapping farm fields and even applying beneficial insects, they have yet to gain the same traction spraying pesticides and other […]

Ag community trying autonomous vehicles

By Vicky Boyd Lodi-area vineyard manager Joe Valente has gone from skeptic to believer since he began working with Kingman Ag on a kit that converts conventional tractors into autonomous […]

4-H has come a long way in 122 years

By Craig W. Anderson San Joaquin County’s 4-H program continues building following the upheaval caused by the COVID pandemic and the program’s stability is demonstrated by its 12 active clubs […]