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Big chill threatens California crops

Last night was the coldest night of the week out West with minimums in the upper 20s in some regions and lower 30s in most. Tonight and Wednesday will be a few degrees warmer but the colder weather will settle back in Thursday and Friday night.wear

The main growing regions in California will have frost and freeze warnings until Saturday.

Coastal regions, including Castroville, Salinas, Santa Maria and Oxnard, CA, as well as Ensenada, Mexico, are being affected. The entire San Joaquin Valley from Modesto south to Bakersfield will also be affected.

The Coachella Valley, Yuma and Mexicali regions shouldn’t expect temperatures to get below 35 degrees at all this week.

To make matters worse the coastal areas of California and the San Joaquin Valley have a 40 to 50 percent chance of rain on Thursday, Feb. 22 and then another 50 percent chance for Tuesday, Feb. 27.

Check with your shippers to see how supplies may be affected.

Florida and mainland Mexico are currently experiencing perfect growing conditions. Nothing major on the horizon for the next 10 days. These two regions should have good supply of product this week and next.

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