California Fruit-Nut Trees Chilling Out and Tractor-Combines Sales Up
**Fruit and nut trees in California’s Central Valley are chilling out, exactly what farmers want to see.
Sufficient winter chill, when temps are between 32 and 45 degrees, helps keep trees dormant, promotes healthy spring growth and summer and fall yields.
Warming can result in late or uneven blooms and lower yields, but hard freezes can cause damage too.
So far, officials say mildly cold and foggy conditions have been the perfect recipe.
**According to the Association of Equipment Manufacturer's monthly "Flash Report," December sales of tractors in the U.S. were equal to the same month last year.
In 2021, according to www.agrimarketing.com, nearly 318,000 tractors were sold, a 10% increase over 2020.
Sales of 2-wheel drive 100+ HP were up 24%, while 4-wheel drive tractors were up 18%.
Combine sales were up 35% for the month and 25% for the year.
**Bayer announced the launch of its Testing4Ag program that allows research scientists from around the world to submit novel chemistries to Bayer for testing in hopes of identifying potential new modes of action to control fungal diseases, insect pests, or weeds.
Testing4Ag, a part of Bayer's Open4Ag partnership development and innovation approach, seeks to develop the newest generation of crop protection products that safely and sustainably address the changing needs of producers.
Learn more at www.Testing4Ag.com.