Sept. 29 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Farmers in the Central Valley planted more cotton this year, spurred by high demand, and their crops have avoided the punishing weather that has hurt yields elsewhere.

The latest Federal crop weather report shows recent warm weather helped California cotton.

Officials expect cotton to be up nearly 50 percent from last year's total.

The quality of the crop is rated from mostly good to excellent.


The wine business may soon be feeling the squeeze of a short supply of grapes.

Surveys by U.C. Davis note that winegrape growers remain reluctant to expand vineyards or replace old vines.

Frost damage this year may further tighten grape supplies.

Even so, the survey says consumers will continue to see discounted wine prices.

Wineries say shoppers are still closely watching their budgets.

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