Oct. 17 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

A USDA crop report says fall vegetables should be in good supply.

California farmers planted more vegetables for harvest during autumn.

There are 30 percent more carrot fields this year.

The harvest is under way in the Bakersfield area. Farmers also planted 8 percent more broccoli, 4 percent more celery and 3 percent more cauliflower.

The quality of all four crops are rated good-to-excellent.

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California's rice fields have gone to the birds.

The Ag Department has launched a pilot project to turn rice fields into a bird habitat.

Seventy farmers in Glenn and Colusa counties have agreed to manage their fields in ways that will also benefit waterbirds.

They include flooding fields earlier and for longer periods of time at depths birds prefer.

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