Table grape growers expect stronger fruit this season

September 19, 2012 12:38:04 AM PDT
The high temperatures this summer are helping the Valley's table grape harvest.

Valley table grape producers say the warm weather has helped them hold less fruit in inventory. They expect a stronger grape market this year.

The record heat did create an unusual problem for growers -- the warm days and nights made it difficult to get the fruit to color. But ag officials say most of the fruit will eventually reach the necessary color for picking.