Wild weather impacting local crops

Posted at 2:57 PM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 21:57:57-04

The wild weather means local crops such as almonds and cherries must battle tough conditions to survive. 

At Murray Family Farms there are 20 different types of cherries and the owner, Steve Murray, said that's a good thing because the weather effects each kind of cherry differently. 
Murray said two weeks ago they had some of the best looking cherries the farm had seen in years. However with the recent rain and wind the cherries started to crack and bruise leaving many damaged enough that they could no longer be packaged for sale. 
Today, 125 workers were in the cherry trees picking the ripe fruit. 
Murray said even though the weather damaged many of the cherries the crop did so well this year that they should be fine. 
Murray said with cherries, farmers have to worry about the risk of rain, wind and hail. 
He said rain can force the skin on the cherry to split because at certain times of growth it can't hold that much moisture. When it's windy it causes the cherries to rub together and may cause bronzing on the cherries, which then will have to wait to be a deeper red color to cover the bronzing. Also, when it hails it can cause bruising on the cherries and send them to the ground. 
Also because of the weather recently, Murray Family Farms started their U–pick cherries event a weekend early.
In two weeks, Murray Family Farms will be hosting the Cherry Festival and Murray said they expect to have plenty of crop for the event. 
Tammy Harris who owns 20 acres of almonds said, thankfully the strong weekend winds didn't damage her crop, but she said that's because she replanted seven years ago. 
Across the street from her property, the trees weren't as lucky. A tree was down in nearly every row and tons of almonds were shaken to the ground.
Harris said older trees are more heavy and more likely to be uprooted because they're heavier and all almond trees have roots that are only three to four inches deep. 
She said because her trees are younger she's confident she'll continue to make it through the rest of the season, but for others there may be more to come.