USDA Crop/Weather Report

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (September 12, 2017) – Hot weather continued, but enough moisture moved into the state to drive scattered showers across the mountains and northern valley. Additional monsoon showers were seen in the deserts.  Most areas that saw rain saw less than half an inch, although a few heavier downpours led to nearly an inch of rainfall in isolated locations. Patchy snow continued at elevated, sheltered areas in the Lassen Volcanic Park, with a maximum depth of up to a foot. In addition, there was still one to three feet of snow on the peak of Shasta.

Temperature highs were in the 60s to 80s along the coast, 70s to 90s in the mountains, and 90s to 100s in the valley and desert.  Temperature lows were in the 30s to 50s in the mountains, 50s to 60s along the coast, 60s to 70s in the valley, and 60s to 80s in the desert.

Rice was nearly completely headed. Alfalfa fields continued to be irrigated, cut and baled. Sorghum for silage was in various stages of development. Cotton was being irrigated and bolls continued to develop. Black-eyed beans were drying and nearing harvest.

Stone fruit harvest was nearly complete.  Harvest of some late variety stone fruit orchards continued.  Wine, table, and raisingrape harvest was ongoing.  Harvest of some early wine grape varieties was complete.  Raisin grapes continued to be placed on trays for drying.  Pomegranate harvest continued.  Persimmons continued to gain size and change color.  Valencia oranges and lemons were harvested and packed.  Early apple varieties were harvested.

The almond harvest continued.  Walnut orchards were being prepared for harvest and sprayed for husk fly and orangeworm.  Ethephon sprays were applied to some walnut groves.  Pistachio harvest continued.

In Colusa County, the processing tomato harvest continued.  Reported issues included both mold and excessive quantities of green tomatoes.  In San Joaquin County, harvest continued for honeydew melons, watermelons, cantaloupes, pumpkin, squash, and processing tomatoes.  Farmers Market vegetables continue to be harvested and offered for sale.   In Monterey County, the weather was hot, which affected lettuce growth.  Seedstem showed up in romaine and iceberg lettuce.  Continued heat and cloudy conditions expected next week may continue to impact the harvest.  In San Mateo County, beans were harvested.  Pumpkins started reaching maturity.  In Tulare County, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and peppers were picked by certified producers and sold at the local Farmers Markets.  Yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant, Bell peppers, green chili peppers, and cucumbers were harvested and shipped domestically.  Fall vegetables were planted and developing well.

Rangeland and dryland pastures continued to decrease in nutritive value necessitating supplemental feeding of livestock. Sheep continued to graze retired cropland as well as harvested melon and vegetable fields.  Bees were still active in squash fields.

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