California Crop Weather Report ( Week Ending: June 23, 2019)

USDA Crop/Weather Report

WEATHER

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

FIELD CROPS

In the Sacramento Valley, winter wheat harvest began and rice continued to progress well. Safflower progressed well and sorghum was planted in Kings County. Cutting of alfalfa continued. In Tulare County, corn, cotton, and safflower progressed well. Wheat and oats continued to be harvested. Silage crops were being cut. In Fresno County, barley was harvested. Cotton progressed well.

FRUIT CROPS

Nutrient sprays and pesticides, herbicides and fungicides were applied to orchards and vineyards. Stone fruit orchards were irrigated. Apricots, peaches, plums, pluots, and nectarines were harvested. Late season stone fruit were hand thinned. Reflective sheets were laid between rows to promote color development. Olives were maturing. Grapes were growing well as fruit thinning activities continued. Mechanical vineyard maintenance continued. Mandarins, lemons, grapefruit and Valencia and Navel oranges were packed for export and domestic markets. Citrus groves were treated with post-emergent herbicides, foliar fungicides, and nutrient applications. Citrus groves were thinned, topped, and skirted. Some citrus were pushed out in preparation for new plantings.

NUT CROPS

Orchards continued to be irrigated. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios were developing well. Young nut orchard floors were moved.

VEGETABLE CROPS

Blackeye peas progressed well in Kings County. In Tulare County, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes continued to be harvested and eggplant progressed well. Tomato, cucumber, and zucchini harvests continued in the Sacramento Valley. Cherry
tomatoes progressed well and will be harvested soon.

LIVESTOCK

Foothill rangeland and non-irrigated pasture remained in good condition. Some rangeland was burned as grasses began to dry. Sheep grazed in fallow fields. Some bees were moved to melon and sunflower fields for pollination.

 

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