Orange in tree
Citrus farmers look forward to the rain and expected cold weather in California's citrus belt. (Photo: Angel DiBilio /

Press Release Provided by California Citrus Mutual

As rain and expected cold weather sweep through the citrus belt of California, growers are looking forward to the positive effects that this weather is bringing.

Water and the current drought top growers’ concerns and the needed rain will have positive effects on the water supply and improve fruit size and quality.

Following today’s rain, temperatures are expected to drop to freezing and below. As currently forecasted, the sub-freezing temperatures will be a benefit to the crop. The colder temperatures will help send trees into dormancy as well as helping to improve coloring and overall quality.

California Citrus Mutual employs weather stations up and down the citrus belt and provides citrus-specific forecasts to help members anticipate weather issues. Growers will be monitoring conditions closely over the weekend and will be prepared to run water or turn on wind machines to alleviate any negative effects of the lower temperature.

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