California freeze kills 20% of orange crop

Two nights of frigid temperatures in mid January across portions of California’s Fresno and Madera counties nipped the 2011-2012 Navel and mandarin citrus crops by an estimated 10 percent to 25 percent.

In the coldest locations of northern Fresno County and Madera County, crop losses may reach as much as a 40 percent to 100 percent.

http://westernfarmpress.com/orchard-crops/january-freeze-reduces-california-navel-mandarin -crops

Thanks to Stephanie Relfe for this link


6 thoughts on “California freeze kills 20% of orange crop

  1. Down here in Tulare county we didn’t get freezing temps, let alone anything low enough to freeze our oranges.

    I’m having a hard time believing that we’ve had losses in the Central Valley like those indicated in the headline.

  2. Navel and mandarin citrus crops NEVER should be inland, if possible close to the coast(they should smell the sea ) if you are on a latitude where cold weather can hit you. Sooner or later cold weather will strike. It is not if but when. Look where they are grown in Spain.
    http://www.aularagon.org/files/espa/atlas/CITRICOS.JPG
    http://youtu.be/dBwDNT_-JfQ

    If you have them, like we have, more inland watch the weather forcast. and harvest them before the freeze hits.

  3. If infact we are approaching an iceage it would seem logical for citrus production to relocate to the tropics..

  4. Near Munson, CA the milk of magnesia pink blossoms on plums have opened. Some farmers are on the ready with wind mills if temperatures drop again. We are southeast of the orange groves that were frozen and heavily planted with young orange groves. Between wind mills and hail cannons the quiet countryside is quite noisy at times.

  5. Once again it’s because of global warming and artic ice melt. Like the cold in Europe, and nort africa and the summer snow in new zealand… All the fault of Global WARMING.

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