Agriculture experts say hot temperatures won’t affect crops
Beachgoers enjoy warm, sunny winter days on the Central Coast, but farmers don’t celebrate the seemingly perfect winter weather.
“We would like it to be a cloudy day with lots of rain. It doesn’t affect the crops per se, it’s not so hot that we still see stress on the crops,” the county agricultural office manager said. of San Luis Obispo. Director Brent Burchett.
Wine grapes, another major crop on the Central Coast, have not yet entered the growing process, but are instead in the pruning phase to prepare for this year’s harvest.
“There aren’t necessarily any leaves on the vines to worry about sunlight at this stage,” Burchett said.
Agricultural experts in the region say warm temperatures for a week or two at a time during the winter months won’t impact crops too much, but a cold snap could.
“You know at this time of year we should have cold nights and if it was really cold and we had a cold spell, a late night freeze, that would be a problem for several different cultures” , Burchett said.
A freeze or frost could cause permanent damage to orchard crops such as avacodos and citrus.
These temperatures may seem out of the ordinary for this time of year, but weather models predicted a warmer than average winter.
“…and right now you have to say it’s actually in line with the La Nina winter pattern that we were expecting,” said KSBY News chief meteorologist Dave Hovde.
This means that these warm temperatures are not that far from what was expected for this time of year.
“So as crazy as that weather has been, it’s actually pretty normal this year,” Hovde said.
The biggest problem is the lack of rain.
“If you ask any farmer right now, they’re not worried about a little bit of high temperatures this week or next week, I really hate to see it’s raining right now,” he said. Burchett said.