Four consecutive nights of below freezing temperatures have hurt citrus production in California. California is number one producer of citrus in the U.S. For example,
86%of lemons and
21%of oranges sold in the U.S. come from California. Citrus suffers when temperatures fall below
EastValleyTribune.com quoted a citrus farmer in California saying, "We may adjust the prices as we discover the full extent of the damage next week, but for now, if you bought an orange at the supermarket for
50 cents, expect to pay a
dollar to $1.49for it."
Potentially bad news for guacamole lovers...[source: EastValleyTribune.com on 17 January 2007] "Lee Cole, chief of Santa Paula-based Calavo Growers Inc., which sells 35 to 40 percent of the state's $380 million avocado crop, said the freeze may have claimed up to 40 percent of Calavo's crop in Ventura County, with damage along the less-frigid coast between San Luis Obispo and Escondido hovering between 25 and 35 percent."
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 17 January 2007