Sutter County prune farmers Joe Mitchell, left, and Neill Mitchell examine a tree limb in their orchard that was affected by heavy wind, rains and cold temperatures a few weeks ago, causing trees to drop fruit.
Photo/Christine Souza
This is a sparse fruit set, with prunes remaining on the trees at least three times smaller than they should be at this time of year.
Photo/Christine Souza
Colusa County experienced pea-sized hail, above, and heavy rains early this week. In Sutter County, below, Joe Mitchell and his father Neill Mitchell walk through their prune orchard that suffered damage from heavy rains, high winds and cold temperatures. The Mitchells say they expect to harvest no fruit from the orchard.
Photo/Randy Johnson
Colusa County experienced pea-sized hail, above, and heavy rains early this week. In Sutter County, below, Joe Mitchell and his father Neill Mitchell walk through their prune orchard that suffered damage from heavy rains, high winds and cold temperatures. The Mitchells say they expect to harvest no fruit from the orchard.
Photo/Christine Souza
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