Cold Continues to Damage California’s
Citrus--Mandarins More Than Navels
Mutual reported TODAY that another cold night materialized as forecast last night, with
temperatures dipping into the low 20s for long duration throughout
citrus producing areas in the San Joaquin Valley. After a week of chill,
citrus growers evaluate potential crop damage to be $1.5 billion.
started wind machines around 8 p.m. last night in preparation for below
freezing conditions. A strong inversion layer coupled with frost
protection measures helped raise temperatures in the grove as high as 4-5
degrees in some cases. However, the cumulative impact of this freeze
episode and the long duration of critical temperatures will result in some
damage for both Mandarins and Navels.
assessments by the County Agriculture Commissioners show damage; however the
extent of damage cannot be determined until the freeze event
are expected to incur a greater degree of damage in comparison to the
cold-tolerant Navel crop. Early fruit maturity and high sugar content
will provide some internal protection from frost damage, but the cumulative
impact of cold temperatures over several nights is a concern.
of advanced weather forecasting systems, the industry has on hand sufficient
amount of harvested fruit to supply the market through the holiday season
without impacting consumer prices.
representatives and government officials are currently developing inspection
protocols to ensure that damaged fruit does not enter the market place.
cold night is in the forecast for tonight, Tuesday, December 10th, after which
temperatures are expected to increase above critical temperatures.
Citrus Mutual estimates that the industry has spent a total of $28.8 million
since last Tuesday in frost protection measures. At this point in the
season, 12-15% of the Navel crop and 20% of the Mandarin crop have been
harvested, leaving a significant percentage of the crop at risk of damage.
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