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Sutter County 2006 Crop Report
July 06, 2007

Sutter County's gross agricultural production value for 2006 totaled $358,845,200 with Rice, Dried Plums, Walnuts, Peaches, Nursery Products and (processing) Tomatoes as the leading agricultural commodities.

For a third year in a row, natural disasters were not conducive to agricultural crop production. Freezing temperatures in late-February affected almond and walnut production. Unprecedented rainfall throughout late-winter and early-spring affected cultivation. Then record heat from July 8 to 28 resulted in devastating affects on almost every crop, including livestock, milk and apiary production. During this heat event temperatures soared over 100°F for thirteen consecutive days.

Market prices were however encouraging for many crops, either maintaining a fair return or showing an increased return especially for Kiwifruit, Walnuts, Beans, Rice, Watermelons, Tomatoes and (Apiary) Pollination services.

As summarized in this report, agriculture continues to be a valuable asset to Sutter County's economic base. Industries, such as banking, labor, marketing, transportation, and other services directly or indirectly ties to agriculture benefited appreciably as the agricultural industry returned over $1.26 Billion to our local economy in 2006.

Hot Weather Tips
July 05, 2007
The hot weather has arrived and reducing exposure to heat can keep you safe.

The following tips are recommended for protection against heat-related illnesses during summer and fall months:

Do:
  • Drink plenty of fluids.
  • Wear loose fitting cotton clothing.
  • Wear a hat with a wide brim when exposed to direct sunlight.
  • Ask your doctor if you need to make changes to daily medications when exposed to high temperatures.
  • Keep electric lights down low or turned off.
  • Keep shades drawn and blinds closed, but windows slightly open.
  • Take a cool bath or shower periodically.
  • Keep in contact with your family and friends.

Don't:

  • Perform unnecessary physical activity if you are outside or in a non-air-conditioned building.
  • Go out in the heat or direct sunlight whenever possible.
  • Eat heavy meals.
  • Drink alcoholic beverages, coffee and cola.
  • Use your oven.
  • Wait in, or leave anyone unattended in, closed cars or other vehicles because heat build-up exceeds tolerance levels very quickly. The result can be serious illness or death.

IF YOU NEED EMERGENCY MEDICAL ATTENTION, CALL YOUR DOCTOR OR 911 IMMEDIATELY.

Sister Swing & Vintage Autos
July 02, 2007

Now an annual favorite, the Sister Swing & Vintage Autos event is making another appearance on Sunday, July 22. Those attending will be able to view the beautifully restored vintage autos beginning at 6:00 p.m.

Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served on the museum patio. The energetic performance of Big Band era music by those three lovely ladies, Sister Swing, will begin at 7:00 p.m. Light desserts will be served at intermission, and the music will continue until 9:00 p.m. The auto show itself is free. Concert/food tickets for this fun-filled evening are just $20.00 and are available at the Museum or from any Museum Commissioner.