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Special Report: California Tree Fruit

Jan 23, 2014
Tree fruit season is upon us, but not without trepidation from most shippers.

California legislation finally declared a drought State of Emergency for the valley this past week. The central valley has not seen any measurable amount of moisture since last winter, making this the most severe drought since water measures started being recorded in the state in 1849! Snow pack for summer irrigation allocations has been non-existent.

Growers are currently pumping water to maintain the trees, and they are beginning to bloom (pictured). This is a cause for anxiety, as it's abnormally early and tree fruit growers are still under threat of frost.

Based on the above, it could be a very rocky season for peach, plums, nectarines, apricots, cherries and other tree fruits. We're unable to predict crop size or volume at this time, but without water, we can be certain that neither will be bountiful.

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