California strawberry growers hoping for more rain

Following reports of rain in northern California yesterday, growers readied themselves...and then said: more please.

“We had a few sprinkles this morning but nothing significant,” says J.T. Tipton, district manager with California Giant Berry Farms based in Watsonville, CA. “There was no damage from the small system that came over. The next chance is Saturday but it's not looking like much.” He adds that there’s not that much fruit in the north so the rain isn’t expected to hurt agriculture. “All of California is in desperate need of rain. We welcome it with open arms,” he says.

J.T. Tipton says there were a few sprinkles yesterday morning but nothing significant. 

Ending the rainy season
It’s a sentiment Steve Johnston of G.W. Palmer & Co. Inc. based in Salinas, CA shares. “It looks like another bust forecast for rain here in Calif. Our rainy season only has a couple of weeks to go historically. The rainy season is October through March here and we have been very dry for 2 ½ months now and we really don’t have any big change coming,” says Johnston.

He also notes the chance this week of some potentially light showers but laments the lack of a more sizeable storm system. “We need rain badly. There is nothing better than a .50 inch to an inch of rain to perk up the strawberry plants in the springtime to make flowers and get the plants going,” he says. “The quality of the California strawberries is good. But if we could get a few good rains it will help make for a better berry as we head into spring.” 

For more information:
Kyla Oberman
California Giant Berry Farms
Tel: +1 (831) 247-4386    

Steve Johnston
G.W. Palmer & Co., Inc.
Tel: +1 (831) 753-6578  

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