March 9th AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

A new report shows a surge in artichokes is expected as we approach spring. Large artichokes will be available in stores for the next few weeks, and smaller varieties should be arriving by mid-April.

The report shows the quantity and quality of those artichokes should remain high as long as the mild weather continues. The steady supply means consumers can expect lower prices through the summer.

Production of wool in California is declining despite record prices.

Sheep within the state produced 2.9-million pounds of wool last year. That's a decrease of about three-percent compared to 2010.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says last year, there were 470-thousand sheep for wool in California. Ranchers saw record prices for wool all across the country.

In California, the average price paid for wool was a $1.70 per pound -- slightly higher than the national average.

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