7/22/2011 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Researchers at U.C. Davis are working to breed varieties of grains that can grow even in a drought. It would help farmers in areas that experience frequent droughts or where modern irrigation technology is not available.

Scientists are now developing drought resistant wheat and barley.

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California rice farmers say they're seeing good plant growth.

Farmers say they also look forward to warmer temperatures to kick-start seed growth and development of grain on the top of the plant.

The U.S.D.A.'s Crop Progress Report, rates 45 percent of the state's rice fields in "excellent" condition, and another 35 percent as "good." Other rice-growing states have seen rice crops hurt by severe weather.

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The pistachio industry now has its own mascot.

The pistachio super hero wears a cape and sneakers. He's the new mascot of "American Pistachio Growers."

The group showed him off at their membership luncheon at the Visalia Convention Center on Thursday.

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