Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strawberry production off to big start in 2015

The peak season for California strawberries is coming about a month early this year, thanks to warm afternoons and lack of rainfall in the prime growing regions around Watsonville, Santa Maria and Oxnard.

The Golden State had produced 24.6 million trays as of March 21, up from nearly 21.4 million trays for the same period last year, according to the California Strawberry Commission. The Watsonville area has been going gangbusters, turning out over a million trays already this year versus only 171,000 at this point in 2014.

The photo is of organic strawberries from the Irvine-based Orange County Produce, purchased from Orchard Nutrition in Redding.

For my full story on the outlook for strawberries, check CapitalPress.com soon.

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