Freezing overnight weather fails to damage Valley fruit, nut crops

The Fresno BeeFebruary 5, 2014 

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In a December 2013 file photo, Sanger-area grower W.M. Boos employee Daniel Castrejon opens a standpipe to send irrigation water into a citrus grove for protection against an expected freeze.

JOHN WALKER — THE FRESNO BEE Buy Photo

Overnight freezing temperatures Wednesday in parts of the central San Joaquin Valley were not enough to damage the region's tree fruit and nut crops.

Growers were concerned that early-blooming trees might be harmed by a freeze. Temperatures late Tuesday and early Wednesday ranged from the low to mid-30s in the coldest areas of the Valley.

"We have not heard that anyone had any problems," said Fred Rinder, deputy Fresno County Agricultural Commissioner.

Tulare County agricultural officials also anticipate no damage, adding that many tree fruit farmers used irrigation water to increase the surface temperatures in their orchards.

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