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GreenSheet | March 2, 2017

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The California Avocado Commission (CAC) is proud to announce that the CAC 2016 Annual Report is now available on the California avocado growers’ website.

Growers are encouraged to attend the California Avocado Commission’s Pine Tree Ranch Demonstration Grove Field Day that will be held on March 15.

This year the Ventura County Ag Summit will focus on the role that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) disciplines play in the agricultural industry. Learn more.

As President Trump promised to do if elected, within the first few weeks of his administration a renewed focus on immigration enforcement actions has occurred. The current actions have focused on rounding up criminal illegal aliens, but as with previous administrations it’s a possibility that ICE employer raids will resume. Learn more.

In preparation for the Big Game — and to build awareness of availability of California avocados at select retailers — the California Avocado Commission (CAC) conducted contests in Gelson’s and Mollie Stone’s stores during the three weeks leading up to the event.

On January 28, 2017, more than 525 industry members attended a dinner and dance to recognize the outgoing Board of Directors and celebrate the new members of the Board of Directors with Connie Stukenberg, California Avocado Commission retail marketing director, serving as chair of the Fresh Produce and Floral Council.

Summary- Westerlies occur across most of Calif. The troughing pattern is bi-modal, with some troughs developing just off the coast of central and N Calif, and some focusing into the Great Basin. Forcing for troughs occurring from the Calif coast southwestward is from the sea surface temperature anomaly (SSTA) pattern W of Calif. Forcing for troughs over the Great Basin are related to the current new El Niño that has begun. Periods of WNW flow with troughing occur, bringing more occurrence of cold conditions with lower snow levels into N and central Calif, due to troughing over the Great Basin. Individual troughs contain moisture but lack strength as they reach the coast, but intensify while moving inland. This new pattern of development, related to El Niño favors development of troughs in S and SE Calif, NW Mexico, and Arizona, and a colder and occasionally showery pattern in central and N Calif. This maintains a colder than normal pattern with periods of snow showers thru the Sierras. As El Niño becomes more active during late March thru early May, the southern storm track continues. The southern storm track will induce showers and continued snowy conditions in the Sierras in late March thru April. The southern storm track will tend to support the development of severe weather events (thunderstorms and tornadoes), with above normal rainfall in Oklahoma, north Texas in April and Kansas-Nebraska in May.