Recent frosts could have a big impact on almond crops

FRESNO COUNTY, Calif. (KSEE) – Farmers are nervous after temperatures are expected to drop to dangerous levels, which may negatively affect almond crops.

Farmers say there is also concern for other crops such as oranges, but oranges might be better due to their thick rinds, they are well protected. Unlike almond blossoms, which are extremely vulnerable to cold.

Ryan Jacobsen, a local almond grower and president of the Fresno County Agricultural Bureau, said he was worried.

“Essentially concerned not just for my own orchard but for the industry as a whole, there could be very significant effects on the whole industry there,” Jacobsen said.

Freezing temperatures are expected across the county, and anything below 30 degrees can have a significant impact on almond blossoms.

Other local farmers share Jacobsen’s concern.

“It’s got the agriculture looking up a bit and we need to be a bit more prepared,” said almond farmer John Chandler.

Chandler, who has crops in Selma, said the best thing at this point is to be ready.

“It’s really about preparation, you have to make sure your field is prepared, which means you want it to be free of weeds or whatever, so firm, bare ground is probably the best chance you have. to combat the very cold temperatures,” Chandler said.

Jacobsen said almonds are Fresno County’s main crop and the industry won’t be able to see the full impact of recent freezes until about May.

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