With one of the wettest winters on record currently continuing in California, strawberry growers in Oxnard are having a difficult time getting through their fields to harvest their fruit.
California fresh strawberry production is running a little ahead of last year through the week ending February 11 according to information from the California Strawberry Commission, but it is down in volume from 2015.
California strawberry acreage will remain fairly flat in 2017 compared to 2016 according to the California Strawberry Commission Acreage Survey.
The California Pear Advisory Board has established a crop estimate for Bartlett pear production in California this summer. The crop is estimated to be down in each of the districts in California.
California freezer grade strawberry deliveries were close to forty million pounds last week. This volume was very similar to the week before, and it represents the peak of the season for 2016.