Both navel and valencia oranges in the Central Valley made it through the winter's freezes unscathed, industry officials are reporting.
From the California Farm Bureau Federation:
Winter freezes appear to have spared most of the California crop of Valencia oranges. A forecast from the U.S. Agriculture Department says the crop appears to be progressing well and avoided widespread damage during freezing temperatures. Forecasters expect the state's Valencia groves to produce about 25 million cartons of oranges, a slight decrease from recent years. The forecast is created by randomly surveying more than 500 groves across the state.Bob Blakely from California Citrus Mutual told me this afternoon that navels, too, made it through the January cold snap without sustaining damage. Growers are a little more than halfway through their harvest of navels, which typically finishes up in July.
For my full update on oranges in California, check CapitalPress.com soon.