Freezing temperatures this week may threaten the state’s $6 billion almond crop, according to farming groups and weather agencies.
With almond trees in bloom this month, Sacramento Valley Water released a drone video showing the vast orchards in Northern California. California produces 80 percent of the world’s almonds, which is the state’s No. 2 agricultural crop, according to the Almond Board of California.
Cherry trees are also blooming.
“Hopefully, this week's freeze will not harm the upcoming crop,” wrote the Sacramento Valley Water organization in a Facebook post with the drone video.
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“The warmer-than-usual weather brought the blooms out and now the freezing temperatures are putting them in peril,” Jim Bagnall, meteoroligist with the National Weather Service, told the Los Angeles Times. “Without the blooms,t here are no nuts. It could have a significant effect on the harvests.”
Jim Quaschnick, a farmer in Lodi, told CBS13 Sacramento that he’s running sprinklers throughout the night to deal with the cold snap.
The water helps warm up the surface, he said, and keeps shallow roots warm.
“You see the wet spots and the radius around these trees will keep this ground warm, almond farmer Para Khagura told CBS13.