FRESNO (CBSLA) — Grape harvesters in Central California have been contending with scorching heat this season.
Harvesters have been attempting to avoid the high temperatures by picking grapes at night.READ MORE: CHP Motorcycle Officer Involved In Traffic Collision On Eastbound 105 Freeway At Bellflower Boulevard
Harvesting machines have been making their way through vineyards to shake off pinot grigio grapes.READ MORE: First Weekend Eligible Adults Can Receive Pfizer's COVID-19 Booster Shot In Los Angeles County
Farmers are relieved that smoke from wildfires didn’t cause any concerns for their crops after a summer of record heat.
“Specifically what we saw with grapes is that there was a delay in maturing simply because plants are a lot like humans,” Fresno County Farm Bureau CEO Ryan Jacobsen said Wednesday. “They slow down when it gets over that 102 mark, we saw a lot of days that were well above that.”MORE NEWS: Man Shot And Killed By Huntington Police Saturday As Nearby Crowds Watched U.S. Open Of Surfing
In Fresno County, about half of the grape crop goes into making raisins. The other half is split between wine grapes and table grapes.