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USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (October 3, 2017) – A warmer and drier pattern returned last week. A dry week prevailed across the State with no sites reporting widespread measurable precipitation.  A few isolated sprinkles were associated with localized marine stratus events between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Warm afternoon highs resulted in near total snowmelt at elevations below 10,000 feet. Local snowfields, both a remnant from last winter’s snowpack as well as the snows that fell during the previous week, still exist at elevations above 10,000 feet, most notably in the Stanislaus National Forest, the Lassen Volcanoes National Park, and the peak of Mount Shasta.  Deepest snow cover is estimated to be near one foot.

Temperature highs were in the 50s to 70s in the mountains, 60s to 70s along the coast, and 80s to 90s in the valley and the desert. Temperature lows were in the 20s to 40s in the mountains, 50s to 60s along the coast, and 50s to 60s in the valley and the desert.

Alfalfa fields continued to be cut and baled. Sorghum fields were being harvested. Corn silage continued to be harvested. Cotton bolls continued to develop; fields were being defoliated and having borders knocked down in preparation for harvest. Black-eyed beans continued to be harvested.

Stone fruit harvest was slowing down as the season draws to a close. Gypsum and potash were applied to harvested stone fruit orchards. Some wine, table and raisin grapes were harvested. Finished raisin trays were rolled up for pickup. Asian Pears, pears, figs, and pomegranates were harvested. Kiwifruitharvest began. Persimmons continued to gain size and coloring. Citrus packing houses were getting ready for the new navel orange season.  Lemons were harvested and packed. Some orange groves were pushed out to make way for new plantings. Apples were harvested. Olive harvest was underway.

The almond harvest was winding down across the state. Walnut harvest was underway. Pistachioharvest continued.

In Colusa County, the tomato harvest wound down while the honeydew harvest continued.  In Sacramento County, the tomato harvest was in full swing.  In San Joaquin County, Farmers’ Market vegetables were harvested and offered for sale.   Fall field work and ground preparation were done.  In Monterey County, the Salinas Valley season wound down with typical fluctuations of cooler and warmer cycles.  Production and cultivation were still going strong and late season crops were planted.  In Fresno County, jalapenos were harvested.  Carrots were recovering from heat damage.  Soil was prepared for planting organic garlic and onions.  In Tulare County, tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, and peppers were picked by certified producers.  Commercial plantings of yellow squash,eggplant, Bell peppers, green chili peppers, and cucumbers were harvested and shipped domestically.  Fall vegetables were planted and developing well.  Pumpkins were prepared for harvest.

Non-irrigated and foothill rangeland were reported to be in poor to very poor condition. Supplemental feeding of cattle continued. Some cattle were moved down from high elevation range.

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