Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Calif. winter fruits, veggies survive cold snap

The development and harvest of winter fruits and vegetables in California have continued unabated despite a recent cold snap, according to a USDA crop weather report.

Fall broccoli was harvested last week in Stanislaus and Fresno counties while carrots were picked in Kern County, and winter cabbage, cauliflower and other vegetables continued to grow well because of adequate rain, the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported.

In Fresno County, the harvesting of carrots, cabbage, winter squash and head lettuce continued, and fruits such as navel oranges, grapefruit, lemons and Clementine tangerines were picked and packed.

The work proceeded as overnight temperatures dropped into the mid-20s in some areas of the Central Valley last week. Citrus growers ran wind machines and water to protect their crops, which mostly made it through unscathed, according to California Citrus Mutual.

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