8/15/2011 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

San Joaquin Valley blueberry farmers are in the midst of their harvest. Blueberries on the same plant can ripen at different times, so the harvest takes place three or four times throughout the summer.

Prices are usually highest early in the harvest season, which began in mid-May. Shoppers can now expect increased supplies at markets.

Lemon growers say they're looking forward to a better year after several years of unpredictable supplies and prices.

Crop forecasters say California farms should produce eight percent more lemons than a year ago. Farmers are currently packing lemons, and say harvest conditions have improved after a slow start.

Most lemons are sold to restaurants and other food service businesses. California supplies nearly 90 percent of lemons grown in the U.S.

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