California Bartlett Pear Crop and Hurricane Idalia Poultry Impact
**California Bartlett pear growers say they are seeing a good crop of high-quality fruit, even though a cold spring and late bloom delayed harvest by about two weeks.
Lake County pear grower Pat Scully, owner of Scully Packing, which packs and ships 35% to 40% of the state’s Bartlett crop, says he’s pleased by the results.
He says the fruit “sized nicely” and harvest looks promising.
**In the wake of Hurricane Idalia, the Florida livestock body count is climbing higher, especially in poultry operations.
The Messenger says estimates show as many as 5-million chickens died from the Category Three storm that had 125 mph winds when the storm hit land.
Many others died in the heat and humidity.
The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Ag Sciences says the actual poultry death count could take months to determine.
**Certified Angus Beef launched a brand-new Ranch to Table Program.
That means Angus farmers and ranchers now have the option to market their beef directly to consumers.
Ranch to Table is a direct partnership program between CAB and cattle operations using Angus genetics that allows ranchers to use the brand’s trusted reputation.
To participate, a producer’s cattle must incorporate registered Angus genetics.
Producers must also be Beef Quality Assurance certified.