The latest California Crop Weather report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Field Office in Sacramento, Calif.
Peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes, Gala and Fuji apples, and pears were harvested and packed in the Central Valley.
Valencia oranges were picked in the Central Valley and along the southern coast, though harvest slowed due to quality issues stemming from the re-greening of fruit. The lemon harvest along the southern coast neared completion while picking began in the desert region.
The SJV table, wine, and raisin grape harvests continued. Pomegranates showed good development in size and color. Fruit in olive orchards matured in size at a slow pace due to a heavy crop set.
The shaking and harvesting of Nonpareil almond varieties in the Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys was well underway as hull splitting continued in later varieties. There were grower reports of salt water damage in western SJV almond orchards.
Irrigation in walnut and pistachio orchards was ongoing as the crop developed at a slow pace.