July 13, 2017

California’s triple-digit heat slows milk production, threatens crops and livestock

A stifling June heatwave with triple-digit temperatures hit agriculture producers in California, lowering dairy cow milk production and wreaking havoc on crops like citrus and nuts.Dairy production can fall as much as 20 percent on days when the mercury hits the triple digits. There’s also been some reports of scorched grapes in some places as well as what’s known as regreening of Valencia oranges.

“As far as we can tell at this point, it hasn’t been a huge problem although there will be some impacts almost certainly,” said Dave Kranz, a spokesman for the California Farm Bureau Federation.  Read more

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