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USDA California Crop Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (October 18, 2017) – A drier pattern persisted during the prior week. Most stations reported little to no precipitation across the State. Some precipitation was reported along the northern coast. Some snow-melt occurred in the afternoon hours along the northeast mountain region.

Temperature highs were in the 60s to 70s in the mountains, 70s to 90s along the coast, and 80s to 90s in the valley and the desert. Temperature lows were in the 10s to 40s in the mountains, 30s to 40s along the coast, in the valley, and the desert.

Alfalfa fields continued to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Sorghum fields were being harvested. Corn silage continued to be harvested. Cotton was being harvested for lint and seed. Black-eyed beans continued to be harvested.

Late season peaches, nectarines, and plums continued to be harvested. Some old stone fruit orchards were being pushed out. Soil amendments were being applied to some stone fruit orchards. Wine and table grape harvest continued in the San Joaquin Valley. Napa and Sonoma County wild fires were impacting some field activities and the smoke could taint unharvested grapes. Thompson seedless grapes were being rolled and picked up. Pear and pomegranate harvesting continued. Persimmons were coloring. Most citrus packing houses continued to get ready for the new navel orange season. Citrus orchards were being skirted and trimmed for the coming season. Some orange groves were being pushed out to make way for new plantings. Finger limes were harvested. The olive crop continued to be harvested.

The almond harvest continued to slow down across the state. Walnut and Pistachio harvests continued.

In Fresno County, jalapenos continued to be harvested. Carrots were recovering from heat damage. Soil was prepared for planting organic garlic and onions. In Tulare County, certified producers were picking tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. 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. In Tulare County, certified producers were picking tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. Commercial plantings of yellow fall vegetables were developing well and some early varieties were almost ready for harvest. Strawberries continued to grow. Pumpkin patches look very mature and should be ready for picking soon.

Non-irrigated and foothill rangeland was reported to be in poor to very poor condition. Supplemental feeding of cattle continued. Cattle were moved down from high-elevation range. Sheep were being moved to Imperial Valley. Northern California wildfires burned rangeland and forced evacuations of large animals.

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