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California Farmers Concerned About Early Fall Rain

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The cool summer this year has already slowed things down for farmers across California.  Now, they're worried that this early Fall rain will further delay harvests or damage their crops.  Dave Kranz is with the California Farm Bureau Federation.  He says right now there are more crops still out in the field than typically would be this time of year.

 "The threat in some cases is from fungal diseases that can affect crops like grapes and tomatoes and other crops. But we're hopeful that with the weather immediately following the rain will eliminate or reduce that threat…"

Kranz says farmers did have quite a bit of warning that this weather system was coming-so many have been working to get the crops in quickly.  Harvests that are still taking place around the state include winegrapes, cotton, raisins, almonds and walnuts.

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