Sacramento, Calif., (October 24, 2017) – Parts of the State saw rainfall for the first time in a couple of weeks, with reports of almost two inches of rain near the California/Oregon border. The south coast had reports of little to no rain.
Temperature highs were in the 60s to 70s in the mountains, 70s to 100s along the coast, 80s to 90s in the valley, and 80s to 100s in the desert. Temperature lows were in the 20s to 30s in the mountains, 30s to the 50s in the desert, 30s to 60s along the coast, and 40s to 50s in the valley.
Alfalfa fields continued to be cut and baled. Sorghum fields were being harvested. Cotton was being harvested for lint and seed, and farmers were expecting a decent yield. Most summer crops have been harvested, and fields were being worked and fertilized for winter planting.
Stone fruit season was essentially finished. A few old orchards were pushed out. Soil amendments were applied to some stone fruit orchards. Pear, kiwifruit and pomegranate harvest continued. Table grape harvest was winding down. Thompson seedless grapes were rolled and picked up for raisins. Persimmon harvest began, with the cooler weather helping with external color. Early navel oranges were being picked and tested for maturity. Citrus orchards were being skirted and trimmed for the coming season. Some orange groves were being pushed out to make way for new plantings.Lemons were being picked. The heavy olive crop continued to be harvested.
The almond harvest is all but finished for the season. A few groves still had nuts on the ground. Walnut and pistachio harvests continued.
Broccoli and Brussel sprout harvests continued. Certified producers were picking tomatoes, sweet corn, okra, cucumbers, squash, and peppers. Commercial plantings of Yellow squash, eggplant, Bell peppers, chili peppers, and cucumbers were being harvested and shipped domestically. Fall vegetables were developing well and some early varieties are almost ready for harvest. Pumpkin patches looked very mature and are ready for picking.
Non-irrigated and foothill rangeland forage was reported to be in poor to very poor condition. Supplemental feeding of cattle was ongoing. Cattle continued to be moved down from high elevation range. Sheep grazed harvested grain fields in Tulare County.