In today’s Almond Matters, brought to you by Valent USA Corporation, bloom weather has caused some problems around the state. Rains have hit orchards hard and we may not know to what extent until later in the season.
Strong storms during the Presidents’ Day holiday weekend flooded farm fields, caused several dairy farms to relocate their animals and brought other impacts on California farms and ranches. The storms also added more water to an already overtaxed system, and led to renewed calls to modernize the system.
All of the rain this winter is a welcomed sight, but it also brings back some serious botryosphaeria concerns growers haven’t seen in a while.
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) manual snow survey at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada range on February 2 found a snow water equivalence of 28.1 inches, a significant increase since the January 3 survey, when just 6 inches was found there. The average as measured at Phillips since 1964 is 11.3 inches.
California received an uncommon amount of precipitation the first half of January, and more is expected. Citrus leaders said the rain hasn’t put a damper on harvest, and this season is looking good for the industry.
January has brought drenching rains to a majority of California. Some areas have seen four times the historical precipitation average. The recent storms are putting a dent in the state’s prolonged drought, but experts say more rain is probably needed.
2016 was a bad year for California cherries, but industry leaders say it was actually the best season in the last several years. Late spring rains and low chilling hours are the reasons for the unfortunate streak. The California Cherry Board hopes the colder temperatures will make this year a success.
Pruning young trees can be a challenge this fall and winter if excess precipitation is in store from El Nino conditions.