Crops take damage from late season rains
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05-14-13--nr-cherries--Patterson-area farmer Dave Santos shows how recent rains have damaged some of this year's apricot crop. Some of Santos' cherries also have sustained damage from the inclement weather.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
05-14-13--nr-cherries--Patterson-area farmer Dave Santos shows how recent rains have damaged some of this year's apricot crop. Some of Santos' cherries also have sustained damage from the inclement weather.--Photo by Nick Rappley/Patterson Irrigator
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The cherry and apricot crop in parts of the West Side sustained damage after late season rains hit the Central Valley on May 7 and May 8.

After receiving .11 inches of rain in Patterson those two days, splitting and cracking in cherries and apricots were reported in some rural Patterson farms.

Local farmer Dave Santos, who grows both cherries and apricots, said 10 percent to 15 percent of his crop was damaged due to the late season rains.

“We had some cracked coral cherries and even some apricots,” he said. “The rains hurt early varieties of apricots with splits and cracks.”

Moisture on cherries followed by high temperatures can cause them to split and ruin. In addition, some apricots absorb the water and swell when they’re nearly ripe, he said.

Santos demonstrated by holding up an early variety poppy apricot showing splits along its side Tuesday May 13.

Not all farmers received significant damage, however.

Local farmer Rob Brooks said he didn’t sustain much damage to his cherries, coral, champagne or royal hazel varieties of cherries.

“We lucked out,” he said. “The weather was cool the night after so no real damage to our crops,” Brooks indicated by phone Thursday, May 9.

Contact Nick Rappley at 892-6187, ext. 31 or nick@pattersonirrigator.com.

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