Agriculture

Merced County crop report: Almond, grape and fig harvests continue

SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG
Field workers sort sweetpotatoes according to size and place them in different bins before being shipped off Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 afternoon in a field off of Ashby Road.
SUN-STAR PHOTO BY MARCI STENBERG Field workers sort sweetpotatoes according to size and place them in different bins before being shipped off Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 afternoon in a field off of Ashby Road. Merced Sun-Star

A report on crop conditions for Merced County for the week ending Sept. 26 has been released by the Merced County Agricultural Commissioner's office.

Weed control spraying continues to be done on small grain fields. Rice harvest has begun.

The seventh cutting of alfalfa continues. Rye and silage corn harvests continue, and new alfalfa planting is ongoing. Dry bean harvest has begun, and sweet corn harvest is complete. Prepping of cotton for defoliation is under way.

Almond, wine grape, fig and raisin harvests continue. Peach harvest is winding down and pistachio harvest has begun.

Freezer bean, bell pepper, cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon and sweet potato harvests continue. Parsley harvest is winding down.

Pasture and range conditions are good, with supplemental feeding of hay and nutrients to livestock continuing.

-- Carol Reiter

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