Freeze Damage Could Be Wide Spread
27 February 2018
Patrick Cavanaugh, California Ag Today
26 February 2018
While possible freeze damage is still being calculated, we know that many areas of almonds and tree fruit have been damaged from recent hard freeze across the state, with temperatures as low as 23 degrees.
Daniel Jackson of Family Tree Farms, based in Reedley, reported that at least one block of peaches on sandy ground was lost.
“The sandy ground could not hold water to protect the roots from the freeze,” he said.
Jackson explained that the five-generation operation is waiting to see if more damage was suffered by the trees.
Significant almond damage could be widespread as the freezing temperatures struck the trees in full bloom. If there is significant losses, it could result in higher almond prices around the world.
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