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Early warming trend not a problem for almonds - yet

Local almond growers talks about the impact of Spring-like weather in February.

Posted: Feb. 8, 2018 5:00 PM

"Hard work is what I live for, I like being dirty ... When you go home at the end of the day, covered in oil, grease or dirt? You feel like you did something" said Sohnrey.

Raised in a family that's been farming since the 1800s, Andrew Sohnrey's no stranger to the random whims of the weather.

"You can't control mother nature, so we just plan for the weather events as best we can, we just roll with the flow" said Sohnrey.

This year? winter came and went with little rainfall ... And though it's early February, the valley hit temperatures in the 70s. Which is actually just fine for almond growers.

Flowers on these trees this early in February? That can be a good sign, as long as we don't have any more very cold weather.

"The temperature we have right now is phenomenal, if we can keep that, that'd be fantastic" said Sohnrey.

But if a deep freeze heads our way? That could be trouble.

"We'd turn the irrigation on and the water helps to keep the air warm, it helps protect the trees and the nuts" said Sohnrey.

The cold could freeze the developing bud and rain could wash away the pollen.

And all those honey bees buzzing around?

"Bees are definitely more active when it's warm outside, if it gets too cool again, they won't fly and they won't pollinate" said Sohnrey.

Rain or shine, it's all in a day;s work.

"Being able to see you crops grow and harvest it from beginning to end? It's a really satisfying thing" said Sohnrey.

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