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Seeding of Merced County rice fields almost complete

A report on crop conditions for Merced County for the week ending May 22 has been released by the Merced County Agricultural Commissioner’s office.

Small grain harvest continues for forage as well as hay. Rice seeding is almost complete, and some fields have started to emerge.Corn and cotton continue to be planted. The second cutting of alfalfa is almost complete.

Fungicides are being applied to grapes, and peach thinning has begun. Blueberry harvest is underway. Weed spraying in orchards continue. Cherry harvest continues.

Bell pepper, cantaloupe, honeydew, sweet potato, market tomato and processing tomato planting is ongoing.

Asparagus harvest and sweet potato field fumigations are winding down. Strawberry harvest and strawberry stock planting continue.

Supplemental livestock feeding continues. Rangeland conditions are good.

-- Carol Reiter

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