Here is the PDF file for the *Hawaii Crop Weather* (crop progress and condition) Report for the week ending *June 3, 2007*
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USDA NASS Hawaii Field Office
1421 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814-2512
Orchards in eastern sections of Hawaii County were in fair to good condition. Very dry conditions reduced soil moisture in most orchards. Field activities such as spraying, leaf trimming and harvesting were active during the week. Fields in windward Oahu were in fair condition as Banana Bunchy Top virus continued to affect fields. Leeward and central Oahu fields made good progress, but were slowed by light Banana Bunchy Top damage. Irrigation levels remained at moderate to heavy levels during the week due to the dry days. Fruit development continued to make good progress with the longer sunny days and warmer temperatures. Orchards on Kauai were in fair to good condition. Moderate to heavy irrigation was necessary for normal crop development.
Big Island orchards in the lower Puna area were in fair condition. Very light passing showers provided some moisture, but more showers are needed. Newly planted and young orchards made slow progress due to the hot and dry conditions. Harvesting was at moderate levels. On Oahu, fruit development and ripening were good, however, mealy bugs and ring spot virus in some fields kept production lower than anticipated. Orchards on Kauai continued to make fair to good progress. Spraying to contain insect populations was on a regular schedule.
Hot and dry conditions in the Waimea area of the Big Island required heavy irrigation for normal crop progress. Insect and disease losses were light. Head quality was generally good. The crop was in generally good condition. Maui?s crop continued to make good progress with the warming conditions. Insect pressure for most areas increased, but producers were able to keep damage to a minimum. Crop development was optimal and overall quality was good. Average head size has increased thereby contributing to higher yields. Producers were monitoring their fields closely and maintaining a timely spraying program to keep the insect pressure under control. On Oahu, insect infestations were at light levels and mostly under control. New plantings were in good condition.
On Oahu, beneficial weather conditions allowed the plants to make good progress with good market supplies from central fields. Windward fields made good progress during the week and are expected to harvest at moderate levels. Plantings in windward areas of Hawaii County were in fair to good condition. Soil moisture was decreasing and may soon affect crop progress. New plantings have increased.
The dry onion Maui?s crop benefited from the past couple of weeks of warm growing conditions. Crop development has been very good. Overall average bulb size continued to increase and quality was good. Packing out of the Maui crop was expected to continue although there may be a slight temporary slow down. Overall, the Maui onion crop was in good condition. Miscellaneous
The crop in east Hawaii Count was in fair to good condition. Prolonged dry conditions have slowed crop progress.
Orchards on Kauai made fair progress during the week with most of the plants receiving limited irrigation as reservoir levels continued to decrease. Rainfall during the week was too sparse to provide any relief for soil moisture.