NASS update on California field, fruit, nut, and vegetable crops

Field crops

Wheat and oat fields were still being prepared for fall planting. The alfalfa harvest period was extended because of the prolonged mild weather. Sudan hay and rice harvest continued, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s California office in Sacramento.

Cotton harvest was beginning with defoliation complete in some fields. Safflower harvest continued. Harvest of corn for grain and silage was nearing completion. Blackeye bean harvest was just beginning. Sweet potato harvest continued in Merced County.

Fruit crops

Grape harvest was winding down; picking had already ended for some growers. Weather was ideal for harvesting. Stone fruit harvest was about complete. Some orchards were being pruned and cleaned in anticipation of winter. Kiwi harvest continued in Yuba County. Light yields were reported due to freezing April temperatures.

Persimmon harvest advanced. Pomegranates were also harvested. Asian pears were being picked and packed. Strawberries were picked. Some packing houses were continuing to pick Valencia oranges. Harvest of Navels began but picking was limited. Satsuma mandarins were being harvested in Stanislaus County. Other varieties of mandarins were still maturing. The harvest of desert lemons continued and supplies were plentiful. Olives and avocados were also harvested.

Nut crops

Almond and walnut harvests were almost complete in some areas. Almond pruning had begun and fertilizing was expected to begin soon. Pistachio harvest had ended in Merced County.

Vegetable crops

Harvests of fresh market tomatoes and cauliflower continued in Central California counties. Pumpkin harvests were in full swing throughout the state. In Tulare County, local pumpkins and Indian corn were sold roadside and at Farmers’ markets. The fall-crop broccoli harvest began and spinach grown for freezer packaging was almost ready for cutting.

In Merced County, processing tomatoes and watermelon harvests slowed down and producers completed the cantaloupe harvest. A few basil fields experienced mild frost. Fresno County lost all of its basil to frost. However, organic parsley and cilantro preformed well. Tomato beds were prepared, and carrots were fertilized, irrigated and treated with fungicide.

Sutter County farmers continued their fieldwork, preparing the ground while finishing up the vineseed harvest. Imperial County growers planted onions, carrots, edible beets, and lettuce. Stanislaus County farmers transplanted cauliflower to the Westside of the county and certified producers planted winter vegetables.

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