First, area almond farmers were plagued by water shortages and drought. Now more water than anyone has seen in decades threatens to hamper the 2017 crop. “I think the forecast is for it to dry out so we can get equipment in there,” said Almond Board of California President and CEO, Richard Waycott. “As long as machines can get in the orchards, it should be fine.” In February, the immediate issue farmers faced was the threat of fungus forming on new blooms. Those blooms started appearing in mid-February. “We will have to deal with fungus,” said Waycott. “As long as we have good temperatures, we should be able to get in and deal with that.”
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