California Crop Weather Report (Week ending: July 7, 2019)

USDA Crop/Weather Report

WEATHER

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

 FIELD CROPS

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

FRUIT CROPS

Stone fruit orchards were irrigated. Apricots, peaches, plums, pluots, and nectarines were harvested. Late season stone fruit were hand thinned. Older stone fruit orchards were pushed out after harvest. Persimmons and olives continued to mature. Grapes were growing well as fruit thinning activities continued. Mechanical vineyard maintenance continued. Grapefruit and Valencia and Navel oranges were packed for export to domestic markets. Citrus groves were thinned, topped and skirted. Some citrus was pushed out in preparation for new plantings.

 NUT CROPS

Orchards continue to be irrigated. Almonds, walnuts, and pistachios were developing well. Sunburn protective sprays were applied to some walnut groves.

 VEGETABLE CROPS

Black-eye peas progressed well in Kings County. In Tulare County, bell peppers, cucumbers, eggplant, and tomatoes continued to be harvested. Tomato, cucumber, and zucchini harvests continued in the Sacramento Valley. Cherry tomato harvest began.

LIVESTOCK

Foothill rangeland and non-irrigated pasture remained in fair to good condition. Sheep grazed in fallow fields. Bees were active in melon and sunflower fields.

 

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