The following is the latest California Crop Weather report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Sacramento, Calif., Field Office:
Another active week in the Pacific Ocean brought cooler than average temperatures and moderate, widespread precipitation to all but the southern extremities of California.
A cold front moved across Northern California on Monday bringing cooler temperatures and precipitation to the northwest coast and mountains while a high pressure ridge built over Southern California. By Tuesday, the low pressure system progressed toward Central California delivering cooler temperatures and precipitation to the Bay area, Central Valley, and the Sierras.
A weak low pressure system entered northwestern California Wednesday bringing a bout of cooler temperatures and the week’s heaviest rain to northern California. A high pressure ridge dominated California Thursday bringing drier and warmer conditions.
By Friday, southern California remained mild and dry as the high pressure ridge shifted east while a new cold front moved into northwest California from the Pacific bringing precipitation to the coast.
On Saturday the cold temperatures and precipitation moved east toward the Central Valley while the South remained dry with near normal mild temperatures. Sunday included the strengthening of a new ridge that allowed dry and warming conditions to prevail.
Winter wheat, oat, rye, and barley fields continued to progress. Early-planted fields started to head out. Dryland crops continued to benefit from recent rainfall. Weed control continued on small grain crops. Corn, cotton, and bean fields were prepared for planting as field conditions allowed. Alfalfa fields continued to grow well.
Full bloom continued for plum, prune, peach, cherry, and other early varieties of stone fruit across the Central Valley. Fungicide sprays were applied to blooming stone fruit trees.
The picking of tangerines, Navel oranges, grapefruit, and lemons continued while the Valencia orange harvest began in the San Joaquin Valley.
Herbicide sprays were applied in Central Valley grape vineyards as buds began to swell.
Widespread bloom continued in almond orchards though petal fall increased significantly. Some growers watered orchards to protect almond trees from freezing temperatures.
Asparagus harvest continued in San Joaquin County when weather and ground conditions permitted. In Merced County, the asparagus harvest began, and the radicchio harvest progressed well.
Spinach fields in Tulare County were nearly ready to harvest. Fields were prepared for summer vegetables. Squash was planted under plastic hot caps. In preparation for the upcoming tomato season in Stanislaus County, tomato transplants were started in greenhouses.
The harvest of winter vegetables in Fresno County continued to wind down. Processing tomato beds were readied for transplanting. Carrots and the last of the onion crop were planted. Herbicides were applied through sprinkler systems.