A Diversified Farmer Delivers For All
By Patrick Cavanaugh
George Ayerza is with A &
A Farms, and the last three weeks have been rushed with harvest work that not
only helps feed consumers, but clothe them as well.
He just finished up
harvesting 220 acres of cannery tomatoes on the West Side of Fresno County near
San Joaquin. “We had good production of
around 50 tons per acre,” he noted. “The quality of the crop was excellent too.”
|George Ayerza, following a long day in the fields.|
Ayerza noted that they had only
one of three fields that was lightly impacted from Curly Top Virus. Curly Top
was very bad for many growers across the county this year.
|Ayerza's Cannery Tomatoes being harvested.|
Over the last few days, he started
shaking his 160 acres of almonds beginning with his Nonpareil variety. “So far, production looks good, although the
almonds look a little smaller than last year, probably due to the excessive
heat we had in July,” Ayerza assessed. “Harvest will continue over the next few
“This week, we will also be
starting to harvest our seed alfalfa,” Ayerza said.
Ayerza will also be
harvesting his dehy onions. The crop will be dug and loaded into trucks for
delivery to a dehy processor.
His cotton is flowering
beautifully. “We hope to set a great crop,” said Ayerza. “We plan to harvest
the cotton in late October; everything is about two weeks early this year.”
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