Satsuma Mandarin Crop

The owners of "Four-A" Farm, Terry and Sara Jo Adams have 50 satsuma trees at their home in Houston county and have nearly 200 at their farm just 5 miles down the road.
Even Bitsey, their rat terrier enjoys the aroma of the local citrus fruit.

Sara Jo Adams one of the owners of Four A Farm says:
"December, January, and February was ideal and then when the blooms burst forth in March they stuck and that's been the plus this year and that's why we have the beautiful crop we have."

The satsuma crop is above average this year, but crops were wiped out back in the 30's and 40's in Alabama due to a deep freeze.

Over the years, satsumas have made a comeback.

Neil Kelly the Regional Extension Agent for the Wiregrass says:
"Things are looking really much better this year for the satsuma. Some of those trees that were damaged by the cold weather they've come back into production. They've kind of overaged some of the damages that they received and so it has been a good growing season for satsumas."

Simply put, satsumas are a small mandarin orange.
A mature tree will produce anywhere from 300 to 400 pounds of fruit.
The citrus crop thrives in warm weather. An ideal forecast would be temperatures staying above 50 degrees.

Sara Jo continues with:
"The weather is the biggest culprit. We have some cold winters at times and just depending on what those winter months are determines the outcome of your satsuma production that next following spring."

The Adams say it's a good year for everyone to enjoy the sweet fruits of their labor.

Four-A is just one of a few satsuma farms in Houston county.
Homeowners grow satsumas for personal use. You can also find them at produce stands, and some grocery stores. Many are going into school lunch programs because they are so easy to peel.

Most satsumas will be harvested in the middle of November.



 
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