California Crop Weather Report (WEEK ENDING: June 30, 2019)

USDA Crop/Weather Report

WEATHER

Temperature highs ranged from the high 50s to mid 80s in the mountains, mid 60s to mid 90s along the coast, mid 70s to high 90s in the valley, and mid 80s to low 110s in the desert.  Temperature lows ranged from the mid 30s to high 50s in the mountains, mid 40s to high 50s along the coast, mid 40s to mid 80s in the desert, and mid low 50s to high 70s in the valley.

 

FIELD CROPS

In the Sacramento Valley, winter wheat harvest continued and rice continued to progress well. Safflower started to bloom and sunflowers continued to be planted. 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. Blackeye peas progressed well in Kings County.

 

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.Cherry harvest drew to a close. Late season stone fruit were hand thinned. Reflective sheets were laid between rows to promote color development. Olives continued to mature. 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 thinned, topped and skirted. Some citrus groves were pushed out in preparation for new plantings.

 

NUT CROPS

Orchards continued to be irrigated. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios were developing well. Sunburn protective sprays were applied to some walnut groves. Young nut orchard floors were mowed.

 

VEGETABLE CROPS

In Tulare County, zucchini, squash, cucumbers, and tomatoes continued to be harvested andeggplant 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 fair to good condition. Sheep grazed in fallow fields. Some cattle were moved to better range as lower elevation grasses and watering holes dried. Bees were active in melon and sunflower fields.

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