A citrus revolution is quietly unfolding among the picturesque foothills of Orange Cove, California. In a region known for its Navels, Mulholland Citrus is bringing Mandarin oranges to the forefront.
A week after Hurricane Idalia tore across Florida and parts of the Southern-Atlantic Coast, we are learning more about how agricultural operations in its path were impacted by the storm, which reached a Category Three-level hurricane at its peak.
For this week’s Farm Family Friday, we head to California’s Central Valley to meet the Gillette Family. The family’s history of growing oranges dates back to the late 1800s—and it is incredible to see their passion for citrus is still strong.
USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says the storm could cause problems for several key crops grown in the Southwestern region, including parts of California and Arizona, along the storm’s path. It also carries risk for potential flash flooding and strong wind gusts as it travels north.