For navels, most producers lost 10% to 20%, while one unnamed grower reported losing everything.
“The industry is now faced with increased costs associated with quality inspections,” Severns said. “Fruit is moving through the packinghouses at a much slower rate as we employ freeze detection technology as well as human inspection protocol.”
Production in Ventura, Riverside, Imperial, and Monterey counties was not affected.
Markets Editor Andy Nelson contributed to this story.