MAITLAND, Fla. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Florida, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, November 10, 2019. Precipitation estimates ranged from trace amounts to 4.45 inches in Merrit Island (Brevard County). The average mean temperature ranged from 61.4°F in Niceville (Okaloosa County) to 81.9°F in Curry Hammock State Park (Monroe County).
Maximum temperatures in the citrus growing region ranged from the mid 80s to lower 90s. The highest maximum reading was in Sebring (Highlands County), reaching 91°F. The greatest rainfall was in Auburndale (Polk County) at 2.36 inches. According to the November 7, 2019, U.S. Drought Monitor, parts of Collier and Putnam counties remain abnormally dry. The rest of the citrus growing region is drought free.
This citrus crop continued progressing well. According to the Florida Department of Fruit and Vegetables, white grapefruit, red grapefruit, early oranges, Navels, Fallglo, and Early Pride tangerines were harvested. Grove activities included mowing, applying herbicides under the trees, and general grove maintenance. Irrigation ran in all parts of the citrus growing region. There were two processing plants that were processing packinghouse eliminations for oranges and grapefruit.
Fruits and Vegetables
An increasing variety of fruits and vegetables continued to be planted while others were harvested and brought to market. Some whitefly pressures were observed on organic crops in Manatee County. Vegetable growers continued planting winter crops.
Livestock and Pastures
Cool season forages were planted in multiple counties throughout the state. Calving was reported in Brevard and Indian River counties. Cattle conditions remained mostly good throughout the state.
Peanut harvesting was nearly complete. Cotton harvesting continued in Jackson County. Producers in Lafayette County were waiting for cotton harvesting equipment in order to begin harvesting. Sugarcane planting and harvesting continued as well.