Crop Report: March 29, 2019


Full bloom was called on March 16th. Optimal weather created a short and uniformed bloom. Petal fall is well underway, and in one early blooming orchard, pea size fruits can already be seen. Growers continue to monitor orchards and are starting to plan for thinning.


Full bloom was called on March 18th. Bloom appeared to be even this year and crop potential looks good. Petal fall has begun in some of the early blooming varieties and leaves are beginning to push. We anticipate thinning to be a priority.


Currently, for crop development, we are 14 days behind normal timing. Our earliest cherries are at side green and swollen. Full bloom for cherries is 3 to 4 weeks out, about April 12th-19th.


Bud break was called in Bakersfield last week and Madera should be soon. Growers are maintaining the vineyards and vines look good.


Buds are showing on the trees but are still pretty tight. There are some swollen and split buds and very few flowers can be seen.


Organic Tomatoes:

Transplanting is complete and plants are doing well.

Pear Tomatoes:

Transplanting began last week and is going well. Transplanting conditions continue to be good.

Conventional Tomatoes:

Very little transplanting began last week. Some growers were able to start but had to stop due to rain last Wednesday.

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