Hawaii Weekly Crop Weather Report

Here is the PDF file for the *Hawaii Crop Weather* (crop progress and condition) Report for the week ending *June 24, 2007*


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USDA NASS Hawaii Field Office
1421 South King Street
Honolulu, HI 96814-2512
1-800- 804-9514

Agricultural Highlights


Oahu orchards were in fair to good condition. Fields in windward Oahu remained in fair condition maintaining light to moderate harvesting. Leeward and central Oahu fields made good progress with active harvesting at seasonal highs. Irrigation levels were heavy during the week due to the dry days. Overall harvesting on Oahu was expected to be at moderate to heavy levels. East Hawaii orchards are in fair to good condition. Operations remain normal and harvest is active. Banana Bunchy Top virus incidences remain isolated in the Puna and Kona areas. Harvest is active.

Orchards in Puna are in fair to good condition. Soil moisture improved early in the week due to light and scattered rainfall. Overcast conditions with sunny periods are beneficial to fruit development and field operations. Seedlings in the Kapoho area are making good progress.


Head Cabbage
The crop in Waimea is in generally good condition. Light insect damage on outer leaves was noticed. Irrigation is keeping crop progress about normal. Harvest is active. The crop in Volcano improved with light showers and soil moisture. Maui head cabbage has continued to make relatively steady progress through the warm weather conditions. Insect population is increasing and growers have been diligent in monitoring their fields and maintaining a timely spraying program. This has enabled the head cabbage crop to maintain steady yields. Increased irrigation has been necessary to maintain steady growth and development for the crop. The overall condition of the head cabbage crop is good.

Sweet Corn
Oahu harvesting remained active as favorable weather conditions allowed the plants to make good progress with good market supplies from windward and central Oahu fields. Some reports of light worm damage during the week were noted. East Hawaii corn fields benefited from recent trade wind weather. Light rains have improved germination and growth rates for young seedlings. Planting and harvesting are steady.

Pickings from most Oahu fields were at moderate to heavy levels and anticipated to continue increasing as plants remained in active harvest. Melon fly infestation and light pickle worm damage has affected crop yields in some areas during the week. Irrigation levels were heavy as the dry weather continued in most crop growing areas.

Dry Onions
The dry onion crop has been affected by the prolonged warm and dry growing conditions. Some fields continued to show signs of stress and may become more susceptible to insect damage and disease. The average bulb size has also decreased. The dry onion crop is in fair to good condition.

Coffee orchards in South Kona are benefiting from almost daily afternoon showers in mountain regions. Ka`u orchards have received less moisture, but misty conditions and cloud covered afternoons are beneficial for development of the current crop.

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