One local farmer tells Action News Now in his forty years of harvesting here in Chico, this one has been the best in terms of the weather. The dry weather has allowed for speed, quality, and maybe most importantly, saving money.
Harvest will have finished at Thomas farms this time next week.
And that’s not a bad deal for Mike Thomas, who will be able to kick his feet up and bask in sun. The sun, and dry weather, is exactly the reason it's been a great harvest season.
Heavy rain actually helped to start the season.
“Everything since then has been so dry since then,” Thomas said.
“It’s been great. It's gone quick, weather has helped get us through the harvest very, very quickly,” Colleen Cecil, Executive Director of the Butte Co. Farm Bureau, said.
“…speed, quality, drying time--is what I love,” Thomas said.
Thomas tells Action News Now he's saved thousands of dollars this year, because he hasn't had to use dryer machines for as long this year; the walnuts are already dry.
“There's demand for our product throughout the world,” Cecil said.
Cecil said 75% of Butte County walnuts, almonds and rice are exported to other counties.
So while the fruits (or nuts) of their labor are shipped across seas, farmers here in the north state, are basking in the sun.
The butte county farm bureau reports the county had a more than $700,000,000 value in 2012.