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SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (238-206*-218, seedless 223-196*-204, seeded 15-10-14) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading early fairly active, late active. Prices higher. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 18-19 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 17-19 cents. Quality generally good. Many present shipments from prior bookings and/or previous commitments. *revised

TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA — Shipments (TX 166-135-92, seedless 150-126-86, seeded 16-9-6, OK seedless 5-10-9) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Supplies very light as harvest was curtailed in most areas. Trading fairly active. 24-inch bins per pound red-flesh seedless-type approximately 35 and 45 counts mostly 20 cents, approximately 60 count mostly 14 cents. Quality variable. Prices from Sept. 19 because of no f.o.b. report issued on Sept. 22 because of insufficient supplies.

SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (166-123-50, red-flesh seeded 8-4-4; red-flesh seedless 158-119-46) — Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. LAST REPORT.

MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (8-9-11, seedless 8-9-9, seeded 0-0-2) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Supplies insufficient to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report is expected to be issued the week of Oct. 13. FIRST REPORT.

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Kern County Produce

Beet leafhoppers could mean trouble in Kern County

The weather has been relatively kind to Kern County growers so far this year, but vegetable crops are under threat from beet leafhoppers this spring.

Joe Nunez, farm adviser for the University of California-Davis Extension Office in Kern County, said the state agriculture department is reporting the small green bugs are at high levels in the foothills and the valley near growing fields.

beet leafhopperCourtesy USDASize doesn't matter when it comes to beet leafhoppers. The green bugs measure only about one-eighth on an inch long, but the curly top virus they carry is a big worry to vegetable growers. “As the hills dry the beet leafhoppers will start migrating down to the veggies and possibly vector curly top,” Nunez said.

In late April, Nunez predicted the severity of the problem would be known in a few weeks.

Although tomatoes are traditionally a favorite with the beet leafhoppers, the bugs also feed on potatoes and the foliage of other vegetables. The bugs’ feeding damages plants, but the larger danger is from the curly top virus, which they carry.

The virus causes tomato and potato plant leaves to turn yellow, curl and often create a purple color in leaf veins and stems. Growth is stunted and the plants’ stems become stiff. The tomatoes and potatoes of infected plants are generally deformed.

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