Southern California Crop Update from Dylan Rogers, Sales Account Manager
Southern California has experienced more than 25 days of 100+ degree-days. The heat has helped crops begin to catch up as they started summer on a cooler note. Looking specifically at table grapes, the early-season growers are already harvesting. Therefore, growers with a late-season variety should still be aware of their fertility program, specifically potassium in the program as they begin to get closer to harvest. Growers should also be looking for potential diseases or pests. One in particular to look for this year is powdery mildew, as that has been prevalent in some areas.
Switching to the tree nut side of things, almond growers should begin putting together their post-harvest crop nutrition program, as harvest will begin very soon and will ramp up quickly. This year there has been some naval orange worm pressure, so be on the lookout for that as well. Pistachio harvest should also be starting in the next 3 to 4 weeks.
We will have another Southern California Crop Update a bit later in the season. Until then, we hope that growers have a safe and successful harvest and look forward to their crop of 2020!