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Rain coming to the South, Oxnard expects good strawberry volume and quality

It appears the growing regions in Georgia and northern Florida will see decent amounts of rain over the next five days.weat

The growing regions of Blackshear, Homerville and Jessup, GA, can expect approximately 1.5 inches of total rainfall over the next five days. These regions are preparing for the start of blueberry harvest. The heaviest rainfall will come today and Monday. Temps will be warm with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the mid-60s. 

Farther south in the state of Florida, all major growing regions will see rain starting this Sunday, continuing through next Tuesday. Regions from Tampa and north will see approximately 1.25 inches over the three days. The farther south you go into Immokalee and Belle Glade the lower the rain totals will be. The weather should begin to dry out starting Wednesday of next week.

GOOD NEWS FOR CHERRY GROWERS
What was expected to be a big storm hitting the Sacramento area has been greatly downsized. At this time the forecast is for rain totals up to 0.25 inches today with only a slight chance for tomorrow and again on Monday. This is the second storm in a row that has been downgraded in California in the last two weeks.

STRAWBERRY CORRECTION
A previous report contained incorrect information on Oxnard's strawberry season. While numbers are down this season due to the above-average rains Oxnard has seen this winter, production should begin to climb a bit as the weather warms up and late varieties kick into production. Carolyn O’Donnell, the communications director for the California Strawberry Commission, said Oxnard will have good volumes and quality for the next two months.

The Weathermelon app offers consolidated lists of global growing regions for each commodity; a 10-day detail forecast for each region; current radar maps (U.S. only); estimated harvest start/end dates for each commodity; monthly average high/low temps for each region; and custom daily alerts for temperature, precipitation and severe weather based on 10-day forecasts.

(David Robidoux is a co-founder Weathermelon)