During this week's very cold nights, orange and mandarin growers in the northern part of the Central Valley citrus belt have used wind machines, irrigation and other techniques to try to prevent damage to their crops. California Citrus Mutual reports that navel oranges now have enough sugar content to help them avoid freezing. But mandarins are more susceptible. On the Central Coast, farmers report scattered freeze damage to artichokes and broccoli.
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Farmers assess impact of freeze
From the California Farm Bureau Federation: