Dec. 5 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Growers say the first two weekends of December are prime tree-shopping time.

While this year's ample rain meant good growth on California tree farms, growers hope for fair weather during the coming weekends.

Due to the ailing economy and competition from artificial trees, growers say they won't raise prices for fresh-cut trees, even as production costs have increased.


A government crop review says the state's sugar beet production rose 7 percent in 2011.

At the same time, overall production throughout the US decreased by 10 percent.

California farmers grow more than 25-thousand acres of sugar beets, which is about 2 percent of the nation's total.

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