USDA Crop/Weather Report

USDA California Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (October 11, 2017) – A warming trend took place across the state this week in response to a retreating upper-level trough, however,  cold temperatures were still reported in most areas.  Dry conditions prevailed across the state with no reported precipitation. Warm afternoon temperatures led to further melt of the limited snowpack in the mountains, with patchy snow still seen on the peak of Mt. Shasta and the Stanislaus National Forest.

Temperature highs were in the 40s to 60s in the mountains, 50s to 60s along the coast, 70s to 80s in the Valley, and 70s to 90s in the desert. Temperature lows were in the 10s to 40s in the mountains, 40s to 50s along the coast, and 40s to 60s in the desert and the valley.

Alfalfa fields continued to be irrigated, cut, and baled. Sorghum fields were harvested. Cotton bolls continued to develop, and fields were prepared for harvest. Black-eyed beans continued to be harvested. Rice harvest progressed well, aided by warm temperatures. Corn for silage was harvested.

Peaches, nectarines, and plums continued to be picked and shipped to both domestic and foreign markets.  Soil amendments were being applied to some stone fruit orchards. Finished raisin trays were rolled up for pickup. Wine and table grape harvest continued. Over the weekend high dry winds fanned 17 fires across the northern part of the state. Lingering smoke as well as direct fire damage could impact the wine grapes not yet harvested. Several winery buildings were burned in Sonoma County. The majority of the Napa and Sonoma County wine grapes have been harvest. Asian pear, fig, and pomegranate harvesting continued.  Kiwifruit harvest was ramping up for the season.  Persimmons were changing color.  Most citrus packing houses prepared for the new navel orange season.  Citrus orchards were skirted and trimmed for the coming season.  Some orange groves were pushed out to make way for new plantings. Olives were harvested and the crop was reported by some to be heavy.

The almond harvest continued to wrap up across the state. Walnut and Pistachio harvests continued.

The brussel sprout harvest was in full swing in San Mateo county. There was increased field activity for lettuce and broccoli in Monterey, though late planting may delay harvest. Fall vegetables developed well in Tulare, with some early varieties nearly ready for harvest. Tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, and peppers were picked by certified producers. Pumpkinpatches matured and were prepared for harvest.

Non-irrigated and foothill rangeland was reported to be in poor to very poor condition. Supplemental feeding of cattle continued. Cattle were moved down from high elevation range. Northern Sierra foothill wildfires burned rangeland and forced evacuations of large animals across the north part of the state.

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