Crops report for Saturday, February 21, 2009

Small grains and rice: Weed spraying in grains continues. Fertilizer is being applied by air on grains.

Other field crops: Dormant spraying in alfalfa fields is winding down. Field preparation for spring planting continues.

Fruits, nuts, grapes and berries: Weed spraying in orchards and vineyards continues. Preplant fumigation continues in new almond and walnut orchards. New orchards continue to be planted. Almond bloom is under way, along with bloom spraying of fungicides. This year's almond pollination got off to a poor start with cold temeratures and rain during the early part of the week; however, it improved during the latter part.

Vegetables: Radicchio harvest continues. Sweet potato hotbeds continue to be planted.

Livestock and poultry: Rangeland conditions continue to improve due to continued rain events this week, and rangeland grasses continue to grow well. Supplemental livestock feeding of hay and nutrients continues. Calving continues. Alfalfa fields continue to be sheeped off. Movement of out-of-state bees into the county and placement of hives in orchards is complete.