A hard freeze is possible Wednesday and Thursday


There is potential for a hard freeze in the valley Wednesday and Thursday morning. One concern is how this could impact some crops?

One of the NorthState's largest almond growers spoke with KRCR about the state of their products. Tyler Christiansen of TC Farming, Highway 99 Red Bluff, grows almonds, walnuts and prunes, among other things.

"[Overnight lows in the 20's] are very acceptable temperatures right now. Currently the wood has hardened off (buds) with some of the freezes we have had, and currently we don't have a lot of vulnerability to frost. In the next few weeks vulnerability will increase, it will get serious, and we will need to protect our crops then," Christiansen said.

Some orchards use sprinklers, some hire helicopters which will hover to create an inversion, which keeps the warmer air lower to the ground.

TC Farming also has bees, but not for producing honey. Bees are used to cross pollinate because down at TC Farming,they have three varieties of almond trees and the pollen of one flower needs to be moved to the next in order to make an almond.

The bees do not want to work when it is cold or windy, they stay in their hives. They need warmer weather, some sunlight, low wind and the bees are ready to work.

"The rainfall has been tremendous this year, it's leached the salts out of our soil and replenished our lakes and groundwater," Christiansen said.

Farmers are expecting the almond bloom in the third week of February. Walnuts and prunes should come about a month later.

Right now, farmers are doing winter sanitizing, which includes shaking out the trees to eliminate "mummies," dead shells that were destroyed by insects.

Harvest time will not be here until October. Plenty of California almonds are in the stores to enjoy.

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