USDA California Crop Weather Report (For Week Ending: June 9, 2019)

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Weather

Temperature highs ranged from the low 60s to high 80s in the mountains, low 60s to low 100s along the coast, mid 70s to mid 100s in the valley, and mid 70s to low 110s in the desert. Temperature lows ranged from the low 30s to low 60s in the mountains, mid 40s to low 80s in the desert, low 40s to high 50s along the coast, and high 40s to high 70s in the valley.

Field Crops

In the Sacramento Valley, winter wheat progressed well, and rice continued to be planted. Corn and safflower progressed well in Kings. Cutting of alfalfa continued. In Tulare, corn, cotton, and safflower progressed well. Wheat and oats continued to be harvested. Silage crops were being cut.

Fruit Crops

Pomegranates started to bloom. Stone fruit orchards were irrigated. 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 tangerines remained netted for the bloom. Valencia orange 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

Blackeye peas were planted in Kings. In Tulare, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, and eggplant continued to be harvested and asparagus harvest concluded. Broccoli, asparagus, and carrot harvest concluded in Fresno. In San Mateo, artichokes and peas were harvested.

Livestock

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

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