Dec. 23 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Current estimates show California's production to be up about a third when compared with the same time last year.

The reports from early December show the harvest was slightly behind normal timing, with about two-thirds of the crop harvested.

Nationally, the supply of potatoes is expected to increase by six percent and California's production is forecasted to reach nearly 215-thousand tons.

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The California Cattlemen's Association says a strong demand means many Americans are going to celebrate the holidays with beef.

And with rising demand in the U.S. and overseas, the association says ranchers are hoping for a productive winter that includes plenty of rain and snow.

The US Agriculture Department says less than 70-percent of America's pasture and rangelands are in good or fair condition for raising cattle.

They say rain and snow are the best way to improve conditions for grazing cattle.

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