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Rainstorms bring hope to valley farmers

Some very welcomed moisture in parched rows of almond orchards. This is the scene as a powerful winter storm continues to drench the Central Valley.

It's a hopeful sight for almond farmer and Madera County Farm Bureau President Jay Mahil.

"Everybody has been talking about 'miracle march.' They weren't very optimistic about it but it's coming so it's very welcomed," he said.

This comes after fluctuating temperatures over the past two months including a cold snap which damaged thousands of acres of crops across the valley.

"Blooms were anywhere from 40% to 50% which was very detrimental to the almond blooms at that time," said Mahil.

He said almond farmers also took a big hit this season because the cold and freezing temperatures stopped bees from flying in and pollinating their crops.

As far as this year's crops -- it's pretty much a waiting game.

"We are still far behind what we should be, but we will take whatever we can get at this point," said Mahil.


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