4/28/2011 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Farmers say that means retail stores should have good supplies of California-grown cherries in about three weeks. The California Cherry Advisory Board is predicting a decent crop.

Cool temperatures in the northern San Joaquin Valley may have reduced crop size a bit, but the board says the trees appear to have average-sized crops.

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Valley farmers are dealing with a hay shortage this spring.

Dairy farmers, horse owners and other livestock ranchers will continue to see tight supplies of the alfalfa hay they feed their animals. Cool weather and rain earlier this spring delayed the first cutting of alfalfa, compounding a short inventory carryover from last year.

Many dairy farmers have reduced the proportion of hay in the feed mix for their cows, but prices for other feeds have also been high.

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