New Red Kiwifruit in California and Derecho Damage Drone Assessment
**New varieties of kiwifruit, with red or gold flesh in place of the traditional green, may allow farmers to expand markets for the crop.
One San Joaquin Valley farmer has been working more than 20 years to refine growing techniques for a red kiwifruit variety he says has a sweeter flavor, while others now offer gold-fleshed or extra-large green fruit.
California farms produce nearly all the kiwifruit grown in the U.S.
**President Trump proclaimed last week National School Lunch Week 2020, highlighting the vital role of school nutrition professionals in ensuring children in all communities nationwide continue to get nutritious meals, despite the challenges posed by the current pandemic.
To keep this work going, Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue recently announced the continued extension of nationwide flexibilities that allow free school meals for all children throughout the entire 2020-21 school year.
**After this summer’s derecho event in the Midwest, RCIS and Zurich assembled a team of 19 to address the damage claims, and in just six days covered 52,000 acres.
Their speed and effectiveness, according to agweb.com, was enabled by their growing use of drones.
42 crop adjusters at RCIS regularly assess claims using aerial imagery, and the company is looking to add more success with another 30 adjusters with drones.
Distinct benefits found in deploying drones are efficiency in addressing claims and building customer confidence.