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USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (November 28, 2017) – Most of the State experienced some rain last week. The rain was associated with a passing storm system. Temperatures were slightly warmer than typical for this time of the year. The average temperatures across the state ranged from the 40s to the 70s. Some locations reported close to 2.00 inches of precipitation.

Temperature highs were in the 60s to 70s in the mountains, 60s to 80s in the valley, 60s to 90s along the coast, and 80s to 90s in the desert. Temperature lows were in the 10s to 20s in the mountains, 20s to 40s in the desert, 30s to 40s in the valley, and 30s to 50s along the coast.

Recent rains have encouraged the emergence of winter grains and silage crops and they were growing well. Early plantings of small grains had germinated and showed good emergence. Growers continued to prepare more fields for fall planting of wheat, barley, and oats. Silage corn grew well and harvesting was ongoing. Cotton fields were defoliated and harvesting was in full swing. Black-eyed beans were being harvested and processed.

Apple harvest was slowing down. Pruning continued in some stone fruit orchards; old orchards were removed and prepared for replanting. Table grapeharvest continued to slow.  Quince, pears, pomegranates, kiwifruit, and persimmons were harvested. Olive groves were pruned. Navel orange harvest was ongoing. Lemon, grapefruit, mandarin and pomelo harvests continued. Harvested trees were pruned; young citrus trees were bagged to protect them from frost.

Almond and pistachio harvests were complete. Walnut harvest was nearly complete.

Fall vegetables were being harvested. Acorn and Spaghetti squash, turnips, beets, yams, kale, cauliflower, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and snow peas were available now at the local Farmers’ Markets. Strawberries continued to increase at roadside stands. Harvest continued for green beans, cucumbers, daikon, eggplant, yellow bell peppers and tomatoes. Tomato beds were being prepared for planting. Organic cantaloupe harvest ended. Organic broccoli, celery and spinach fields were growing nicely.  Head, leaf, and romaine lettuce for the fall season grew nicely with many fields starting to be harvested.

Dairy workers were cleaning out corrals in preparation for winter.  Several days of heavy rain improved range and pasture conditions in the northern part of the state, while rangeland forage conditions were reported as fair to poor in the central portion of the state.  Supplemental feeding of cattle was ongoing.

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