Almond Growers Check Effects of Rain at Bloom

Aria Wilcox Nuts & Grapes, Tree, nut & vine crops, Weather

Frequent rains and wind caused a few hurdles for California almond growers, whose orchards could have benefited from more calm weather to encourage fly time from honeybees to pollinate and set the 2017 crop. As farmers evaluate their orchards in advance of the first official government estimate, they say the almond crop looks good, all things considered. The U.S. Department …

In South State, Lingering Drought Worries Farmers

Aria Wilcox Drought, Weather 0 Comments

Sometimes, it takes a dry sense of humor to deal with a years-long drought—especially when you’ve watched a wave of storms hammer Northern California and realize your end of the state is missing out. “Better rain dances” is what Ken Doty said he’d need to alleviate the parched conditions at his Goleta orchards, where he grows avocados and citrus.