Last month’s winter storm, that knocked out power across Texas, has become the latest example of Mother Nature picking agricultural winners and losers. In fact, at this point in time, it's Kern County growers coming out on top.
US and Canadian grocery stores that were forced to look elsewhere after extreme weather struck Texas citrus orchards have turned to California grapefruit growers, including Kern County producers.
Prices quickly jumped 25 percent to 50 percent at Johnston Farms, a grapefruit grower, packer and shipper in Edison, said partner and Sales Manager Derek Vaughn. He told bakersfield.com he wishes the company had another 500 acres of the product to help meet heavy demand, but unfortunately everything's sold out by now.