How Avocado Growers Are Faring In Drought Monday, July 21, 2014 | Sacramento, CA Listen / download audio Update RequiredTo play audio, update browser or Flash plugin. ollesvensson / Flickr The drought has forced some avocado growers to abandon their groves and this year’s harvest is lighter than the previous season. Ed McFadden is the chairman of the board of the California Avocado Commission and an avocado grower himself. He says California growers may be producing less avocadoes this year, but the quality is the best he’s seen in years. McFadden joins us to explain how the drought is affecting avocado growers in the state and whether you’ll see a spike in the fruit’s price because of the drought.