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Crop Report: April 5th, 2021

Tomatoes

Tomatoes

Conventionals – Transplanting continues and is progressing as expected. We have currently transplanted 15% of our crop. Conditions continue to be favorable for planting.
San Marzano Style – Transplanting has completed. Plants look good and continue to grow nicely.
Organics – Plants continue to grow in the fields. All plants are looking good and maturing as expected.

Peaches

Peaches

Organics – Jackets have split and fruit is beginning to show on the trees. All normal cultural practices and crop protection continue.
Conventionals – Almost all varieties have begun to split their jackets exposing the emerging fruit. Some early varieties are completely out of their jackets. Strong winds in the last week have growers monitoring the moisture levels of the soil and irrigating as needed. Thinning will begin in the next few weeks. All normal cultural practices & crop protection continue.

Pears

Pears

Full bloom was called on March 27th in the River District and April 1st in the Mendocino District. Bloom is in line with normal timing. Blooms are uniform throughout the orchards. Lake District is expected to reach full bloom this week. All normal cultural practices and crop protections continue.

Grapes

Grapes

Vineyards are beginning to fill in with leaves. First bunch counts will start this week to gauge this harvest’s estimated tonnage. All normal cultural practices and crop protections continue.

Cherries

Cherries

Cherry crop potential continues to look good. Crop development is slightly behind last year’s timing. Harvest is projected to begin June 7-10. All cultural practices and crop protection continue as needed.

Apricots

Apricots

Fruit has emerged and jackets are beginning to split exposing this year’s crop. Fruit is currently about the size of a lima bean. Recent rain has not had any negative impacts. Fruit appears to be maturing at a uniform rate. All cultural practices and crop protection continue as needed.

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Did You Know?

Canned fruits and tomatoes are packed within just a few hours of being harvested at the peak of ripeness.