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November 2010
Brief Heat Wave in August Leads to Extensive Fruit Damage
Unusual weather patterns caused unusually severe damage to fruit. Is this a foreshadowing of things to come?
by Mark Greenspan
AS IF THE 2010 GROWING SEASON wasn’t going badly enough, with the late spring rainfall and unusually cool weather, did we really need the two-day heat blast at the end of August to really spin the vintage out of control? Growers in California’s North Coast growing regions experienced some of the most severe and unusual heat damage to fruit in most anyone’s memory. Not your typical sunburn, where berry skins are scalded with afternoon sun, usually leading to raisined berries lat...
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