Near Record Cherry Crop and USMEF Spring Conference
**They expect a larger crop, but cherry growers say heat and wind early in their season will likely prevent a near-record harvest.
With the California harvest nearly complete, farmers say the dry, sunny spring allowed cherry trees to set plenty of fruit.
Bing cherries remain the top variety grown.
Peak cherry harvest there will continue through this week before beginning in Washington.
**In response to a U.S. judge’s rejection of Bayer’s $2 billion class-action proposal, the company announced a five-point plan to address future claims.
According to www.agweb.com, Bayer also addressed concerns of row-crop farmers who use Roundup, with glyphosate, for weed control.
The company says the decision will have no impact on the ag marketplace or Bayer’s commitment to Roundup for its farmer and retailer customers.
Glyphosate is the most used herbicide in the U.S., in terms of area treated.
**The importance of market diversification for U.S. red meat exports was a key point of emphasis at the U.S. Meat Export Federation Spring Conference, that was held virtually last week.
One of the speakers, USMEF Chair Pat Binger, of Cargill Protein North America, stressed this point, saying that in recent years USMEF added resources in areas like Central and South America and Southeast Asia, and this forward-looking approach is paying important dividends for the U.S. industry.