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Avocado Growers Worried About Crop After Freezing Temperatures

Avocado Growers Worried About Crop After Freezing Temperatures

Citrus crops appear to be faring OK as the big freeze winds down. But what about other crops grown in California? 

The California Citrus Mutual says growers sustained moderate damage from the weeklong hard freeze.

Some smaller growers did end up losing their entire crop because they didn't have wind machines, but the Mutual's Bob Blakely says citrus prices will likely remain stable.

But Avocado growers are worried. Frost-damaged stems on avocados will drop the them to the ground.

Just 55,000 acres produce all of California's avocados, compared with more than a quarter-million acres for citrus, so any loss could result in driving prices up markedly.

Strawberries jumped from $16 to $26 for a flat recently.

Only time will tell if many of California's prized fruits and vegetables escaped the freeze.

 

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