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Stone-fruit growers near end of ‘nervous, difficult year’

Issue Date: August 27, 2014
By Christine Souza

With about a week to go for the California harvest of peaches, plums and nectarines, growers say they will bring in fairly normal-sized, high-quality crops despite the multi-year drought, increased costs and a tightening of the labor supply. But people in the stone-fruit business add that lack of water next year could make or break some smaller growers who may not be able to withstand another parched season.

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