Growers ramp up spring planting

A report on crop conditions for Merced County for the week ending March 13 has been released by the Merced County Agricultural Commissioner’s office.

Herbicide spraying on small grain fields continues. Preparation for spring planting is almost complete, and some fields are being pre-irrigated. Alfalfa fields have broken dormancy and are being irrigated.

Almond pruning, orchard removal, orchard bloom spraying and field fumigations continue, and new orchards and tree replants continue to be planted. Almond and apricot bloom is ongoing. Thinning of peach orchards continues.

Sweet potato field fumigations and sweet potato hotbed planting continue. Tomato planting has begun.

Supplemental livestock feeding continues, and sheeping off of alfalfa fields is almost complete. Rangeland conditions are good, and grass continues to grow due to recent rains.

-- Carol Reiter