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US: Rains may hurt Central Calif. fruit, nut crops

Central California growers say continuing heavy rains may cause crop damage and delays in planting. The main concern is for fruit and nut trees that are in the process of blooming or in full bloom. Fresno County Farm Bureau director Ryan Jacobsen says heavy rain has made it difficult for bees to fly and pollinate trees. Rain also may make it difficult to get the blossoms to set with fruit and make pollinated blooms susceptible to fungus and mildew problems.

Jacobsen says farmers will perform some preventive measures, such as applying sulfur to "dry out" the blossoms. But he says actual damage may not be visible for weeks. Heavy rain also could delay the planting of row crops, including tomatoes, garlic and cotton, on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley.


Source: sfgate.com

Publication date: 3/22/2011


 


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