The latest California Crop Weather report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Sacramento, Calif., Field Office:

Weather

Warmer than normal high temperatures were reported Monday across most of California as weak ridging dominated the weather pattern.

During the mid-part of the period, a trough of low pressure from the Pacific moved onshore and resided over extreme Northern California. This created an increase in the Delta influence, and lowered temperatures to around 5 degrees below normal on Thursday. Regions in southern California, including Imperial Valley, were not influenced by this weather system as temperatures remained near normal.

An even deeper trough moved onshore Saturday into Sunday keeping temperatures 5-10 degrees below normal for southern California. Light sprinkles fell in close proximity to the northern Sierra Nevada crest on Saturday.

Field crops

While weed and insect control continued in alfalfa fields, cuttings ranged from the third in Siskiyou County to the sixth in Fresno County. Wheat straw was baled from the grain harvest.

Sunflower fields were defoliated for harvest. Safflower was harvested in Sutter County. The harvest just started in Kern County.

Rice fields continued to progress. Corn was harvested for silage in much of the San Joaquin Valley (SJV). Cotton growth continued with fields at various stages of bloom and squaring.

Sugar beets were harvested in Fresno County. Field operations continued with irrigation, ground preparation, and spray applications of fertilizer, herbicide, and insecticide, as needed.