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2018 stone fruit crises in California

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Last fall, roughly November, California experienced an unseasonal warming that caused dormant trees to raise sap and blossom. We noticed this in the city with the quite peculiar blossoming of flowering cherry trees. But in the country this caused cherry, apricot and peach trees to also experience an abnormal flowering. Not good, but perhaps they might undergo a secondary flowering. And they did. But late winter rains and horrendous winds prevented both stable flowers and pollinization.

 

Now, at usual peak season, our cherry and apricot crops are minimal. Low yield and arguable quality. Peaches and nectarines are expected to be no better.

 

Problematic for us and for farmers but devastating for workers who depend on these crops for a subsistence living.

 

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