Florida growers dodge showers to finish harvest

Scattered rainfall skipped some Florida localities during the week of Nov. 19-25. Parts of the eastern and central Panhandle and the Big Bend area received from one to two or more inches of rain during the period.

Elsewhere, only traces to about half an inch fell. Apopka, Avalon, Immokalee, Lake Alfred, Orlando, and Palmdale reported no measurable rain during the week.

Temperatures at the major stations averaged normal to two degrees above normal. Daytime highs were in the 70s and 80s. Nighttime lows were in the 40s, 50s, and 60s with Dover, Jay, Tallahassee, and Umatilla recording at least one low in the 30s.

Rains in some eastern and central Panhandle and Big Bend localities interrupted harvesting.

Cotton picking is nearing the end. Most peanut digging is finished. Peanut condition was rated 20 percent very poor, 25 percent poor, 20 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.

Soil moisture ratings improved in areas receiving rainfall with ratings mostly adequate for the central and eastern Panhandle. However, the western Panhandle reported very short soil moisture. Some Big Bend and northern Peninsula areas remained dry with soil moisture rated short to adequate. The central Peninsula reported very short to short soil moisture while the southern Peninsula reported short soil moisture.

Clear weather over most of the central and southern Peninsula allowed vegetable planting and harvesting to stay on schedule.

Crops shipped during the week included snap beans, sweet corn, cucumbers, eggplant, escarole, endive, okra, peppers, radishes, squash, strawberries, and tomatoes.

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