9-8 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The cool, wet spring meant a slow start for cotton, hay and other crops. Peppers need more "heat units" for full production, and crops such as prunes could use more heat to raise sugar levels.

But a turkey farmer says the summer weather has been ideal for his birds.

Farmers say the cooler-than-average summer has been ideal for Christmas trees.

The California Christmas Tree Association says weather has helped farmers all year, starting with the wet spring that provided moisture for the trees without irrigation.

Farmers usually prune Christmas trees twice each summer, but that's been delayed because of the cool temperatures.

The association says trees will be ready and farms will open at their usual times in November.

Get to know more about food, flowers, and fiber by getting to know the people behind them.

The new web site, "knowacaliforniafarmer.com", helps visitors meet the California farmers and ranchers who help us fill our dinner table.

The site provides videos, photos and blogs from farmers and ranchers across the state.

The California Women for Agriculture and the Ag One Foundation are hosting their annual Ag Boosters Barbecue.

The annual fundraiser will be held Sunday, September 12th at Rancho Vista Del Rio-Borba Ranch.

This year's ag boosters barbecue will emphasize the produce and products created by Fresno State students. You can taste Fresno State award-winning sausage, wine, and corn-on-the-cob.

Tickets are $60 a person. For details call the Ag One office at 559-278-4266.

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