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Almond Growers Wary Of Rain

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, March 1, 2010
Like other farmers and ranchers who have been suffering through a three year drought, almond growers have welcomed the recent storms. But now that the almond trees are blooming, growers are concerned, because the bees, needed to pollinate the orchards, have been spending a good deal of time inside their hives dodging the wet and chilly weather.

Ornin Johnson, a Modesto area almond grower and beekeeper, is among those hoping for a break in the weather. 

“We're always looking for rain. We'll take all we can get, but sometimes the timing of it can foul a few things up. In this case with the rain coming down the bees don't want to fly.”

If the storms continue the almond crop will be smaller and that would drive up the price for consumers. Recently California almonds have generated more than a billion dollars a year in revenue for growers.
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