9-16 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

The Iowa egg farm at the center of a massive salmonella outbreak tested positive for salmonella in the past.

The House Energy and Commerce Committee says investigators found records showing that Wright County egg received 426 positive results for salmonella between 2008 and 2010.

The committee says 73 samples were potentially positive for the strain of salmonella responsible for the recent outbreak.

More than 1,500 people have been made sick from the bad eggs.

The owner of Wright County Egg is scheduled to testify before the committee next week.

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California cotton growers are expected to see higher returns this year for upland and pima cotton varieties.

Growers say they must ride out the next six weeks of the season, hoping the weather will stay warm and dry.

The California Farm Bureau Reports, more growers decided to grow cotton this year in anticipation of better prices and increased water deliveries from the Westlands Water District.

The USDA says California cotton growers planted 123,000 acres of upland cotton and 184,000 acres of pima cotton this year.

"Cal-Cot", a cotton cooperative in Bakersfield, says a tightening of the world cotton supply and increased demand from textile mills have led to higher prices for cotton this year.

California grows about 90 percent of the country's total supply of pima cotton.

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There should be plenty of navel oranges this fall.

A new crop estimated by the USDA says California farmers will harvest 93 million cartons' full of navel oranges this season.

That's up 13 percent from the previous year.

Oranges remain small right now, but farmers say the fruit will gain size in the weeks before harvest.

Some navel oranges may be picked as early as mid-October, once the fruit meets color and sugar standards.

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