California Cold Hurts Citrus Crops

So, to say the least, the weather has been a little screwy lately. The midwest is being pounded by record snowfall and the northeast is reporting record warming—what the heck? This can’t be good, right? Well in this case, no. According to Olivia Munoz of the Associated Press the icy weather in California is wreaking havoc on citrus crops. And avocados too—NO! Here’s more:
Growers say more than 70 percent of this season's oranges, lemons and tangerines were still on the trees as nighttime temperatures in California's Central Valley dipped into the low 20s and teens beginning Friday. The fruit is threatened whenever the mercury falls below 28 degrees.

"Limited amounts were harvested before the freeze, so it's not like the markets are going to dry up suddenly," said Claire Smith, a spokeswoman for Sunkist Growers Inc., a Los Angeles-based cooperative owned by some 6,000 growers in California and Arizona.

Still, the diminished supply is bound to drive up prices, Smith said. Sunkist may import oranges and other fruit from South Africa and other countries.
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