March 14 AM Live Ag Report

FRESNO, Calif.

Strong winds in some parts of the state have ripped avocados from the trees, and burned down rinds. On top of that, the lack of rain has stopped growth and dehydrated some trees, forcing growers to water their crops at summer-time levels.

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Growers in California are hoping the strong demand for table grapes overseas is as good this year as it was in 2011.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, demand for grapes from the U.S. was very strong last year -- with a value of more than $700-million.

The number of exports was the second highest ever recorded, and the largest in five years.

The U.S.D.A. reports that between 2007 and 2011, grape export volumes increased nearly 17-percent.

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