California Citrus Crops Badly Need Rain

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Scheduled precipitation this week could be key for California’s citrus and berry industries.

This time last year we were just walloped with water, but this year the rainy season may just be getting underway. That’s alright with Bay Area produce sellers, who say the Farmers Almanac calls for rain clear up until June.

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Rusty Tarp is the owner of “What a Tomato!” said that it’s just citrus and berries that are coming out of California right now. Everything else is coming from outside the country.

KCBS’ Holly Quan Reports:

”You’ve got all of your beans, your squashes, your tomatoes, bell peppers, cucumbers, all of that stuff is coming from Mexico right now,” said Tarp.

He said that what we don’t want to see is too much rain for too long, since farmers want to plant spring crops around March.

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