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By Will Fritz
Staff Writer 

Winds cause anxiety for local avocado grower


Last updated 12/16/2020 at 3:07pm

avocados on the ground

Village News/Will Fritz photo

Avocados at a De Luz grove were knocked to the ground by Santa Ana winds in early December. Downed fruit cannot be sold.

Santa Ana winds have long been the cause of headaches for avocado growers, and the winds experienced in Southern California the first week of December – which also caused public safety power shutoffs in Fallbrook and elsewhere – were no different.

One De Luz grower said the winds knocked a significant chunk of the fruit off her trees.

"I have quite a few trees that have no fruit on them at all," the grower said. "I wouldn't say half my grove has no fruit but there are probably 10%, 20% with no fruit on them, and then the trees that do have fruit, don't have much."

The grower said the da...

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