California Wine Grapes Amid Fires and Dairy Consumption Higher
**As California wine grape harvest accelerates, farmers are navigating forces like high temperatures, wildfire smoke and the marketing impacts of the pandemic, on top of large supplies that left some grapes unharvested last year.
Analysts expect this year's harvest to be about the same size as last year.
Marketers say the pandemic has shifted wine demand to retail outlets, with less being sold at restaurants and tasting rooms.
**Estimates from the USDA show dairy consumption on a per capita basis shot up 7 pounds in 2019 over a year earlier.
According to milkbusiness.com, Americans are now consuming 653 pounds of dairy per person on a milk equivalent basis, up nearly 50 pounds since 2005.
Fluid milk consumption has fallen more than 100 pounds since 1975. But cheese consumption has exploded from 14.2 pounds per person in 1975 to 38.3 pounds last year.
**According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," the sale of all tractors in the U.S. this year, were up 13% in August compared to 2019.
Agrimarketing.com reports, for the year, over 194,000 tractors were sold, compared to just over 170,000 in 2019, a 14% increase.
For August, two-wheel drive tractors under 40 HP were up 15%, while 40 to 100 Horse were up 14%. 2-wheel drive 100+ HP were down 8%, while 4-wheel drive tractors were up 14%.