USDA California Crop/Weather Report

USDA Crop/Weather Report

Sacramento, Calif., (December 27, 2017) – The start of last week brought below normal temperatures as a system moved across the state. The northern coast received light precipitation in the form of rain and snow. In northeastern California, valley rain and mountain snow impacted the area. Precipitation was sparse in other areas due to the fast-moving front. By mid-week, a ridge of high pressure returned, causing much of the state to return to mostly dry and seasonal conditions. That allowed onshore winds to warm up much of the state back to average temperatures.

Temperature highs ranged in the 40s to 50s in the mountains, 50s to 60s in the valley, 50s to 70s along the coast, and 60s to 70s in the desert. Temperature lows were 10s to 20s in the mountains, 10s to 30s in the desert, 20s to 40s along the coast, and 30s to 40s in the valley.

Cotton fields were shredded. Growers continued to plant oats, triticale, and winter forage. Fields that were planted earlier in the season had signs of good growth. Planting was ongoing for wheat and other cereal grains and forage mixes. Irrigation had been necessary to maintain growth. Black-eyed beans were being exported to Malaysia.

Table grapes from cold storage continued to be exported.  Pruning continued in stone fruit orchards and vineyards. Some older, poorly producing orchards and vineyards were removed and prepared for replanting. Some growers prepared to apply winter dormant sprays.  The Navel orange harvest gained momentum. Pomelos were harvested.  Growers protected their citrus orchards from frost due to the cold overnight temperatures.  Strawberry fields continued to thrive.

Pistachios, almonds, walnuts, and pecans continued to be packed and shipped primarily to foreign markets.  Nut growers were busy applying winter weed sprays.  Some older orchards were pushed out and the ground was prepped for planting.

Winter vegetable fieldwork continued. Some fields were being prepared and planted with winter vegetable crops.  In the already planted winter vegetable fields, the crops continued to develop.  Brussel sprouts were harvested in San Mateo County.

The lack of rainfall had left rangeland forage in poor condition. More rain was needed to help with germination and growth of rangeland forage. Supplemental feeding of cattle was ongoing.

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