California Crop Weather (Week Ending: May 19, 2019)

USDA Crop/Weather Report

WEATHER

Temperature highs ranged from the low 50s to mid 70s in the mountains, low 60s to high 80s along the coast, mid 60s to low 90s in the valley, and mid 70s to low 100s in the desert. Temperature lows ranged from the low 30s to mid 30s in the mountain, mid 30s to low 60s in the desert, low 40s to low 50s along the coast, and mid 40s to mid 50s in the valley.

FIELD CROPS

Sunflowers were planted and wheat harvest will begin soon in Imperial County. In the Sacramento Valley, winter wheat progressed well. Corn continued to be planted in Kings County. Alfalfa harvest continued. Blackeye peas were planted. In Tulare County, wheat, alfalfa, and oats were harvested. Silage crops were being cut. Corn and cotton continued to be planted.

FRUIT CROPS

Stone fruit thinning was on going as late season immature fruit developed. Early varieties of apricot, peach, and nectarine were harvested. Though intermittent rain hampered harvest, cherry harvest continued at an accelerated rate with the forecast of more rain. Nutrient sprays and pesticides, herbicides and fungicides were applied to orchards and vineyards. Mechanical vineyard maintenance continued. Shoot thinning and positioning were also underway in grape vineyards. Late Navel orange quality declined and harvest was wrapping up for the season. Star Ruby grapefruit were harvested. Seedless tangerinesremained netted for the bloom. Valencia and lemon harvesting continued. Citrus groves were thinned, topped and skirted. Olive bloom was progressing well. Some olive trees were pruned.

NUT CROPS

Almonds were sizing well. Walnut and pistachio bloom continued. Young nut orchard floors were mowed and irrigations systems repaired.

VEGETABLE CROPS

In the Sacramento Valley, asparagus harvest continued. Tomatoes for processing continued to be planted. In Imperial County, onions progressed well. Broccoli, asparagus, and carrot harvests concluded in Fresno County.

LIVESTOCK

Foothill rangeland and non-irrigated pasture were in good to fair condition. Late season precipitation benefitted grass and forb growth. Sheep grazed in fallow fields. Some bees were moved out of state Crop Weather Report, while others were moved to kiwi vineyards and melon fields for pollination.

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