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Valley growers work to protect products during cold temperatures

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Citrus growers across Central California are used to being on standby for low temperatures, but this week has been worrying.

“This is really the first cold event we are worried about,” said California Citrus Mutual President Casey Creamer.

Creamer says that when temperatures are below 28 degrees and for a long time, then they are really worried.

If citrus fruits are affected by frost, the results can be costly.

“It can not be marketed at all,” Creamer said. “The inside will separate from the skin and this is not good and does not last that long.”

There was a silver lining, however, with the weather patterns this week – rain fell in the valley and snow stuck in the Sierra Nevada.

“This much-needed rain and snow was very necessary, especially with the recent announcement of zero water distribution or 15% in Friant, I think,” Creamer said. “We know there are more out there and we hope these numbers come.”

In the meantime, growers will continue to work hard to harvest this season and prepare for next season.

Creamer also says that the packaging plants have technology that is extremely useful for identifying the affected fruit.

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