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by Mike Staver in San Diego
It may be one of the hottest days of the summer, but many California strawberries are looking a little dry in the fields.
According to the California Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (CDAWR), the average statewide strawberry harvest in the state will end May 26 — which comes after a record-breaking summer in September and October of 2014 and 2015.
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And tha구미안마t same year, production was lower than the previous year, even as the world’s crop of strawberries continued to grow.
“It’s really discouraging that there was so much demand for strawberries so early last year when they were still selling like nothing was going on outside the United States,” CDAWR strawberry manager Chris Mather said. “We did all our best to do whatever we could to raise the market, but unfortunately you’re just not getting it and that’s discouraging.”
For some reason, CDAWR was surprised by the low strawberry harvest, while many growers are still anticipating a bumper crop.
“When we saw that we were at least 5% below expectation that was tough,” Mather said. “When we said we were 1% above, our customers started taking notice and asking if we were being frugal.”
CDAWR is planning to plant about 1.75 million gallons of strawberry farmers irrigated greenhouses for next year to feed their own needs — and to help meet the state’s drought-tolerant greenhouses and greenhouses with plants that are more drought-proof.
With the growing demand for strawberries and other summer fruits across the nation, growers are seeing fewer harvests in their fields this year.
The dry conditions are especially troubling in California, with a high price tag. The average California strawberry pr세종출장안마ice of $4.99 per pound was $7.13 in January, up 3.3% year-over-year. It’s now $7.76 per pound.
“If we’re still seeing prices that are 10% above average, then this is a recipe for disaster,” Mather said.
He said the current drought might affect farmers in the long run if the state doesn’t find more rain to come through on the state’s growing crop. It was the third straight year with a driest May o