Mid-winter has arrived after the Valley and Northern California closed the books on a very wet January.
|Cotton field beds ready for planting this season.|
Cotton growers have pretty much finished cultivating fields and added soil amendments to prepare the beds for spring. Cold weather alfalfa fields have had herbicide applications made or sheep brought in for grazing and weed control. Local alfalfa seed was exported to Algeria, Bolivia, Italy and Saudi Arabia.
In the office, growers are wrapping up paperwork for county agriculture commissioners and mapping out crop plans for this season. Some are turning in continuing education hours records to renew their private applicator cards. Others are turning in crop report survey forms.
|Sheep grazing in an alfalfa field. (Bruce Hoar photo)|
|State Water surveyors on their monthly snowpack check.|
|California Aqueduct carries state water.|
Under the current allocation, State Water Project contractors would receive more than 2.5 million acre-feet of the 4.17 million acre-feet they sought. An acre-foot is enough water to supply two typical households for a year.
Valley growers are waiting for the feds to make its water allocation announcement. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation usually makes its first allocation of Central Valley Project water in mid-February, though last season’s was on April 1. Stay tuned.