Thanksgiving temperatures caused a scare for producers across California’s Central Valley. Meteorologists predicted near-freezing temperatures over Thanksgiving. Fortunately, temperatures were warm enough to prevent an early frost.
The California Farm Bureau reports farmers did not lose crops as first expected. All crops survived, fruit farmers only reported minimal damage. Most damage was found on young walnut trees.
Overall the cool temperatures appear to be beneficial to fruit farmers. The cooler weather increase the sugar content in fruit crops. This means the crops will have more flavor. It also extends the growing season for a longer, healthier crop.
To prevent further damage to walnut trees, the California Farm Bureau suggest farmers paint the trees white to prevent sunburn and extensive damage to the walnut crops.
Conditions in the near future show temperatures rising, but overall a mild December for California producers.
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