Drought-Resistant Planting

July 18, 2023 / Comments Off on Drought-Resistant Planting

Don’t let this year’s rainy weather fool you. California remains a drought-prone state, requiring growers to remain up-to-date with their water conservation practices and irrigation systems. With our Mediterranean climate and dry summers, it’s best to know which drought-resistant plants can be added to our landscapes and gardens. Lantana Although […]

The Fertilizer Product Expansion Program

July 7, 2023 / Comments Off on The Fertilizer Product Expansion Program

Between 2021 and 2022, fertilizer prices rose by more than 100%. For growers in California, those sky-rocketing costs can make the difference between a profitable year and a costly harvest. There’s good news, though! Domestic fertilizer production is about to go up, thanks to the USDA’s ongoing partnerships with American […]

Carbon Farming

June 30, 2023 / Comments Off on Carbon Farming
Bee pollinating a fruit tree.

We all know that bees and other native pollinators are essential for many crops, with approximately 75% of all fruits and vegetables producing higher yields when properly pollinated. Even so, native California bees continue to be threatened by climate change, invasive pests, loss of habitat, and harmful pesticides. It’s a […]

Dry Farming in San Joaquin Valley

June 22, 2023 / Comments Off on Dry Farming in San Joaquin Valley
Split dry ground.

During the years ahead, many basins in the San Joaquin Valley will likely need to reduce their groundwater pumping in order to deal with severe drought conditions and still meet the requirements of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

California Growers: Fire Prevention and Safety

June 15, 2023 / Comments Off on California Growers: Fire Prevention and Safety

Hundreds of Canadian wildfires left much of America’s east coast shrouded in smoke last week. As fire fighters continue to monitor the damage in Quebec, growers in California should take the opportunity to review their own fire safety protocols and evacuation plans. After all, California currently averages 2,226 wildfires per […]

Which type of pallet is best for you?

June 5, 2023 / Comments Off on Which type of pallet is best for you?

Fruit Growers Supply is one of the top pallet manufacturers on the West Coast. Our pallets are constructed locally in California, using high-quality hardwoods or softwoods that we’ve sourced from sustainable suppliers. We know that every growing operation is different, which is why we offer eight different styles of pallets […]

Summer Irrigation Materials

May 29, 2023 / Comments Off on Summer Irrigation Materials

Irrigation is one of the most important parts of any growing operation. As summertime approaches and temperatures rise, though, it’s more important than ever to make sure your crops receive the proper amount of water. Sam Baldivia, FGS’ irrigation sales manager, has been spending much of the year in the […]

A National Trend – Buy Fresh, Buy Local

May 22, 2023 / Comments Off on A National Trend – Buy Fresh, Buy Local
Strawberries at a Farmers Market

“Buy fresh, buy local.” We’ve all heard the phrase countless times. These days, it’s much more than an agricultural slogan. It’s a national trend. Farmers’ markets have exploded in popularity during recent decades. For consumers, these markets offer an opportunity to purchase fresh, seasonal, locally-grown food that’s healthy not only […]

It’s Officially Stone Fruit Season!

May 15, 2023 / Comments Off on It’s Officially Stone Fruit Season!
A mature peach on a tree, unaffected by stone fruit diseases.

Nectarines, red cherries, peaches, and apricots have started to appear in markets across California, which can only mean one thing: it’s officially stone fruit season! California produces more than 80% of the nation’s stone fruit. 70% of America’s peaches are grown here, along with 95% of apricots, 95% of fresh […]

California Red Scale Management

May 8, 2023 / Comments Off on California Red Scale Management
A hand holding soft, moist brown soil during the daytime.

We may be in the midst of springtime, but the Central Valley continues to deal with the challenges of a cold, wet winter that left our rivers swollen, our fields flooded, and many producers out of work. The winter weather also impacted our pest populations. One notable example is California […]