June 21st, 2019

Tomatoes

 

Pear Shapes – The crop is maturing as expected and looking great. Anticipated harvest date is placing this variety right after organics complete their harvest, July 25th.
Conventionals – Early, mid and late season plantings are maturing and progressing as expected. Anticipated harvest date is July 25th.
Organics – The crop is growing very nice and looking good. Anticipated harvest date is July 11th.

 


 

 

Peaches


The Ceres Carson variety, shown in the left picture, is expected to begin harvest June 26th. This is 4 days earlier than last year. Most other varieties are looking to be 3-4 days later than last year. This is shown in the Stanislaus variety in the center picture and the YC Peach variety in the right picture.

Extreme heat affects the overall fruit growth. All fruit varieties are running nearly 2 millimeters behind compared to the 5 year average.

Cooler weather in the forecast is welcomed to allow the fruit to continue their sizing.Growers continue to irrigate and perform normal cultural practices.


Cherries

Cherry harvest officially began on June 7th. Oregon and Washington harvest is in full swing and off to a great start.

Overall a very clean crop. Estimates appear to be on track with pick counts.

 


Grapes

Grapes continue to grow. Berries are currently hard and green.

Growers are applying irrigation as needed for quality and size. Regular cultural practices continue with the estimated harvest date of August 1st.


Pears

Fruit continues to grow with sizes varying in all orchards from 1.5” to 2.15”. Crop looks clean throughout. Regular irrigation and cultural practices continue in the orchards. Estimated harvest date is July 22nd.

 


Apricots

The first load of apricots was picked on June 20th, 6 days later than last year. Only 1 load was ready for harvest with picking scheduled to resume June 26th. Quantity is there. Farmers will continue to monitor and begin picking as size and quality deem orchards ready for harvest.

 

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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.