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nina | October 6th, 2011 - 9:00 am

Overall potato volume coming from the Red River Valley could be down as much as 25% in 2011.

Some 17% of fish caught commercially were harvested unintentionally.

Apple harvests in Ohio are on track for an average to above-average season.

California’s kiwi crops will top last year’s volume with nine million trays.

Mexico will make an attempt to become a bigger exporting source with berries.

Avocado volume building after a year of light supplies, high prices.

More than 11,00 tons of blueberries will be shipped from Argentina to the U.S. during the 2011-2012 season, tripling the amount of blueberries exported to the U.S. over the past five years.

Increased chocolate consumption in Asia is reshaping the cocoa industry.  Until recently, suppliers had so much extra cocoa powder it was sometimes burned in boilers as a fuel. 

The 2011 corn harvest is 15% complete, one percentage point below the five-year average, but lower than last year’s harvest by 11 points. 

The effects of the BP oil spill on the Louisiana killifish could indicate trouble for fish populations, as researchers found biological changes that may cause future problems with development and reproduction. 

The predicted La Nina forecast sets a favorable tone for farmers of winter grain crops such as wheat, oats & rye.

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