California crop report from NASS

Here’s the latest California crop report from the Sacramento field office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, as of Jan. 25.

Field crops

Field work continued with ground preparation, cultivation, irrigation and weed control in alfalfa, barley, oat, rye, and wheat fields. Winter wheat and grains were growing well due to warm conditions. Early plants continued to progress.

Rice fields were being cultivated, fertilized, and irrigated to prepare for spring planting.

Fruit crops

Pruning and tying continues in vineyards. Pre-emergent and contact herbicides are being applied to the orchard floor.

Flower buds developed on nectarine and apricot trees in the San Joaquin Valley. Oranges, lemons, mandarins, and grapefruit continue developing as harvest continues. In the San Joaquin Valley, the orange crop began to show some damage due to drought conditions.

Kiwi harvest continues. Raspberry and strawberry nursery stock digging and trimming continues.

Nut crops

Pruning continues in almond, walnut, and pistachio orchards. Pre-emergent weed control spraying continues as well as dormant spraying. Tree removal and replanting of nursery stock continues.

Almond and pistachio crops in the San Joaquin Valley began to show some damage due to drought conditions.

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