6/30/11 Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Farmers say harvests of cantaloupe, honeydew and watermelon will speed up in coming weeks. Melon harvest has already started in desert valleys.

The cool spring delayed the central valley crop by up ten days. Harvest is expected to begin early next month.

Farmers report better-than-average melon quantity and quality. Competition from other regions could mean a lot of options and lower prices for consumers.

Wild honeybees have some human friends who are trying to save their home.

A University of California study says wild bees are vital to crop growth and estimates over two billion dollars in crop value results from wild bee pollination.

Rangelands and other habitats provide a home for the wild bees. Researchers say their study emphasizes the need to maintain rangelands in the state.

Next year's Fresno Food Expo will feature produce from throughout the entire San Joaquin Valley.

Event organizers are expanding the expo so more farmers and businesses can showcase their products.

65 local companies set up displays in March, hoping to attract buyers from around the world. Next year, about 200 booths will be available.

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