5/16/11 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

State regulators approved the chemical in december even though some scientists claim it's toxic and can cause cancer. Methyl iodide is not considered a risk for consumers because it's not applied directly to fruits and vegetables. But some are worried about airborne exposure

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Rain hit apricot orchards at the peak of their bloom this spring, but growers expect a normal-sized crop anyway.

Apricot producers of California say cool weather during crop development has delayed the apricots, but it expects harvest for the fresh market later this week. Harvest will begin in the Southern San Joaquin Valley.

California farms produce virtually all of the apricots grown in the U.S.

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