Almonds: concern about frost damage

March 2, 2022 at 4:57 PM , Der AUDITOR
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SACRAMENTO. The early start of flowering in California may have been fatal for the almond trees after last week's frosty temperatures. Some farmers were able to take precautions in the hope of preventing greater losses.

Damage estimates still pending

Unusually warm temperatures had caused the almond blossom to start earlier than usual in the more northern growing regions of California. The cold temperatures of the last week may well have destroyed some of the blossoms. However, weather services had issued a frost warning early so that farmers had time to take protective measures. The sprinkler method is the most popular. Depending on the dew point, the irrigation systems are switched on at night so that the water can warm the soil, which in turn radiates this heat upwards to the tr

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