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Low temperatures but citrus growers not yet worried

Freezing temperatures can wreck havoc on the Californian citrus industry, and citrus is Tulare County's No. 2 overall crop. The overnight lows can however help the sugars in oranges, making the crops taste even better in the weeks and months leading up to picking.

Early predictions point to a cold few nights this week, meteorologist Scott Borgioli told the Visalia Times. The forecast calls for the mercury to drop as low as 25 degrees in some areas. According to growers below 25 degrees they start to worry. Citrus is a near-billion dollar industry in Tulare County, accounting for $838,000 in 2016.

That year, citrus covered 132,000 acres, 124,000 of which produced fruit. Navels, tangerines and Valencias make up more than half of the citrus planted in Tulare County.

Publication date: 12/6/2017


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