Rainy start to 2023 is mixed blessing for Central Coast avocado growers

Despite the rainy winter seen on the Central Coast this year, one local grower in Morro Bay says they are harvesting more fruit than in previous years. Bruce Harwood, store manager of the Morro Creek Ranch: “It is hard to speak about other farms, but for us, it has been very beneficial with the rain.”

“It has been a bumper crop this year,” Harwood added. “As opposed to 2021, where the crop was basically done at the end of January, for 2022, here we are and we still have that crop.”

At the statewide level, however, the California Avocado Commission is expecting the overall harvest of local growers to see a 7% dip compared to last year’s figures, which remains a worry for Michael Wolfe of the Avocado Shack in Morro Bay. “The set is the biggest concern, and we will know soon how many of those tiny baby little avocados stay on and how many fall off, and that will determine the price.”

The California Avocado Commission anticipates that Hass avocados will account for roughly 240 million pounds of the 257 million statewide pounds of avocados to be harvested this year.

Source: ksby.com

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