Avocado Production in the San Joaquin Valley Gets Closer

UC Cooperative Extension Specialist Mary Lu Arpaia is conducting research to bring avocados to the San Joaquin Valley. Avocados have had success in areas of mild climate, like San Diego and Ventura counties. California consumers favor Hass avocados, but these avocados can’t tolerate heat in the valley. Arpaia is testing different varieties that are comparable to Hass in taste and that can take the place of citrus trees that once thrived. She said, “In the San Joaquin Valley, water is relatively cheap and we have better water quality than San Diego County. If farmers have property where they can grow lemons, they could try avocados.”

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