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GreenSheet | February 16, 2017

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The Ventura and Santa Barbara County Resource Conservation Districts are hosting four free workshops to assist growers interested in applying for funds from the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program.

On March 9, a delegation from 12 companies specializing in crop protection, crop nutrition, plant genetics and breeding, irrigation and decision support tech will visit Encinitas for the Israel-AgTech Innovation Showcase.

The California Department of Food and Agriculture has released the 2015-2016 California Agricultural Statistics Review, which provides an overview of the state’s agricultural statistics and weather highlights, as well as county-specific and crop-specific data.

The California Avocado Society is currently seeking a Weekly Newsline Editor. Learn more about the opportunity.

To help consumers stay or get back on track with their healthy resolutions, the California Avocado Commission distributed a New Year’s Resolutions themed email blast to its fans showcasing the healthy attributes of California avocados.

Summary- Troughing continues to focus to the west of California between 130W and 145W. Troughing also increases into the southern deserts and SOCAL as the southern storm track becomes more active.Troughing occurs during Feb 16-23 with wet conditions.Troughing migrates slightly east, putting us in a cold pattern with snow showers in the Sierras and return of cold conditions through all of California, with some offshore flow mixed in during February 24 – March 1.For March, the dry, cold pattern with troughs and showers in the southern deserts dominates during the first week of March. Although northern California turns dry for a while in March, SOCAL and the southern deserts have a tendency for recurrent cold showery conditions.There is support for the next series of storms into all of California during March 19-23, after a long, drier than normal pattern.The La Niña period ends quickly, and the current trend for an El Niño anomaly to develop will continue thru March, to induce more troughing into SOCAL and central California with a continued trend of colder and wetter than normal.As El Niño becomes more active during the next two months (March and April), and the southern storm track continues, the incidence of severe thunderstorms (TSTMS) and tornadoes may shift to above normal, along with above normal rainfall for Oklahoma, Kansas, and north Texas.