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Rain damages Valley crops

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Rain came at a bad time for raisins and almonds Video: Rain damages Valley crops
Rain came at a bad time for raisins and almonds Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:01:10 +0000 Rain damages Valley crops Rain came at a bad time for raisins and almonds KSEE although it was just as aj predicted, yesterday's stormy weather caused many problems for valley residents - including farmers. the heavy rain impacted some of the valley's top crops at a critical time. stef meteorologist justin sacher joins us live with the aftermath and what it means for raisins and almonds. justin many farmers got a first look at damage today from storms and heavy rain last night. puddles of water on raisins set out to dry, soaked almonds on the ground that can only be harvested dry. yesterday's storms appear to have hit the valley's bottom line. [a12]ag damage justins-pkg 0313 some growers i think are going to lose their crop. kalem barserian heads the raisin bargaining association. he says when heavy rain hits the valley at the wrong time -- while raisins are drying on paper trays -- the results can be devestating. 0402 in calling all the growing areas, everybody's been affected. the entire growing area has been affected. we just don't know yet -- it's too early -- this happened last night. it's too early to say what's going to happen. 0416 hs says in a best-case- scenario, hot dry breezy weather could limit further damage. 0316 maybe 80, 90% of the crop could be saved. but barserian says too much rain before intense summer heat already weakend raisin crops. 0555 there's going to be a substantial shortage whether we save every pound from this point forward, we'll be short 50-thousand tons shortage to what we sold this last season. this is also a critical time for another valley crop -- almonds. 1122 we're going through the harvest period. when you harvest almonds you shake the nuts off and they drop down and you shake the nuts off on the orchard floor and at that point they're most susceptable with the rain. the rain will sit down and slow down your drying. almond grower john chandler is hopeful these wet almonds will dry in time to be saved. 1243 they're more difficult to process and they are more susceptable to diseases and funguses later on in the process. he says farmers in his situation are probably doing everything possible to save any almonds on wet ground. 1214 we have to go through -- usually some of the tricks you can pick them up and set them back down to air them out a bit and dry down because when it comes to almond harvest how dry they are is really a critical step in that process. 1230 0126 it's just a mess. it's a real mess. we're not ready for it. we're just going to have to wait and see what happens. justin as barserian mentioned, it's still too early to tell. so much depends on the weather today, tomorrow and the rest of this week as far as how much of the crop will survive. in fresno county, justin sacher reporting. evan fire officials

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